The 2010 United Cycling International (UCI) Road World Championships were held in Geelong, Australia from September 29 through October 3. Geelong is located about 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) southwest of Melbourne in the southeastern most state of Victoria. The five-day event featured both men’s and women’s road and time trial races. A total of 1500 athletes from over 50 countries participated according to the official Geelong Worlds website. The event attracted 293,000 spectators and 156,000 lined the streets on the last day according to the official Melbourne 2010 website.
Individual racers representing their countries competed for the gold medal and the rainbow jersey; which consists of five bands of different colors. The rainbow jersey is prized because the wearer is their country’s world champion. Famous cyclists that won the rainbow jersey include Lance Armstrong, Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond according to the Melbourne 2010 website.
Wednesday September 29:
Under-23 time trial:
Gold: Taylor Phinney – USA
Silver: Luke Durbridge – Australia
Bronze: Marcel Kittel – Germany
Elite women’s time trial:
Gold: Emma Pooley – UK
Silver: Judith Arndt – Germany
Bronze: Linda Melanie Villumsen – New Zealand
Thursday September 30:
Elite men’s time trial
Gold: Fabian Cancellara – Switzerland
Silver: David Millar – UK
Bronze: Tony Martin – Germany
It was the record-setting fourth win by Cancellara.
Friday October 1:
Under-23 road race
Gold: Michael Matthews – Australia
Silver: John Degenkolb – Germany
Bronze: tie between Guillaume Boivin – Canada and Taylor Phinney – USA
It was the first gold medal for an Australian in this category. Another first was the tie for the bronze.
Saturday October 2:
Elite Women’s road race
Gold: Giorgia Bronzini – Italy
Silver: Marianne Vos – Netherlands
Bronze: Emma Johansson – Sweden
It was the fourth silver medal for Vos.
Sunday October 3:
Elite Men’s road race
Gold: Thor Hushovd – Norway
Silver: Matti Breschel – Denmark
Bronze: Allan Davis – Australia
Hushovd previously won the gold in the under-23 road race category in 1998.