Copenhagen : The u/23 men's world road race championships was played out last night with much interest for many reasons. But it is safe to say the result has come as a bit of a surprise. The french duo of Arnaud Démare and Adrien Petit's timed their run to absolute perfection as the duo hit out with 150m to go on the pan flat course. The Australian team rode a almost tactically perfect race as a show of some brutal strength from Luke Durbridge controled the field in the last few laps.
With 250m to go the inform English man Andrew Fenn showed that his brilliant Tour of Britain was no fluke and was the first to hit out in the uphill sprint. Australia's Michael Heppburn ( Jayco) was perfectly place after a massive effort from his team mate Thomas Palmer (Drapac) to put him in prime position for the sprint but by his own admission Heppburn conceded he did not have the legs and suffered cramp in both legs as the sprint started. Fenn was looking a hot favourite but as the road gradually titled upwards on the other side of the road the french duo were unleashing a perfectly timed sprint to overtake Fenn and hold on for a brilliant 1,2 finish.
Many have seen this as a huge warning for Sundays men's road race as Mark Cavendish looms as the big favourite and all signs point to a bunch sprint. Be sure to stream the race live on the SBS website