The 2010 UCI Road World Championships kicked off its fifth and final day in host city Geelong, Australia today. On Saturday Italian Giorgia Bronzini won the gold in the elite women’s road race.
Today the elite men’s road race traveled 257.2 kilometers (160 m) starting in Melbourne for the first 85 km that headed southwest to Geelong where the elite men then did 11-laps over the same circuit as yesterday.
After several breakaways consisting of racing favorites Belgian Philippe Gilbert, Aussie defending champ Cadel Evans, Russian Alexander Kolobnev and Italians Filippo Pozzato and Vuelta champ Vincenzo Nibali, the peloton managed to reel them in with a few laps left to go. Hushovd attacked less than one kilometer left to go and passed Breschel at the 50 meter mark to win the gold and rainbow jersey with a time of 6:21:49. Breschel had to make do with the silver medal and Aussie Davis won the bronze.
On his win Thor credited the windy conditions for burning out the earlier attacks of Gilbert. He said to the Melbourne 2010 site: “It is hard to understand that now I won at the worlds. It’s a dream and sometimes I feel it’s an unreal dream and now I’ve won it here in Geelong, Australia, so that was amazing, I’m speechless,”
On the silver win Breschel was visibly frustrated and banged his hands on his handlebars when he crossed the line second: “I just went with everything and then Thor, he passed me with 50 meters to go. So at the moment, of course I’m disappointed because today I went for the victory. But second place is a big result.”
On the bronze, Davis credited his team with his victory and said it was special to win in Australia.
Overall Australia won the most medals with a gold, a silver and bronze. Great Britain won a gold and silver. The U.S. won one gold and one bronze – that technically is only half a bronze.
For the women’s elite road race results click here
For the under-23 men’s road race results click here
For the elite men’s time trial results click here
For the under-23 men’s and elite women’s time trial results click here