Michal Kwiatkowski wins world championship road race

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Michal Kwiatkowski wins the world championship road race title after breaking clear with just under six kilometres to go.

Kwiatkowski can now add the road race gold medal to the bronze medal he received in the team time trial last weekend.

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The 24 year old broke clear during the descent of the penultimate climb and even though a chasing six man group came close to catching him it turned out that the Polish rider had timed his attack perfectly.

The six man group included Simon Gerrans, Alejandro Valverde, Matti Breschel, Greg Van Avermaet, Tony Gallopin and Philippe Gilbert.

Gerrans claimed the silver medal and one of the pre-race favourites Valverde finished in the bronze medal position for a third year in a row.

Polish Dominance

Kwiatkowski made sure his Polish team were at the front of the peloton for most of the day so they could help reel in any breakaway that was established. At one point the breakaway had built up a lead of 15 minutes but they were caught a long time before the finish.

Great Britain's Ben Swift finished down in 12th place and failed to contest in any sprint after Kwiatkowski got the solo win.

Swift stayed with the peloton all the way to the end of the 254.8km race and was never dropped and if there was a sprint at the end he would have been challenging for a medal.

The Team Sky rider praised the winner and admitted he found the last climb really hard.

According to Sky Sports, Swift said: "Kwiatkowski is such a class act. He has had his team on the front all day. He definitely deserved that win. Chapeau to him.

"I gave it my best shot, it was just that last steep climb really hurt."

Sir Dave Brailsford believes Swift did what he could in the race but it was unfortunate there wasn't a sprint at the end.

“I thought Ben rode the perfect race. He had to gamble and he had to be patient, and it was a question for him of whether it was going to come back together at the end.

“Hats off to Kwiatkowski. The way he got his team to ride at the start, took the race on, and the way he went away at the end, he’s a class act and a deserving winner.”

Kwiatkowski is only 24 and if he carries on performing like this he will be a major contender for the big races in the future.

Men’s world road race result

1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland), 6:29:07
2 Simon Gerrans (Australia), +1
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spain), same time
4 Matti Breschel (Denmark), st
5 Greg van Avermaet (Belgium), st
6 Tony Gallopin (France), st
7 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium), +4
8 Alexander Kristoff (Norway), +7
9 John Degenkolb (Germany), st
10 Nacer Bouhanni (France), st
11 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), st
12 Ben Swift (Great Britain), st


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