A tumultuous elite men’s race brought the Bergen Worlds to a close in emphatic style on Sunday, with Peter Sagan winning his third consecutive rainbow jersey. A win that was made all the more impressive by the fact he seemed to be totally absent from the TV screen for nearly all of the race.
Commentators and fans alike commented all day that they hadn’t seen Sagan, putting it down first to him being under the weather, then just assuming he had been dropped.
The race was characterised by a seemingly-endless string of chaotic attacks from the puncheur-style riders, all geared towards shaking loose the pure sprinters expected to excel in the race’s flat finale. Sagan was involved in none of these attacks, nor could he or any of his teammates be seen doing the chasing down.
Further mystery was added when the TV director went a bit avant garde and decided to cut away from the racing at 3km to go, switching instead to this shot of some crowds just after the flamme rouge for what felt like FIVE HOURS. In reality, it was long enough for the peloton to cover 2km, hoving back into view with just 900m remaining.