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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dane Sets Cycle Mark

CAPO D'ORLANDO, Sicily () -- Alex Pedersen has become Denmark's first amateur world road race champion for 24 years in a sprint finish to match the heat of the day.

As five riders eyed each other warily in the finishing straight Tuesday, the Dane surged to hold off Slovak Milan Dvorscik and Frenchman Christophe Mengin in the fight for medals.

Denmark's last amateur world title came in England when Jorgen Schmidt won at Mallory Park near Leicester in 1970.