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So much for the theory that Cadel Evans never attacks. On a sun-drenched afternoon in Mendrisio, the Australian tore off the front at the foot of the final climb for a spectacular lone victory in the men’s World Championship road race. Second was Russia’s Alexandr Kolobnev, whilst Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez finished third.

“This is my answer to those people who say I never go for it,” Evans commented, “and it’s also a nice promotion for Australia, which will be celebrating the World Championships next year.”

Evans played his cards perfectly, shadowing explosive late drives by Fabian Cancellara as the Swiss rider shattered the front group and brought back a dangerous move by Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) and Kolobnev at the start of the final lap.

However, Cancellara’s prolonged acceleration on the downhill section of the first climb failed to shake off all his opponents, and a group of about nine riders, including Evans, regained contact.

The 32-year-old Australian accelerated away on the right-hand side of the road, there was a moment of hesitation behind then the counter-moves went. But by then it was too late.

Pacing himself steadily on the long final climb, Kolobnev and Rodriguez tried to bridge the gap. However, Evans had 13 seconds on the summit and it proved to be more than enough.

One look back before he crossed the finishing line, and Evans then crossed the line blowing kisses to the crowd. As if unable to believe he had finally netted such a huge success, Evans only later raised one arm in victory.

Often slated for his lack of aggression, Evans move had been perfectly timed in a race where a big early break and a huge chasing group of around 30, containing Britain’s Geraint Thomas, had shaped the race.

It briefly looked as if the 30-strong move would stay away, but the Spanish and Dutch piled on the pressure and a final acceleration by Cancellara proved sufficent to bring it all back together. However, it was Evans who profited the most.

Recently third in the Tour of Spain, Evans’ victory turns around a season in which he had completely failed to impact in his main target of the season, the Tour de France.

The result also rounds off a great World Championships for the Australians, who also took the gold medal in the men’s under-23 time trial with Jack Bobridge.

Results

World Championships 2009: Men’s road race, 262.2km

1. Cadel Evans (Australia) in 6-56-26


2. Alexandr Kolobnev (Russia) at 27secs

3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spain)at 28secs

4. Samuel Sanchez (Spain) at 30secs

5. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) at same time

6. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) at 51secs

7. Matti Breschel (Denmark)

8. Damiano Cunego (Italy)

9. Alejandro Valverde (Spain) at same time

10. Simon Gerrans (Australia) at 1-47

Other

52. Steve Cummings (Great Britain) at 5-20

92. Roger Hammond (Great Britain) at 10-54

DNF Chris Froome (Great Britain)

DNF David Millar (Great Britain)

DNF Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)

DNF Russell Downing (Great Britain)

DNF Daniel Lloyd (Great Britain)

DNF Ben Swift (Great Britain)

DNF Ian Stannard (Great Britain)

Cadel Evans, Road World Championships 2009, men's road race

Cadel Evans salutes the crowd after taking the Worlds win

Cadel Evans, Road World Championships 2009, men's road race

Evans in the rainbow jersey

Road World Championships 2009: Related links

News

Kennaugh proud of gutsy fourth place performance

Pooley disappointed with ride in women’s road race

Cooke to fight back in women’s road race after difficulat season

Millar ready to take command of Worlds team

Kennaugh ready for under-23 road race

Wiggins accepts time trial defeat

Cancellara says TT victory was ‘most beautiful ever’

Men’s time trial start list

Pooley disappointed with 11th in time trial

Ellingworth explains Cavendish withdrawal from Worlds

Dowsett happy with world-class ride in under-23 TT

Manning praises Dowsett after Worlds TT ride

It’s Cavendish or Stannard for final worlds place

Great Britain names world championships team

Millar won’t ride worlds time trial despite Vuelta win

Wiggins quits Tour of Britain to focus on worlds TT

Out of sorts Cooke abandons Tour de l’Ardeche

Cavendish keen to ride worlds despite illness

Millar set to lead GB road race team at the Worlds

Brits head home to fight for worlds places

Reports



Kennaugh notches up fourth for GB in U23 road race



Guderzo solos to victory in women’s road race



Cancellara blasts to third Worlds time trial title



Men’s time trial as it happened



Armstrong repeats 2006 world champs win for USA



Under-23 Men Time Trial



Women’s and under-23 men’s time trials as they happened

Photos



Men’s time trial gallery by Graham Watson



Women’s time trial gallery by Graham Watson



Under-23 men time trial gallery by Graham Watson

External links



Road World Championships 2009 official website



Union Cycliste Internationale website

 

  • ND

    it looks stupid on him – or he looks stupid in it – not sure which