None of New Zealand’s riders managed to finish the cycling world road championships in Yorkshire, as horrendous weather took its toll.
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Heavy rain saw only 46 of the 197 starters finished the race, while the course had to be shortened by 24kms to avoid deep puddles on the road.
Television coverage was also impacted, with helicopters unable to fly in high winds.
Kiwis Paddy Bevin, Shane Archbold, Dion Smith and Jack Bauer were among the riders that failed to finish, as Denmark’s Mads Pedersen claimed a historic victory – the first Dane to win the elite men’s road race.
Cycling New Zealand sporting director Craig Geater said he was surprised 46 riders managed to finish the race.
“It was one of the toughest days I have ever had in the sport,” said Geater. “The roads just could not handle that amount of water, and it was cold and dismal.
“It was disappointing for the world championships and, at times, very difficult to stay upright.