Entering the final two kilometres, Tom Leezer of the Netherlands attacked from a group of around 20 riders but he was caught with 200m to go and the sprinters took over.
Cavendish was led into the finish by fellow Briton Adam Blythe and attacked the leading three riders around their left, but Sagan approached on the right at the same moment and stretched away to win by a bike’s length.
Cavendish slammed his handlebars in frustration as he watched Sagan celebrate the second world title of his career.
Full report to follow.
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