He is the survivor of a decimated Danish team. Michael Valgren saved his selection – a great contender for victory but suffered many crashes – on Sunday by taking the bronze medal in the road race of the world championships. In the group of cons in pursuit of Julian Alaphilippe, the Danish rider was beaten in the sprint by the Dutchman Dylan Van Baarle.
“We didn’t have the best day as a team. We had some bad luck with all these incidents. Pedersen fell twice, the second time with Andreas Kron, then Mikkel Honoré also fell. Then Kasper Asgreen did was not having his best day and Magnus Cort Nielsen had cramps pretty early on. I was like ‘damn, it’s up to me to handle it now’ “, recounted the 29-year-old.
After a mixed start to the season, Michael Valgren returned to the forefront at the right time. His victories in the Tour of Tuscany and then in the Coppa Sabatini in mid-September, crowned with a contract extension at EF-Education Nippo, testify to the qualities of the Dane. He proved it again this Sunday: “It’s not a miracle. I thought I could win today [Sunday], but with the way Alaphilippe was riding, it was not really possible. When Van Aert, Van der Poel and Colbrelli stood out, my goal was the podium. It’s a course that suited me like Dylan Van Baarle. I’m happy with my place. It’s a dream come true. “
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