Race cyclists wilt, roads melt in scorching heat

2008-02-04 00:00

Only 24 of the 99 pro riders who started the Intakatech World’s View Challenge yesterday completed the event after the bulk of the pack were withdrawn before the 91 km mark as temperatures reached 48°C on the Polly Shortts section of the route.

Many of the top cyclists succumbed to the temperature and melting tar, and a large gap opened between the breakaway group and the main peloton.

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