Nils Eekhoff (NED/Sunweb) was fastest over the finish line and the new U23 world champion… for less then 20 minutes before he got disqualified by the UCI race jury for riding in his team car’s slipstream for too long while returning from a crash early in the race. A very controversial decision that evoked massive amounts of reactions throughout the cycling world. Eekhoff would later that day describe this moment as the "hapiest 15 minutes of my life"... before it all came tumbling down.
2nd finisher Samuele Battistella (ITA/Dimension Data) was therefore awarded the rainbow jersey (and not Eekhoff)
U23 Road Race
from Doncaster to Harrogate (173km, race was shortened by 1 local lap)
2019 Road World Championships Yorkshire (GBR)