Norwegian Thor Hushovd gave Cervélo TestTeam its second rainbow jersey of these world championships in the men’s road race. Hushovd outkicked a small field to take the win ahead of Matti Breschel (DEN) and Allan Davis (AUS).
“It’s hard to understand that I am the new world champion,” said Thor Hushovd. “It’s a dream. I’m speechless. Now I will enjoy every day on the bike with this jersey.”
The race was marked by an early breakaway of five riders that gained an advantage of more than 20 minutes on the bunch. After 175 km of racing, a group of 32 riders gained about a minute on the peloton behind, where Hushovd was. “For a while, of course, I thought it was over for the peloton at that moment,” said Hushovd.
But the Hushovd group reduced the gap, and in the last lap the favorites tried to break away. Philippe Gilbert (BEL) made the best move. He got a small margin but not enough to hold it to the finish. In the finale three riders tried it again, but they where caught in the final kilometer and everything came back together just before the finish line.
Source: Cervélo TestTeam
Photo : Sirotti