The road race for the World Cycling Championships takes place this Sunday morning, on the Wollongong circuit, north of Sydney (Australia).
Despite his injury in the Tour of Spain, Julian Alaphilippe lines up at the start with the French team, hoping to win a third consecutive world title.
Among the other favorites, the Belgian Wout Van Aert or the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar act as scarecrows.
The French Madouas, Cosnefroy or Bardet also have a card to play.
27 kilometers from the finishThe Lutsenko-Evenepoel duo at 23 seconds, a first group of pursuers without leading riders
at 53 seconds, a third group with Romain Bardet
at 2'30, the peloton of favorites with Van Aert, Pogacar, Alaphilippe, Cosnefroy
2'30 lead for Evenepoel - Lutsenko
And the question that arises, 28km from the finish, is how can we hope to see Evenepoel again?
It would seem that the race is already, perhaps, folded.
The Belgian is a time trial specialist and besides, nobody seems to have the weight to come back.
30km from the finish and the race is already well advanced
And the scenario is not very favorable to the French.
Remco Evenepoel appears to be the big favorite in the race.
The recent Vuelta winner has dated Alexey Lustenko.
The leading group has more than two minutes ahead of the peloton of favorites where in particular Wout Van Aert, Tadej Pogacar, Julian Alaphilippe or Benoît Cosnefroy seem trapped.
The French had however taken the reins of the race by slipping in particular Pavel Sivakov in the first breakaway of the day.
Many of them can dream of the rainbow tunic: Alaphilippe, of course, but also the Belgian Wout Van Aert and the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar are favorites.
Remco Evenepoel, Michael Matthews or Ethan Hayter can also dream.
Hello everyone and welcome to this live.
It's early in France, but it's already the afternoon and the last kilometers of the road race for the World Cycling Championships.
Julian Alaphilippe dreams of a hat-trick on this very demanding circuit.