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Costa & Vos Triumph in World Road Race Championships


If the election of new UCI President Brian Cookson wasn’t enough to celebrate then the victories of Marianne Vos (Rabobank/Liv-Giant) and Ruis Costa (Movistar) in their respective world championship races was the icing on the cake.

The arduous course in Florence, Italy provided some great racing across all the categories with a hilly yet technical circuit designed to provide excitement that all cycling fans want to see.

Eclipsed by low evening sunshine, the women’s race on Saturday took place in near perfect conditions with World Cup winner and reigning world champion Marianne Vos holding the mantle of pre-race favourite.

With three laps remaining the women’s event erupted to provide some fantastic and exciting racing. Numerous attacks left the peleton depleted with only the stronger riders remaining. With one lap to go a group of 11 riders had formed and it was clear that the medal winners were among this select group.

The longer climb on the course gradually ground the riders down with the USA’s Evelyn Stevens powering away on the front to try and gain valuable seconds on the group. It wasn’t enough though and as the riders approached the steeper second climb of Via Salviati, it was Sweden’s Emma Johansson who made the first move.

Johansson’s move sparked Vos into action and Dutch rider gave it her all as she attacked to to pass the Swede and produce a lead of around 8 seconds by the time she had reached the top of the climb.

Behind, the remnants of the group tried to organise a chase but Vos was in time trial mode to the line which lay in wait just a few kilometres away. As Vos entered the final kilometre her advantage was enough and with her arms aloft, the world title was there for another season. Johansson’s sprinting talent gained her the silver medal with Ratto taking bronze in front of her home crowd.

1 Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 3:44:00
2 Emma Johansson (Sweden)0:00:15
3 Rossella Ratto (Italy)

Video highlights of the women’s road race:

Men’s Event
Portugal’s Ruis Costa made history on Sunday, becoming the first Portuguese world road race champion. The Movistar rider triumphed in what was another tactically perfect ride for the popular rider. Costa was an outside bet on Sunday whilst many of the pre-race favourites were marked out of contention or suffered in the atrocious weather conditions.

Having taken stage wins in this year’s Tour de France in similar weather conditions Costa was no stranger to the rain that seemed to dampen many riders aspirations.

Costa was part of a select group that included Joaquim Rodriguez, Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali as they entered the final 16km lap. Many thought that Rodriguez already had one hand on the rainbow jersey as he rode alone in the final few kilometres. However, Costa had other intentions and was in hot pursuit. With just a few hundred metres remaining the two joined and it was Costa who sprinted to the line to take the biggest victory of his career. An emotional Costa took to the podium to receive his new jersey which he will wear as part of the Lampre team next year.

We are delighted for both Ruis and Marianne, both of whom are Ambassadors for our organisation. We thank them for their continued support and congratulate them on their achievements.

1 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Portugal)    7:25:44
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain)    @ 0:00:17

Video highlights of the men’s road race: