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Worlds ’16: Men’s Road Race Photo Book!
Worlds Photo Book: Our PEZ photographer, Chenthil Mohan, was at the big race of the World championships on Sunday to take the sights of Doha and the elite men’s race. The championships may have been low on excitement, but Chenthil captures the action in Qatar and the top class finish.


– Photos by Chenthil Mohan –

The start in the Aspire Zone of Doha was on the edge of the built up city, in the shadow of one of the highest towers.

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Torch Doha in Aspire Park Doha, was the sign in point for the Day’s Race

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Belgium fans where the noisiest of the lot and turned up at the start line

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The early break crossing the 45km mark

The break of the day: Berhane (Eritrea), Corella (Mexico), Dougall (Republic of South Africa), El Abdia (Morocco), Lagkuti (Ukraine), Ramirez (Colombia) and Roth (Canada).

Canadian, Ryan Roth eventually finished 15th. “My role for today was to try and get in the early breakaway,” explained Roth. “It’s a hard thing to do, but luckily the first move I covered was the break of the day. Once we got up the road, it was just about managing my effort as best as possible; keep the group rolling, stay hydrated and do everything necessary to survive a long day.”

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Peloton cutting through the windy dry desert

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At first the peloton was less than interested in pulling in the break, but then the race hit the desert…

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Dust storms are a standard feature in the desert landscape. The winds blew the peloton into 5 groups which later got split into smaller groups

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The Belgian engine powered the lead group for most parts of the day till the last 5 kms

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The Belgian team had a plan – blow the race apart in the desert and then burn it to the finish.

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Feed zone in the middle of the desert

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The Belgian team kept the pressure on when the race hit the circuit on The Pearl, this finished the hopes of the German and French teams. Greipel, Kittel and Degenkolb along with Bouhanni and Demare had missed the boat and the men in light blue made sure they would not come back.

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Sagan’s fans showed up for the race in large numbers

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Sagan held onto the lead group and kept himself in the mix

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The second group which contained the Germans and the Dutch riders never pulled back the lead group of about 26 riders

Behind the first two groups the riders where going about with a slower pace before getting pulled over with one lap to go. A major chunk of riders got pulled out of the race with 4 laps to go.

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The Belgians kept the pace quite high till the very end

Tom Boonen wanted to close his career wearing the rainbow jersey for the second time. He wanted it so much he jumped strongly, but too soon.

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Cavendish jumped into the sprint a little too early along with Tom Boonen and Sagan pipped them both to the line

Cavendish lost the wheel of Sagan and had to make his own sprint, but it was too late as the man from Slovakia swooped through on the inside for his World champs double.

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Sagan retains his hold on the Rainbow Jersey

Another year of seeing Peter Sagan in ‘that’ jersey and you know he will honor the title.

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Men’s Elite Road Race Podium

An all ex-World champions podium, no matter what the course, the top men come to the fore in the Worlds.

Read the PEZ Race Report HERE and see the video in EUROTRASH HERE.
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chenthil-headshot2016An avid cycling enthusiast himself, Chenthil is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. Amongst many other hats, he runs a photography collective called Sports Anonymous (https://www.instagram.com/sports_anonymous/) covering under represented sports in Asia.

 

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