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Ryan Roth Leads Team Canada with Superb Top 15 Finish at Road Worlds as Sagan Triumphs Again + PHOTOS

by pedalmag.com
Ryan Roth  ©  Chris Auld
October 16, 2016 (Doha, Qatar) – Team Canada’s Ryan Roth delivered a superb 15th place finish in the  257.5km Elite Men’s Road Race as Peter Sagan (Slovakia) defended his title in the final sprint to the line. Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) was second and Tom Boonen (Belgium) took the final spot on the podium. Only 53 riders out of 199 starters finished the long hot ride that saw crosswinds split the peloton at the 170km mark.

(l-r) Sagan,Nizzolo, Boonen, Matthews, Cavendish  ©  Cov Vos
Sagan takes it  ©  Cor Vos
Sagan wins  ©
Sagan, Cavendish, Boonen at the finish  ©

Roth was out front for the entire day as he instigated an early break of 7 riders that built up a lead of over 9 min but was caught after 145km by the lead chase group. Roth joined the leaders that stayed away until the finish as Germany missed the key split and was caught behind when crosswinds caused the peloton to spinter at 170km to go.

“My role for today was to try and get in the early breakaway,” explained Roth in a team release. “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.”

Ryan Roth in the early break ©

The lead pack of 30 riders included many of the heavy hitters along with Sagan, Cavendish and Boonen were Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo from Italy, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway), Niki Terpstra (Netherlands), Alexander Kristoff (Norway) and Olympic champ Greg van Avermaet (Belgium). Belgium had six riders in the break and two in the chase group and was very much in control for Boonen.

Roth at the rear of the break  ©

Roth stayed out of trouble at the back and recouperated from his earlier efforts in the break. Behind his teammates Antoine Duchesne, Hugo Houle and Guillaume Boivin were in the chasing group that also contained Germany’s Andre Greipel along with his teammates Jon Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel. Fellow Canucks Ryan Anderson and Adam de Vos were sidelined earlier on.

“We didn’t have a lot of information, but we heard that there was a selection coming up fast, so we backed off and waited for them to catch us. Once we got to the circuit it was … just get to the next lap, and then the next one,” added Roth.

Antoine Duchesne  ©  Chris Auld
Guillaume Boivin  ©  Chris Auld
Hugo Houle  ©  Chris Auld
As the finish line approached the Germans behind became frustrated as Degenkolb sprayed one of the Belgian riders with his water battle in despair. Soon after both he and Kittel abandoned as the gap to the leaders was approaching 3 min.

Kittel and Degenkolb call it a day  ©  Cor Vos
On the final lap it was every man for himself as the attacks began but nothing would stick until 2km to go when Tom Leezer (Ned) made a bid for glory but was caught as the bunch came together for the final sprint to the line. Cavendish launched but missed his lead out by teammate Adam Blythe as Sagan on the outside timed his move perfectly to take his second rainbow jersey.

Sagan can't believe it  ©  Cor Vos
Sagan triumphs  ©  Cor Vos

“For the finale, I actually wasn’t feeling too bad, so I just wanted to do the best result I could. A gap opened up just in front of me in the last kilometre, so I wasn’t able to be with the front guys sprinting, which was a bit disappointing,” said Roth at the finish.

Roth crossed the line in 15th for one his most satifying races and the best Canadian finish in Elite Men’s race at the Road Worlds since Hamilton 2003 where Michael Barry was seventh. Roth persevered in the heat, wind and at times severe pace for an amazing day in the saddle to bring home an stellar Canadian performance.

Ryan Roth  ©  Chris Auld

“I also have to say thanks to all the staff who worked so hard. Our prep camp in Israel played a huge part in the team being prepared for this kind of race, so I have to give a special thanks to [team supporter] Sylvan Adams who made it possible,” he concluded.

Ryan Roth at the finish  ©  Cor Vos

Team manager Kevin Field said, “I assigned break duty to Ryan because I trust 100% he can do it when asked. And it was a good chance for us to have a reliable guy up the road before the echelons started. For us, the race played out exactly like we expected, and it was super important having Ryan up there.”

Final podium  ©  Cor Vos


1.    Peter Sagan (Slovakia)    5:40:43
2.    Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
3.    Tom Boonen (Belgium)
4.    Michael Matthews (Australia)
5.    Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy)
6.    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
7.    Alexander Kristoff (Norway)
8.    William Bonnet (France)
9.    Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)
10.    Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
11.    Jacopo Guarnieri (Italy)
12.    Adam Blythe (Great Britain)
13.    Natnael Berhane (Eritrea)    0:04
14.    Jurgen Roelandts (Belgium)    0:09
15.    Ryan Roth (Canada)    
16.    Truls Korsaeth (Norway)
17.    Tom Leezer (Netherlands)
18.    Nick Dougall (South Africa)
19.    Michal Kolar (Slovakia)    0:13
20.    Elia Viviani (Italy)    0:14
21.    Mathew Hayman (Australia)    0:21
22.    Anas Ait El Abdia (Morocco)    2:48
23.    Oliver Naesen (Belgium)    4:00
24.    Jasper Stuyven (Belgium)
25.    Daniele Bennati (Italy)
26.    Alexsandr Porsev (Russian Federation)    5:26
27.    Aidis Kruopis (Lithuania)
28.    Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Argentina)
29.    Magnus Cort Nielsen (Denmark)
30.    Sven Erik Bystrom (Norway)
31.    Yauheni Hutarovich (Belarus)
32.    Nacer Bouhanni (France)
33.    Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spain)
34.    Marco Haller (Austria)
35.    Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)
36.    Michael Schar (Switzerland)
37.    Dylan Groenewegen (Netherlands)
38.    Stefan Kueng (Switzerland)
39.    Juraj Sagan (Slovakia)
40.    Maciej Bodnar (Poland)
41.    Iljo Keisse (Belgium)
42.    Andre Greipel (Germany)
43.    Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)
44.    Koen De Kort (Netherlands)
45.    Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)
46.    Manuel Quinziato (Italy)
47.    Jens Debusschere (Belgium)
48.    Dylan Van Baarle (Netherlands)
49.    Ben Swift (Great Britain)
50.    Mitchell Docker (Australia)
51.    Zakkari Dempster (Australia)    0:05:33
52.    Scott Thwaites (Great Britain)
53.    Robin Carpenter (United States Of America)    0:06:03
DNF    Jens Keukeleire (Belgium)
DNF    Mauro Abel Richeze (Argentina)
DNF    Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)
DNF    Ryan Mullen (Ireland)
DNF    Marc Sarreau (France)
DNF    Arnaud Demare (France)
DNF    Hugo Houle (Canada)    
DNF    Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)
DNF    Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan)
DNF    David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spain)
DNF    Jack Bauer (New Zealand)
DNF    Francisco Ventoso (Spain)
DNF    Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spain)
DNF    Reto Hollenstein (Switzerland)
DNF    Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan)
DNF    Youcef Reguigui (Algeria)
DNF    Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan)
DNF    Nikolas Maes (Belgium)
DNF    Joseph Rosskopf (United States Of America)
DNF    Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland)
DNF    Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spain)
DNF    Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spain)
DNF    Bernhard Eisel (Austria)
DNF    Dion Smith (New Zealand)
DNF    Matt Brammeier (Ireland)
DNF    Lukasz Wisniowski (Poland)
DNF    Antoine Duchesne (Canada)    
DNF    Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)
DNF    Daniel Hoelgaard (Norway)
DNF    Michael Morkov (Denmark)
DNF    Lars Ytting Bak (Denmark)
DNF    Guillaume Boivin (Canada)    
DNF    Jos Van Emden (Netherlands)
DNF    Matti Breschel (Denmark)
DNF    Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)
DNF    John Degenkolb (Germany)
DNF    Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Russian Federation)
DNF    Marcel Kittel (Germany)
DNF    Sonny Colbrelli (Italy)
DNF    Jasha Sutterlin (Germany)
DNF    Jean-Pierre Drucker (Luxembourg)
DNF    Christophe Laporte (France)
DNF    Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)
DNF    Tony Martin (Germany)
DNF    Gregory Rast (Switzerland)
DNF    Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)
DNF    Nils Politt (Germany)
DNF    Sam Bennett (Ireland)
DNF    Heinrich Haussler (Australia)
DNF    Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukraine)
DNF    Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)
DNF    Soufiane Haddi (Morocco)
DNF    Azzedine Lagab (Algeria)
DNF    Alexey Vermeulen (United States Of America)
DNF    Chad Haga (United States Of America)
DNF    Clint Hendricks (South Africa)
DNF    Ryan Gibbons (South Africa)
DNF    Daniel Turek (Czech Republic)
DNF    Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukraine)
DNF    Mihkel Raim (Estonia)
DNF    Vitaliy Buts (Ukraine)
DNF    Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Colombia)
DNF    Omar Alberto Mendoza Cardona (Colombia)
DNF    Ian Stannard (Great Britain)
DNF    Maksym Averin (Azerbaijan)
DNF    Lukasz Owsian (Poland)
DNF    Maciej Paterski (Poland)
DNF    Matti Manninen (Finland)
DNF    Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)
DNF    Danny Van Poppel (Netherlands)
DNF    Mark Renshaw (Australia)
DNF    Adrian Banaszek (Poland)
DNF    Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
DNF    Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands)
DNF    Luka Pibernik (Slovenia)
DNF    Jiri Polnicky (Czech Republic)
DNF    Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
DNF    Fabio Sabatini (Italy)
DNF    Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Colombia)
DNF    Adam De Vos (Canada)    
DNF    Brayan Stiven Ramirez Chacon (Colombia)
DNF    Ruslan Tleubayev (Kazakhstan)
DNF    Daniel Oss (Italy)
DNF    Andzs Flaksis (Latvia)
DNF    Yoann Offredo (France)
DNF    Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)
DNF    Cyril Lemoine (France)
DNF    Anton Vorobyev (Russian Federation)
DNF    Karol Domagalski (Poland)
DNF    Maxim Belkov (Russian Federation)
DNF    Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uruguay)
DNF    Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)
DNF    Sergey Lagutin (Russian Federation)
DNF    Andrei Nechita (Romania)
DNF    Martin Elmiger (Switzerland)
DNF    Pirmin Lang (Switzerland)
DNF    Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spain)
DNF    Kristoffer Skjerping (Norway)
DNF    Diego Rubio (Spain)
DNF    Andriy Kulyk (Ukraine)
DNF    Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)
DNF    Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)
DNF    Luke Rowe (Great Britain)
DNF    Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)
DNF    Walter Alejandro Vargas Alzate (Colombia)
DNF    Daniel Mclay (Great Britain)
DNF    Adrien Petit (France)
DNF    Geoffrey Soupe (France)
DNF    Luke Durbridge (Australia)
DNF    Caleb Ewan (Australia)
DNF    Steele Von Hoff (Australia)
DNF    Matteo Trentin (Italy)
DNF    Sondre Holst Enger (Norway)
DNF    Roman Maikin (Russian Federation)
DNF    Eric Marcotte (United States Of America)
DNF    Vojtech Hacecky (Czech Republic)
DNF    Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)
DNF    Frantisek Sisr (Czech Republic)
DNF    Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukraine)
DNF    Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine)
DNF    Jose Goncalves (Portugal)
DNF    Sergio Paulinho (Portugal)
DNF    Grega Bole (Slovenia)
DNF    Luka Mezgec (Slovenia)
DNF    Metkel Eyob (Eritrea)
DNF    Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea)
DNF    Issak Tesfom Okubamariam (Eritrea)
DNF    Meron Teshome Hagos (Eritrea)
DNF    Alo Jakin (Estonia)
DNF    Gert Joeaar (Estonia)
DNF    Salaheddine Mraouni (Morocco)
DNF    Abderrahmane Mehdi Hamza (Algeria)
DNF    Ryan Anderson (Canada)    
DNF    Siarhei Papok (Belarus)
DNF    Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
DNF    Francisco Chamorro (Argentina)
DNF    Maris Bogdanovics (Latvia)
DNF    Burr Ho (Hong Kong, China)
DNF    Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwanda)
DNF    Rene Corella (Mexico)
DNF    Hassen Ben Nasser (Tunisia)
DNF    Tedros Redae (Ethiopia)
DNF    Jonas Ahlstrand (Sweden)
DNF    Myagmarsuren Baasankhuu (Mongolia)
DNS    Rigoberto Uran Uran (Colombia)
DNS    Vegard Breen (Norway)


3 Comments For This Post

  1. KatieM, ON, Canada says:

    Would be nice if you credited Cycling Canada with a large portion of your report since they provided it. http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/road/news/roth-15th-in-elite-mens-world-championship-road-race/

  2. Editor, , says:

    Hi Katie,

    Yes we did use Ryan Roth’s quotes from the team release and have included that now which we usually do – sorry we missed that. Pls review again as otherwise I think you’ll find that the two reports are quite different and unique.


  3. rhp96, QC, Canada says:

    The last couple of months have been good for Canadian cyclists on the road, this is a nice way to cap the season. Congrats to Ryan for this result!

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