It was a tense, fluid finale. When Pedersen bridged to the break with 47km to go, the gap to the peloton was only 20 seconds. Riders cracked in the cold and wet and slipped back, and others came up to replace them. Pedersen kept driving the break, and as the finish line approached, the gap was healthy, and the break had been whittled down to three. Favorite Matteo Trentin opened the sprint with 200m to go, but Pedersen powered past to become the first Danish man to win an Elite Road World Championship (fellow Dane and SRAM athlete Amalie Dideriksen won the Women’s road title in 2016).