STAR SAGAN RETAINS HIS WORLD TITLE IN DOHA
Peter Sagan edged past Mark Cavendish in an enthralling final sprint to retain his Road World Championship title in Doha, Qatar. As Cavendish got caught behind Australia’s Michael Matthews, Sagan was able to take full advantage, powering home ahead of the Briton. Belgian Tom Boonen, who won the title in 2005, came third. “I don’t believe it, I’m still in shock,” said 26year-old Sagan. “I’m very happy because in the crosswinds I was the last to make it into the lead group. It felt a bit like a headwind at the finish so I had to go from a long way back in the sprint.” Crosswinds in the desert split the peloton, with experienced sprinters Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel and Nacer Bouhanni all falling behind and unable to close the gap for the final dash for the line. Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet of Belgium was also unable to contend as he finished in 10th place.