Over in Doha for the past week some serious racing has gone down. Our girl on the ground Kathryn Ezra was filing some pics in for us, and when we read the attached caption sheets, we realised that even without posting all of the images, her descriptions created a portrait of the race. A summary in two minutes, without being commentary.
Up first: the women’s race:
1.Peloton 2. Who doesn’t love motorcycles and chalk boards? 3.Peloton colors. 4. Weeeeeeeee! 5. Cheese! 6. Who’s back there? 7. Lizzie Deignan looking for another rainbow. 8. Peloton. 9. Marianne Vos. 10. Sharp right. 11. Don’t be fooled: a few laps to go until it’s really the flamme rouge. 12. When do we get to turn left? 13.Two time Junior Women’s champion, Amalie Dideriksen caught in a crash. 14. Taking a flyer. 15. American champion Megan Guarnier on the front. 16. A quiet day at the gas station when the road is closed. 17. Hup hup Holland! 18. Despite looking boarded up, the race commentators’ building is very much in use. 19. A slight kick in the finishing straight. 20.Amber Neben attacks on the bell lap. 21. The sprint! 22. The sprint! 23. “Please tell me you just poured water on your legs…” 24. A blank Norwegian stare. 25. Australia. 26. Sunset. 27. Sunset. 28. Trade teammates. 29. Smiling Americans. 30. Sponge bath for Carmen Small. 31. Sharing the day’s war stories. 32. After a long day. 33. Media requests for Amber Neben. 34. Dirt and smiles. 35. Is it the off season yet? 36. Still riding solo even after the race is done. 37. Team GB. 38. Dani King. 39. Sunset. 40. A shoulder to lean on when the race doesn’t go your way.
And then Men:
1. Jens Keukeleire 2. Natneal Berhane (in the early break and then stayed with the front group all the way to the finish) and Edvald Boasson Hagen 3. Anas Ait El Abdia and Ryan Roth 4. Zak Dempster 5. Mitch Docker (some Brits thought he was Lachlan Morton—I had to explain that Morton isn’t racing the Worlds) 6. Scott Thwaites 7. Marco Haller 8. Gediminas Bagdonas and Yukiya Arashiro 9. Abderrahmane Mehdi Hamza (he was dropped and in no man’s land but he was just oh so happy that I had to take a photo) 10. Andre Greipel and the peloton 11. Sam Bennett 12. Jasper Stuyven 13. Elia Viviani and Adam Blythe 14. Jurgen Roelandts and Giacomo Nizzolo 15. The bunch 16. Mark Cavendish and Giacomo Nizzolo 17. Tom Boonen 18. (Maciej Bodnar) 19. Scott Thwaites post crash 20. Mark Cavendish 21. The bunch and fans 22. Maciej Bodnar 23. Several laps to go yet 24. Dion Smith 25. Still not done 26. Construction workers discussing the race 27. John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel 28. Magnus Cort Nielsen and Taylor Phinney 29. An actual Qatari at the race. Sort of. 30. Team Kiwi with Jack Bauer coated in salt 31. Oliver Naesen drilling it on the front in the closing laps 32. Ryan Roth (in the early break and then stayed with the front group all the way to the finish) 33. Iljo Keisse 34. Marcel Kittel absolutely smashed and on his way to abandon in the feed zone 35. Jos Van Emden 36. Jens Keukeleire 37. A race official signaling to the third group to abandon as they’re beyond the time cut (were over 10 mins back at this point) 38. Matti Breschel, among the aforementioned cut group, waves at a group of Danes 39. Jasper Stuyven on the front for the bell lap 40. The final sprint! 41. Sagan wins! Again! 42. Slovakian fans celebrate 43. Michal Kolar celebrates 44. Michal Kolar celebrates with Slovakian fans 45. Tom Boonen 46. The podium—everyone was gunning for their second Worlds title 47. Truls Korsaeth, 23 and riding for continental level Team Joker-Byggtorget, finished 16th and put in a hell of a lot of work for Kristoff. The kid rose to the occasion. 48. Fans waiting for the medalists to leave the mixed zone 49. Mark Cavendish 50. Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan 51. Peter Sagan 52. Peter Sagan