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Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of the men's road race from cycling's Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

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COMMENTARY: Nobody within sight. He's got it. Mark Cavendish is the


Champion of the World! She is the number one.


Chris Froome is the champion of this 100th Tour de France.


He's done it! Good afternoon to you. Welcome back


to Ponferrada, the final day of the Road World Championships. It's the


Men's Road Race. 250 kilometres-plus, 14,000 feet of


climbing. It is not for the fainthearted. They are about to fly


behind me. We will be joining the race live very soon. Rob Hayles is


alongside me. Anticipation because we are not sure who this course is


going to suit? We are not. Is it the sprinters? It is not a full-blown


sprinters' race. Andre Greipel is here. He is playing more of a team


role. The lesser sprinters, John Degenkolb and Ben Swift. If it is a


harder race... Generally, Valverde, riders like that for Spain. This


course will suit a lot of different groups of riders, which - we have


been here. Who is it? You keep going round and round. One team everybody


is talking about is the Australians, particularly Gerrans? This is a


course that suits him. If the weather continues to change... It is


spotting with rain a little bit now. If that continues and it comes back,


it may very well go away from him. He doesn't like that kind of


weather. It can be quite slippery out there. They also have Michael


Matthews as well. They have a good squad here, strength in-depth is


incredible with the Australians. We saw a French woman win yesterday.


Possibly a French double? On a course like this, Bouhanni could


last the distance. Valverde, a home favourite from Spain. The Spanish


messed it up, him and Rodriguez, they couldn't work together?


Strength in numbers. But they were having their internal battles. I am


sure that they will have had a bit of a talking to and, as far as we


are aware, Valverde is number one, Rodriguez is number two. Emotional


favourite, though, would be from Switzerland, Fabian Cancellara? Yes,


he opted not to ride the time trial earlier on in the week, purely


because he's not won the road race, he's won the time trial a few times.


Yeah, have a go. Again, the course could suit him. He's only got two


team-mates. We have seen him win races on his own. He did have a


puncture on the first lap. He got back in no problem. It was chucking


it down earlier on in the race. You mentioned Ben Swift. What of the


British team? This time last year, we came on air and the whole British


team was out of the race. They are all IN the race this time. Let's


hear their thoughts on this World Championship.


COMMENTARY: Mark Cavendish on the left. He is going to be the World


Champion. Mark Cavendish has won the world title for Great Britain.


REPORTER: If you cast your mind back, you got a good result in the


World Championships. Should we read into that, a bit of an omen? Well,


it was amazing to be part of that World Championship in Copenhagen


with Mark winning. I would love to think we can do the same thing with


Swifty. He's going well. He is one of those guys who applies himself to


something and he gives it everything. You are the protected


rider if it comes down to a bunch sprint? I think so. We have nine


strong riders. We have a lot of cards to play. We have strong guys


for the country climbs, a lot of big, powerful guys. If it does come


down to a sprint, I will be hopefully there.


COMMENTARY: Awful conditions for the riders for this World Championship


race today. And the latest information that we are getting is


that Geraint Thomas has joined the rest of the British team on the bus,


so I think that's it for Great Britain. All of the British riders


have retired from the race now. Obviously, that was one to forget.


It wasn't enjoyable, really. The weather will probably be the same


this time around. It was one of those days where I don't think


anything really went right for anyone. Yeah, I have a good feeling


this year will be a hell of a lot better. This year, the team has got


a bit more focus on the race. I have came out in good shape, ready to


race. Swifty is up for it. He is quick on the course. He's been here


for a week now. We have the Yates brothers, Pete, myself, who can get


involved in the attacks and getting moves to go a bit earlier. We have


got David Millar, he has a world of experience. It is his last race. He


will be making the calls on the road. For me, it is staying with


Swifty for as long as possible. Move him up if he needs to move up, or


drift back with him on the climbs if he wants to save his legs a bit.


Basically, just be his sidekick for as long as possible.


COMMENTARY: I don't recall anything like this happening before. Where


the favourite has gone so early on. REPORTER: We won't see you at the


front like at the Commonwealth Games on your own? Definitely not on my


own. Possibly, it could be an idea to have someone in the break. Not


sure if it will be me. I will try and be more patient.


REPORTER: For you to go from being the team leader, the protected


rider, to your position here, do you enjoy that? It is one I quite enjoy,


not necessarily having that pressure on my shoulders anymore. Being able


to give something else back to the other guys and do a job for someone


and help someone else to take the glory.


REPORTER: Can you imagine what that would mean to you to pull on that


rainbow jersey? It would be amazing. It is a career-changing and


life-changing, to be such a fan of the sport as well, it is such an


iconic race and jersey. To be here, it is amazing.


Swifty is the team leader. That is a formidable team behind him? The


strength in-depth that the GB squad have this year with guys like Peter


Kennaugh, if he is on form, Geraint Thomas. For Geraint, if this was


earlier in the year, I think we would put his name down as the


protected rider. Yeah, I think for a rider like Swifty, he couldn't be


asking for a much better team. Who knows what the future holds for


those guys, the Yates brothers. They are already on their way to being


great riders. The course is not quite hard enough for Froome. He


knows how to work. He's done it in the past. It is one hell of a squad.


Captain on the road, David Millar. A lovely tweet this morning from Luke


Rowe, David Millar putting the number on his vest for the last


time. It's been a career of highs and lows.


A Tour de France stage winner, a Commonwealth champion and a natural


leader on the road. David Millar takes on the role as road captain


for the British team. Tonight, he will reflect on a professional


career spanning almost 18 years. On races won and lost, on decisions


made, right and wrong, and his last ever appearance in his national


jersey. It feels a lot more family. It was here where I started 20 years


ago, if you like. And it's been a British team that's supported me


through thick and thin. This feels a nice way to finish. Three years ago


in Copenhagen, Millar helped coordinate his country's challenge


on the rainbow jersey, with Mark Cavendish sprinting to victory to


become the first British men's World Champion in 46 years. It is up there


with the greatest moments. Mark is a friend. He was the one that had the


crowning achievement, it was the culmination of many years of


development and so although we went on to the Tour de France with Brad,


Cav's World Championship win was the welcome to the world stage of


British cycling and I think - and the way we did it. We rode with such


dominating style, which nobody had ever seen before, nobody had


controlled a race from start to finish and I think that was - it was


a very proud moment for all of us. Much has changed since Millar joined


the professional peloton, though his passion for the sport and its future


shines through. There's been a shift in the way professional cycling


operates. And it's a healthier way it operates. I was part of the


unhealthy generation before that and I am very proud that I managed to


excel in both - well, very proud to excel in the second one - but to


have shown it was possible to survive that kind of era and come


back and do something better. I think - and also I was one of the


last of the kind of British riders to do it the old-fashioned way,


which was go across to Europe and embed yourself in a culture. I am


very proud of that, that I had to go to France and learn the language and


become somebody else. So the Men's Road Race in Ponferrada brings


Millar's career to a close. A win would be amazing. If Swifty could do


it, or any of the other guys. At the same time, if we can race, if we get


the best out of ourselves and be very proud of how we perform, that


is very important for us this Sunday, it is for everyone to rally


together and realise how important it is for us to race as Team GB. If


we can show that, we can hand over to a new generation so they can do


something special. David Millar always very thoughtful.


But very controversial with his drugs ban. Rob, how would you


evaluate his career? It obviously started off well. As a bike rider,


one of the most talented bike riders that there has been of his


generation and so to have him now still in the squad, I think is


incredible, and what he brings to this team, his leadership for me,


personally, racing with David, I never enjoyed it more than when I


was with him. He did take you by the scruff of the neck and lead the


team. That is one of the things that the team, Team GB missed last year.


So, I think his quality really is in leadership. Physical ability, it is


starting to dwindle now. Other than that, he deserves to be in this


squad. As a force against drugs now, having been on the other side of it,


how would you see his role in that? It's been huge. It really has. This


was the thing with Dave. He didn't kind of creep back into a team and


try and continue with his career. He was very outspoken and vocal and


he's worked hard with the UCI over the years to try and change things


and give a different environment for the younger riders coming through.


That's certainly coming to fruition. In terms of this race, how do they


ride it for Swifty to win? As Geraint said in his interview, he is


his wingman, so the team will do whatever Swifty wants to do, look


after him, try and shelter him as best as possible. There is not a lot


of wind, if any, out there today. But just protect him from the wind


if he wants to move up, look after him, anything that he needs and try


and get him to the finish up as far up the front as possible in those


last two laps. That is where the fireworks will start to go off. So,


the more that he can save and the fresher he can be, the better.


14,000 feet and climbing, this course. Rob went out for a spin with


a Commonwealth Games road champion. She gave him a run for his money, to


be fair! We are only a few kilometres in.


Already, the first climb, the back-end of the race? It feels good


when you are fresh. After a few laps, that could start to hurt a


little bit. If that is the toughest climb of the day, we will be fine.


We're laughing! You feel that? Ow. I thought the course wasn't going to


be so hard when we got to The Castle? I thought that was the


climb. That is going to take it out of everyone. We are 200 metres


higher than The Castle. The sprinters will struggle to hold on.


The back end of the race, inside the last 10K, I hope that is the hardest


bit done. Alright. That's definitely the top.


That last K, that is where the damage can be done. All the way down


to the finish. So, any gap you have got at the top here, it will be


extremely difficult to get back on the run-in. Right, race you down!


Game on. I got it! It's a tough course. It is


very tough. That climb's harder than it looks on the profile. I didn't


expect it to be that hard. When we went up that first bit, OK, good


legs today. Then you start that second climb and it keeps going. If


it is wet, that will change the race. It will flip it on its head.


It will be completely different. So it is not one for the pure


sprinters. It's not one for the pure climbers. You do need to be in good


form. Extremely good shape. Unlike me! I need a coffee. My legs are


burning. Let's go. Coffee? Yeah. Nice stuff. That is the course. Rob


said if it is wet - well, the rain is coming down now. We are going to


go racing shortly. Let me bring you up to speed with the key moments so


far. There was an early breakaway. It got out to 50 minutes. It is down


to five minutes. It's down to four minutes now.


Fabian Cancellara, he had a mechanical earlier on. He had to


change a back wheel. He is back in the peloton now. He should be fine.


And also, a few problems for Vincenzo Nibali, the Tour de France


winner, he is in the centre of shot in the blue. He's already fallen. He


fell again on a wounded hip, so not great for the Tour de France


champion, Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian team is very strong. So, the


scene is set. We are ready to go racing. It is good afternoon to


Simon Brotherton. COMMENTARY: Thank you, Jonathan.


Hello, everyone. It's a long day in the saddle for these riders. They


have been out there since 9.00am this morning UK time. The weather


had improved over the last few hours. It was quite sunny and warm


around lunch time, but the rain has returned and it all looks rather


ominous. The total race distance today - 254.8 kilometres, 14 laps of


the circuit here in Ponferrada. Not the two that Rob and Rochelle


managed. The two key factors on this course - probably three - the first


climb up to Confederacion, and the second climb to Mirador and,


particularly with the weather like this, the descent off Mirador down


to Ponferrada? Yes, the weather is creating problems for riders in the


peloton. It is not as slippery as we would have anticipated. They have an


awful lot of rain here as a rule. So it tends to wash the oil off the


roads anyway. It is not too glacial. What it does do for the peloton


behind, it means that when it is wet, you have a bit more of a gap


between each rider. We saw a big crash yesterday in the women's race.


So, it will be quite nervous down here, which just means that position


is so important. We mentioned it with Ben Swift. He needs to stay up


near the front. Any rider who wants to save as much as they can, they


need to be well positioned so if you are further back in the peloton, by


the time you get to the bottom of the descent, you are a lot further


back from the front of the peloton and those guys up the front, they


take their own pace, whereas the riders behind, you are having to


fight all the way to get back from the wheels, so position is key. That


is crucial. The climbing, we can see just on one of the climbs now, the


Italian team - this is the first we have seen of them today. It's been


the Polish team who has been doing most of the work up to this point to


bring that gap right down from 15 minutes to 4.5 - 3.5 now it's come


down to. There's a lot of climbing today. Just over 4,000 metres of


climbing. It is a tough day, it really is. They are not steep. It is


just relentless. They keep coming one after the other and there is not


a lot of recovery. To give you a heads-up of who is in the lead at


the moment - and they have been out in front since the first lap. Matija


Kvasina, Zydrunas Savickas, Carlos Quintero and Oleksandr Polivodo.


None of them are big-name riders. Carlos Quintero, perhaps the


best-known, Kvasina won a race in France, he also won the Tour of


Romania a couple of years ago. Savickas was seventh in the Baltic


Chain Tour and Polivodo spends most of his time racing in the Far East.


He was racing in the Tour of China earlier this month.


They are on one of the tougher sections of the course at the


moment? They are. Here you can see the pressure being applied on the


front of the peloton by the Italians taking up from work done previously


by other teams. It is the first sign that we have seen of riders going


out of the back of the peloton. It will start to get whittled down. All


the major players are up there. Peter Kennaugh was on the right-hand


side of the screen, he will be working for Ben Swift. The Italians


and the Spaniards are up there. A lot of strong teams. GB are starting


to pull up in the middle of the shot. Italy showing their face at


the front for the first time today. We would all imagine that would be


for Vincenzo Nibali, but there is one rider in particular who could be


a dark horse here today, depending how the race pans out. I'm talking


about Sonny Colbrelli. This years Tour of Britain was tough. It was a


hard race. He was up there getting some of the minor places in the


sprint stages, but he's won two races since then in Italy and second


on the third of those races, so he really is in good form. So, he could


very well be one of the protected riders in that Italian squad, if it


comes down to a large group sprint. But they do have other options and


it just goes to see what Nibali - a course like this, in this weather,


is pretty much a stamped-on stage for Nibali. But how is his form


coming off of the Tour de France plus that crash that he had? He took


a chunk out of his hip and aggravated a previous problem. He


was saying in the lead-up that it is bothersome, but it is not going to


affect his riding. After the first hour of racing, it tends to loosen


up and he doesn't notice it so much anymore. It won't have done it any


good falling over and landing on it fairly early in the race today.


Here are our leading riders and on the front in the red-and-white of


Croatia we have Matija Kvasina leading the way, blue and yellow are


the colours of Ukraine, that is Polivodo in second place, the white


jersey is that of Carlos Quintero from Colombia and Zydrunas Savickas


of Lithuania is in the red and yellow. They have been out in front


for almost the entire race, but, Rob, they will have known almost


from the word go that it was a move that was going to be doomed. It is


something that we seem to have every year in the World Championships. We


have a group that gets away and the rest of the peloton are more than


happy for that to happen. In the closing hours of the race, the chase


is on. Yeah, it is a template that we see pretty much every


is on. Yeah, it is a template that no change here, pretty much from the


word go. These four riders went clear and unlike some years where


the peloton might bring it back and you might spend the first 20 minutes


or so getting half a dozen attacks, this was the first one and the


peloton rode from gutter to gutter, let that go, four riders, nobody


dangerous, none of the dangerous teams are up there either. Had an


Australian rider been up the road, a GB rider, certainly a Spaniard or an


Italian, if one of those riders would have gone clear, it would have


been brought back, I feel. None of the big nations want one of their


opposition going up the road, the Australians sending a rider up. It


takes the pressure off of your team and say we don't need to chase it.


Imagine in this situation if the Italians had a rider up the road,


they wouldn't be on the front now, all the pressure would be on the


others. One of the GB riders there, Peter Kennaugh, going for a bite to


eat. They are well placed up there. Is that Luke Rowe up there? The


British team showing their faces towards the front of the peloton


here. For lap after lap, they were in the back third of this very


sizeable group, which was just over 200 riders. We have lost a few.


Including Canada's Christian Myer. It was Poland that started the


chase. They were working hard over the last couple of laps. Here they


come now, through the finishing position. Luke Rowe in the middle of


your picture, about fifth in line, behind the blue of the Italian squad


and also up alongside him for Great Britain there in a good position was


Peter Kennaugh once again. They will take on more liquids now. It's a


long day here over 250 kilometres in the saddle.


The Italians always manage to pull it together for the World


Championships and unite behind somebody. Spain have got such a lot


of talent in their squad with Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim


Rodriguez leading the way. They both ended up on the podium last year,


but not with the gold medal around their neck. Valverde is highly


fancied here. Can he win the world title? That is what the Spanish want


to know. I think Valverde would be liking this course. And this weather


as well. I don't think he minds the bad weather too much. It is quite


hard to look past him, really, in that squad. They have their game


plan and if it seems that Valverde starts, his legs start to drop off,


or he gets out of position, Rodriguez - I'm not sure about


Rodriguez, but he is their number two. Sanchez is really coming into


form of late. They do have cards to play. Luis Leon Sanchez, who had


taken a bit of a step back this year and had been racing with a smaller


team, he's got himself back amongst the big boys next year, moving to


Astana Pro Team. Luis Leon Sanchez, if he were to shine today, it would


be the first time in a very big race for quite a long time. The Italians


at the moment have taken control of this race. Word about Ben Swift? We


were mentioning him at the start of the programme. He has shown he can


hang in there in the big races with his third place? That was a good


ride by him to be up there in a monument like that and get himself


on the podium. He's been - he's had three or four wins this year, but


he's been on the podium an awful lot of times. He's had a lot of seconds


and thirds this year. So, he is in the form. He has the team behind


him. That is one of the major advantages at a World Championships


if you know that everybody around is here for you. That does help.


Psychologically it helps. It puts a bit of pressure on you. If you can


cope with that pressure, it does help, I think. The gap is coming


down for these four leaders. The Polish rider Michal Golas has pulled


out in the feed zone. The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team


rider is out of the race. A little bit of blue sky away to our right.


Perhaps the rain isn't set in, but it doesn't look great out there. It


is not looking great for our four leaders here. Kvasina of Croatia,


Savickas of Lithuania, Quintero of Colombia and Polivodo of Ukraine.


They are being hunted down. The real race is going on behind them. Four


more Polish riders coming through the finish line as well. So, their


job done for the day. The last week or two we hadn't heard much at all


of Michal Podlaski. He stayed away from the media. He's down on


team-mates now. He does have strength in his legs. He has


injuries, we know that. I tell you who was a big favourite for this


race - it will be interesting to see how he is today - John Degenkolb. He


had a crash and those wounds became infected and he ended up in hospital


last week on antibiotics, which will, I imagine, knock the top end


off his game. He was highly fancied? He really was. He has had a good


year, but I am wondering whether his year has been a little bit too good.


He might be coming into this a little bit fatigued, but certainly


having been hospitalised with an infection, that certainly will not


have helped him whatsoever. There we can see a lot of the Polish Quad.


They did so much work, they took a good seven or eight minutes out of


the lead group, and it really set the race alight and set it to


unfold. With the Italians taking over now it is set to really


decimate the field. Podlowski there, he was the front, working hard, and


they did a good job for Kwiatkowski and the rest of the riders in the


breakaway. They are on the lower portion of the climb now to


Confederation. That will reach a maximum of 8%, but it does the


crease as they get towards the top. There is a short percent before the


second climb. It is not very long it self! 10% at the bottom and 10% at


the top. I am just wondering whether the races that we have seen this


week show whether it is long enough for anybody to attack and gain any


ground? When we look at the back end of the race today, it is an awfully


long race. There will be a lot of fatigue in the lakes, and the first


climb that we are on, it is a drag as we see the attack by the


Colombian riders. Quintero it is, he knows what is coming and knows that


they will be caught in the future so as an act of defiance he will stay


away. Yes, he feels that he is the strongest rider out of the story,


the others are not doing as much work as he would like so he has gone


it alone. This climb that we are on, it is more of a drag, it is a


grind, and it is the fact that it comes one after the other. Each lap


you have to go up there and the fatigue really does set in. In the


second, you can descend off this one, you go through that bridge


after the embankment and then you have got this, the second climb. It


is short but sharp, and that is where we have seen it, especially on


the last lap yesterday in the women's race, that is where it


really did set on fire and it is the launch pad for a small group to try


to go clear. I am just hearing that Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have


been dropped from the peloton. Certainly Thomas. I saw some shots


of them on the previous lap, and they were near the back of the


peloton. It looks like they were starting to struggle. Peter is


certainly not struggling, it is the sort of course that would suit him.


He is a good rider for this type of states. The weather that we have


got, he will be used to riding in this. Remember that game in


Glasgow, the Commonwealth Games road race? I think they shut the airport


the weather was so bad but he was riding around the streets of the


city of Glasgow on his own, lap after lap, before finally being


gobbled up. The race was won by Geraint Thomas for Wales. This


little splinter group is getting away, opening up a small gap of the


front of the peloton. Still not the front of the race here, but heading


closer towards it on the climb towards Confederation.


Still a long way to go for these riders, an awful long way. Just


darting to split up. Starting to decimate this field, and if that


helicopter shot moved to the right, you would really see the peloton in


pieces. No doubt it will come together after the descent. Does the


weather change the dynamic in terms of who will be fancying their


chances, or will the list of favourite stay the same? Know. I


think that Geraint Thomas, he is one of the riders that we would imagine


that if the weather continues like this, I think he will regain a


little bit of his power. There are riders who do not mind the runner.


Simon Gerrans? Yes, Simon Gerrans from Australia. The weather does not


affect them, they get out of it and get on with it. But there are other


riders, as soon as it starts to rain, get a little bit slippery,


their heads can fall off and it will affect them. I would imagine that


for most of the favourites they would still be there or thereabouts,


but it can change the way that the peloton reacts behind the group. If


the group goes clear, especially on the run-in, on the descent, if you


can go clear over the final line, and you have got a handful of


seconds, it is all downhill and tactical. That is so much harder to


get an organised chase behind, especially in the wet. In the dry is


bad enough, but in the wet it really does pay to the advantage of the


riders out front. This peloton is really starting to split up now. The


fatigue is really starting to show. Unsurprisingly as well, there is not


a lot of wind, hardly any wind down here on the finish line. I cannot


imagine there is much up there on this climb. It could have played a


part if it was windy. This is a dangerous looking group, certainly


with that, we have got Fabio Aru, Giovanni Visconti, Tim Wellens,


Michael Albasini and Jenson from Denmark. The Danish rider is in good


company here. Giovanni Visconti, the Italian rider, just moving up to the


second spot, he is another one of the Italians who would be revelling


on a course like this. And number 203 there, caught by those in the


counter, including Peter. The race is really on. It really is now. I


have got a feeling that this move might very well come back together.


I think we will probably see this happen on the next lap and the lap


after, riders wanting to go clear. It looks like a couple of the


Spanish trying to get across. It is quite difficult to see from these


shots, that is at the two Spanish jerseys. The Spanish need to react,


they need to make sure that they have got somebody in there. I think


that might be Gerard joining the leading riders there. Meanwhile, at


the front of the race, it is Carlos Quintero, on his own having dropped


his three companions. The race is getting ever livelier behind him.


But as you suggested, it is split, counter splits, nothing definitive


as of yet. The group is growing in size. He is on the front, and he


needs to look back and make sure that we have got another great


British rider. There is no point on pushing this an without another one.


Fabio Aru is a very dangerous rider to be in this group. That is


probably why as much as anything, everybody else is reacting to this


with Fabio Aru up the road. He is a really classy rider in the grand


Tour. And he is very much a danger man. I think that is Jenson of


Denmark. It is Peter Kennaugh who is putting on the pressure, hoping that


he has had the go-ahead from the team. It is quite possible that they


have said look, if you get over the top in a small group and none of us


are there, you can do your own thing. I have caught Quintero who


has been in the lead for the whole day. This is Peter Kennaugh. And I


think that is Giovanni Visconti, he has got the lime green helmet. He is


a very dangerous rider. There is Joaquim Rodriguez. He is from the


host nation, Spain. Now, he was a medallist last year. So bitterly


disappointed to have been pipped to the line by Rui Costa, he chased him


all the way down the finishing straight. Last year, they were in


amongst it, the Spanish. Have not quite got it right this year. It


looks like there is an Irish jersey down there as well. Is it Roach?


Cannot quite see. The Danish rider joining those out in front at the


moment. And Peter Kennaugh is right at the front of the race here for


Great Britain. Still climbing Confederation. Almost up to the top


of it now. Yes, then they have got the descent. It is an extremely


quick descent, it goes down left and right, and then it hits the dam,


turning right and going under the panel, and then you get that. Not


holding anything back at the moment, Quintero. This really is early for


him. Not for him! He went after two minutes in the Commonwealth Games!


But I know what you mean, there is a long way to go, a lot can happen in


just over six kilometres in a Championship road race. Peter


Kennaugh in the frontier. The Danish rider is up there with him. And so


is Giovanni Visconti from Italy. And I cannot quite see who the other


rider is. I think it might well be Quintero who is still hanging onto


their coat-tails at the moment. Just about. Just coming down to that Shah


left-hander, right-hander, sorry, left-hander on the screen. -- shop


left-hander. You have do what Giovanni Visconti, he won a couple


of stages in Italy last year. Previous stages in the dry, people


have gone out here, but everybody has managed to get round it in the


wet. He has the perfect preparation, Giovanni Visconti, he rode the Tour


of Britain last week. Spectacular finish there. A couple of stage


victories in Italy last year, fairly quiet since then but he is certainly


a rider that we know is capable of good things on a course like this.


Here we are at the back of the peloton. We were looking at Machado


there, the winner of the Toro Rosso Renee, hanging onto the back of the


strung out peloton now. You can see the Germans now, cannot


afford to get to strung out with this weather. Just gathering that


Michael Albasini, Edvald Boasson Hagen, and others, joining guys at


the front of the race. There is Michael Albasini with the blue and


white helmet with the green and red of Switzerland. Edvald Boasson Hagen


is coming through. There he is, he has the white and red sleeves. That


is Simon Geschke. This is an interesting looking group with some


high-class riders. It really is interesting. I am guessing that the


sprinters have fallen down the wayside. John Degenkolb, and others,


Ira would not imagine they would be pressing on this hard. Simon Geschke


joining those at the front. Edvald Boasson Hagen as well has got some


good form in the World Championships. Did not quite


finished on top of the podium a couple of years ago, finished with a


silver medal. He will be leaving Team Sky, and going elsewhere next


year. It was a career that promised so much three or four years ago.


Although his results have been very good, actually there was an argument


to suggest that he has not achieved what you thought he would. In the


early years he showed what talent he had. He was more of a small group


sprinter, not really a bunch sprint, but he did have a go on a few


occasions, but just came up short. That certainly from a group like


this, would have one of the better sprints. Looking for confirmation,


but I think that is Tim Wellens, and keeping an eye on things on behalf


of the big-name riders. He himself is no slouch, he won the Tour last


year, and was sixth recently in France. This course has been


described by some as quite similar to that stage. A little shake of the


head there from Peter Kennaugh. Talking to a couple of those


alongside him. A little word for Simon Geschke as Giovanni Visconti


comes towards the front. But the main peloton is not far behind. They


are all starting to regroup behind. Have not had that time checked yet


to see how far behind the lead group is. Hoping that Peter Kennaugh can


keep a lid on it. A few more riders starting to come up to it. Does not


want to commit too much to this group. He does not need to. There is


an awful lot of riders here. Interesting to note that Michael


Albasini was up towards the front. The Swiss, Fabian Cancellara, highly


fancied, he is one of the big favourites. But Michael Albasini,


another one of those three, he is potentially an outsider in his own


right. Definitely. This race, coming into this, it is absolutely wide


open. So difficult to pinpoint a small group of riders that can


potentially take victory. Second Belgian rider, Sep Vanmarcke, it is


growing all the time. They are not far. Not far at all. The Australians


on the front. No surprise because they have got two of the big


favourites, Simon Gerrans, who we were talking about, and also Michael


Matthews, the 24-year-old. Former and 23 Elite Rd Race champion. He is


going to be summary to look out for. Daryl Impey as well is up towards


the front for South Africa. Fabian Cancellara has just gone through.


Belgium also have a squad, Jan Bakelants amongst others. All of


them saying that they will see how the race goes. I could have my


chance. How cohesive is this Belgian group? Strength in depth absolutely


incredible. They have got the big-name riders, we have been


talking to some of our Belgian colleagues, you have got Philippe


Gilbert, he has won the World Championship couple of years ago.


Tom Boonen has won it before, although that is going back to 2005.


He fancies his chances. Sep Vanmarcke fancies his chances. But


arguably, Greg Van Avermaet is probably the strongest of all of


them but he is probably not in his character to tell others what to do


and take control of the situation. Maybe they are not particularly


United. That was the suggestion from our colleagues in Belgium. 21


seconds is the gap. Still nothing in it, nothing decisive. As we look at


the front group, Peter Kennaugh, Tim Wellens, Tony Martin, Jensen from


Denmark, Edvald Boasson Hagen the Norwegian, Simon Geschke from


Germany, Sep Vanmarcke, Michael Albasini, Giovanni Visconti,


Giampaolo Caruso from Italy. Daniel Novartis from the host nation. A


couple of others not too far behind. Greg Van Avermaet, Fabio Aru, John


Degenkolb. They are all within about 22nd of the front of the race. It is


interesting. We have got some big names in the league group including


the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen. But we have some of the others that


want it for themselves that are not far behind. Just looking at little


bit further back, in 20th position going through the last checkpoint


and on the wheel of his team-mate, it is Ben Swift. On his wheel, John


Degenkolb. Those are the kind of guys that he will be looking at if


it stays in this kind of format. Philippe Gilbert was just behind.


The sprinters are still there. Tony Martin now, the German rider. Second


in the time trial the other day to Bradley Wiggins. He knows this


course pretty well, although the conditions were rather different on


Wednesday when he was finally beaten in the men's elite time trial having


been the world champion for each of the last years. Tony Martin now


leading the way as they head back into Ponferrada once again. It is a


long way out, even for a time trial, Tony Martin, not sure if he has got


his 58 on that. Highly unlikely, but he really is a powerhouse. When you


get into a position like this, you give him an inch and he will take a


mile. Still a lot of riders in this group, but how many of them are


willing to chase and able to chase? The attritional war for the race for


the world title. Martin is on the front. He could ride like that all


day. He really cared. Peter Kennaugh just moving on, Edvald Boasson Hagen


as well. But this is somebody that would like to go back with a world


title. Giovanni Visconti just looking behind. Peter Kennaugh for


Great Britain. Now they are heading into the finishing straight.


Completing ten laps, there are four to go. Once they get over the line


here now. Tony Martin is going for that tempo now. He knows that the


group is behind him, but he is riding well within himself and he


has let the others come up to him. He knows it is not too far behind,


John Degenkolb. He is drawing out the racier. He is, keeping the


pressure on front. Over the line, 200 kilometres in the bag, five


hours in the saddle. Martin on front of the race. And the little group of


the front of the peloton. Tim Wellens, Peter Kennaugh, Edvald


Boasson Hagen, Navarro, Fabio Caruso, Michael Albasini, Sep


Vanmarcke and others. Here come the peloton. Australia cannot afford to


let those riders get away. It is no surprise to see that the former


Commonwealth Games world champion is on the front.


Still plenty of riders in this race, no wonder some of those at the front


of trying to make it harder to get rid of some of them. Trying to make


it a tough race for the sprinters but still there, Ben Swift, John


Degenkolb and Gilbert, crossing the line together. Not an inch given


between those riders. One rider that we have not mentioned, Peter Sagan.


I have not seen him. I have not seen him at all. But again he is a rider


that you would certainly put down for this type of course. The


that you would certainly put down saying that he really needs to win


this world title here this year on this course to kind of salvage a


very lacklustre year. In what he won the green jersey in the Tour de


France! He was in the top twofer every day on the first seven stages.


He just had the legs, but he was getting so excited at the Tour de


France. Stage 2 going into Sheffield, he was dancing off the


front, he was pushing on. He did not need to put the pressure on. In the


group that was left he just needed to sit back because he was by far


the fastest sprinter, it was actually the gents only believe, the


eventual jersey winner in Paris that went on to take that stage. -- it


was actually pretend only he was in the top five in every one


of the first seven stages of this Tour de France, but he did not


manage to get any stage wins. He has won four during his career. Peter


Sagan is already got his big-money move, that will be coming into


effect next season. Through the streets of Ponferrada once more in


the general direction of the castle. Mostly downhill for a couple


of kilometres here. 35 seconds back to the main pack from this lead


group, Matt Heymann of Australia on the front of the peloton.


Have you seen Peter Sagan? Presumably he is tucked into the


peloton? Is that a bad sign? If you do not see him it is a good sign.


What about Great Britain? Who is left? We're pretty much all there.


That is a stark contrast to last year. Ben Swift, Luke Rowe. Steve


Cummings is out. He is out, I am sure he did a lot of the donkey work


earlier. Looking at some of the riders that have gone, Belarus have


lost a couple. A lot of cyclists from the smaller cycling nations. We


mentioned a couple of Polish riders. Stephen Cummings.


And the Australian, second to Mark Cavendish back in 2009, he had out


of the race. Watching Tony Martin, 20 seconds clear of the field at the


moment. You can see how gingerly he is taking the bairns, a lot of white


lines. Just riding away from this group. The way he was looking over


his shoulder, I expected them to wait to come towards him. He is


keeping going, drawing them out and I would imagine he is still riding


within himself. Of all of the riders in this group, I think the only


other rider who would know how to pace himself as well as Tony Martin


is Fabian Cancellara. But he is well and truly stuck in the wheels,


sheltering as best he can. Fabian Cancellara has got his hands full


today because so many people know that he is such a big favourite. He


will be marked extremely closely, although, on occasions we have seen


him ride away from the field as if he is on a motorbike. If he was that


good, there was talk that he was actually on a motorbike! But yes, we


know that he is capable of doing it. Is he capable of doing it here


today? There has been an awful lot of media attention on him, talking


himself up. He has done that over the years with other races. He has


gone out there and done it in front of everyone. He had an incredible


record, he has won so many of those, you mentioned the Perry, but the


others, Flanders, Olympic champion. Seven stages of the Tour de France.


Four times the world time trial champion. But he sacrificed the


medal, what would likely be a medal... Not suggesting that he


would have won it, but he sacrificed a time trial because it was all


about the road race for him here. Looking at the way that Tony Martin


is going, it would not have been a bad warm up for the road race.


Martin is an outstanding rider, team-mate to Mark Cavendish in the


year. His lead is going up and he does not look and Julie stressed by


the effort he is making. Tony Martin has lost two world titles this week.


Earlier this weekend we had the team time trial, the professional teams,


and his team lost that title. BMC the new world champions. The story


was that I heard going into the time trial that a lot of Tony Martin's


team-mates were a little bit under the weather going into that. It was


not such a surprise, but then going into the individual time trial


during the week, he put up a fantastic battle, a hard-fought


battle with Bradley Wiggins. But it was he who took the title away from


Tony Martin, about 26 seconds. He took that victory. He is too down


and he is trying to get one back. There is Jensen from Denmark on the


back of that little group. Number 168 just in front of him. We have


not seen too much form from him for a little while. 58 from Belgium, Sep


Vanmarcke. We have already seen him in the leading group. Michael


Albasini has the red on his back, and a white cross of Switzerland.


And further forward we have just gone past couple of Russian riders


in the red and blue. Simon Geschke, the German rider in this group, he


will not be putting anything in to try to pull back his team-mate, Tony


Martin. He can rest in the wheels, confident that he has got this rider


up the road ahead. They are well covered with Simon Geschke of


Germany in that group, Tony Martin also out in front. Here we are with


our leader on the road, on his own, as he has been for about a third of


a lap now. This is putting an awful lot of pressure on the other teams.


Meanwhile, still sat there going through the last time check in 19th


place, John Degenkolb. He is still there. Matthews is still there as


well, 17th over the line, he was up towards the front of the peloton,


Michael Matthews. We have got to fancy him as a rider in with a


chance depending how many are there at the end. Certainly have. The


Australians have come into this with such a strong squad. This really is


what has made this race today so intriguing. On so many levels there


could be so many different riders looking at taking the victory. It is


so, so difficult to take a pic. It is literally like trying to pick


your numbers on the lottery. For viewers that have just tuned in,


asking if there is any British riders, is there anybody that can do


that? Ben Swift is in good form, five top ten finishes. He is the


protective rider, and has shown in the classic earlier this season that


he has got the potential to be in the shake-up at the end. Third place


by Ben Swift, that was a lot earlier on in the year but it shows us his


potential over a course like this with the amount of climbing and the


relentlessness of it. But not tough enough for somebody like Chris


Froome today. Certainly is not. But it is tough enough to put him out of


the race. I think we saw him and Geraint Thomas going up the back


little bit earlier on, but I would imagine he is certainly not in the


form that we saw him coming out of the other tours.


It's not a course that he can prepare himself for? Certainly not.


This is more of a grind. This is one of the climbs. Froome is out. Froome


is out now, so, yeah, I wouldn't imagine it would be too long before


we saw Geraint Thomas going. Their work is done. They would have done


an awful lot of work for the riders. I think Adam Yates has gone as well.


We are starting to lose riders in the GB squad, but we saw a good


handful of Kwiatkowski's team-mates go. That might have been Simon Yates


up towards the back. The list of DNFs is growing by the minute. We


only have 48 kilometres to go. Still a densely-packed peloton here. It's


a day of mixed weather conditions. The sun is trying to come out at the


finish line. There's the leader, Tony Martin, from Germany. He is


looking pretty good at the moment. We talk about his ability. He's been


pretty much unbeatable in time trials. But Bradley Wiggins


certainly managed to snatch the gold from him on Wednesday and he was a


very worthy winner on the day, Wiggins, winning by 26 seconds, he


timed his effort to perfection. But Martins, not all about time trials,


he's won Paris-Nice in the past. Tour of Belgium. Tour of Switzerland


and holding on to that lead. He is not just a rider for races against


the clock? No. This course won't frighten him too much. There is the


element of the diesel about him. He looks as if he could ride at this


sort of tempo for hours? He is so smooth, as is Bradley Wiggins, but


in a different way. He really is a powerful rider. It is a little bit


more finesse that we see with Bradley Wiggins, where it is a lot


of brute force, certainly no ignorance in the effort, but an


awful lot of brute force by the German riders across-the-board over


the years. Tony Martin does put the power down. Here we can see the


powerful squad on the front now, it is Australia. They are putting a


shift in. They are. It is time to clock on now, it really is. 47.2


kilometres to go and only 19 seconds to that lead group. So they are not


letting it get too far. They have three leaders on the road, two of


the favourites in Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews. We shouldn't


forget Cadel Evans as well, who is about to retire at the end of the


season. What a career he's had. World Champion. In 2009, former


winner of the Tour de France as well. His experience invaluable in


situations like this? Our understanding - and from their press


conference - is that Cadel Evans here as the team leader, much as


David Millar has been the team captain on the road for the Great


Britain team. That is Cadel Evans' role here. He is happy with his


piece of pie. He said, "I have the stripes on the bottom of my sleeve,


so I am relaxed about everything." It is unusual to hear him say


something like that? It is. He is just starting to lighten up a little


bit. Back towards the front of the race, as Taaramae of Estonia has a


little stretch. 19 was Giampaolo Caruso of Italy. Peter Kennaugh is a


little way behind this man, Tony Martin. He is holding tempo


extremely well. A little bit of a breather. He is about to go left


uphill again, up towards the top of the climb at Confederacion. It steps


up in a couple of places. I know that because I missed the turning


the other day! Yes, I didn't miss it the other day with Rochelle. She


said no, it goes up there. So, it kicks up, only a few hundred metres


it climbs up, but from the bottom, where they go past the castle up to


the very top here, where the Australian team are dragging the


peloton, it is around about 200 metres altitude climbing that they


do. They have got such a strong team, Australia, haven't they? The


Belgiums here... There's Philippe Gilbert in the middle of your


picture. The Belgians have got their act together. It looks like they are


putting Vansummeren up the front to do a bit of work. There are riders


at the back like Gilbert and Boonen, no matter who is up front, they will


be wanting to get up there Tony Martin is just climbing up over the


top. An awful lot of camping cars on the right-hand side of our screen.


Those spectators have sat there for day after day because it was


beautiful sunshine a couple of days ago. They have had a wonderful week


up there and for the Men's Road Race anything but. It's been a good day


of racing so far. Hopefully, a good finish to the race to come. Business


as usual for the Men's Road Race, in the rain. You can see the peloton


just coming up over that top section. Running down the road...


There are a series of rivers running down the road. Great Britain keeping


an eye on things. Not much of a gap, around 15 seconds. This is where the


road levels off now and then it starts the descent. The descent that


Tony Martin is on. How far will he push this? How many risks will he


take on this wet descent? That will be the thing over the next couple of


laps, how much do you force it? How many chances do you take on those


descents? One false move and you are on the deck and into the barriers.


You don't need to overstep the mark by too much on these roads. Here's


the sharp right-hander. We have seen a few come a cropper here during the


week. We have. This left and this right, the chicane, and then after


this left it's a 90 degree right-hander over the dam and in the


dry, this bend has taken a lot of riders out, just a bit of


overconfidence for many of the riders in the dry. Tony Martin, no


problems for him. So, a moment or two of respite for Tony Martin


before the road goes uphill once again. This next couple of


kilometres will be interesting to see. Oh and here we have a rider


down. It looks like it is a rider from Argentina. He's gone heavily


into the barriers. The next few kilometres, when the road kicks up


on the second climb, this is where we will see what Tony Martin has got


left in the legs. And who out of the group from behind is going to try


and come out of the front, probably no-one bearing in mind that


Australia are on the front, they are going to ride tempo and try and hold


it together. It looks as if everybody has managed


to get around that right-hander at the dam.


The sun is coming out here on Tony Martin, as is it is here on the


finish straight. There's hardly any wind out here today, to push the


weather systems on. Once it starts raining, it lingers on. Hopefully,


once it stops, the sun will soon dry these roads out and it won't be


pushing the rain clouds over the riders. That lead just steady at 14


seconds. It is very much in range. Belgium with 56, Greg van Avermaet.


The front of the main peloton. Here we are with the leading


and Giampaolo Caruso is at the back at the moment.


out of the saddle and not Greg van Avermaet. This is


out of the saddle and not Greg van steepest sections. The crowd will


like seeing Tony Martin in the steepest sections. The crowd will


They will. This is their second steepest sections. The crowd will


chance to see him rolling around here on his own. Luke Rowe on the


left-hand side of the screen. Great Britain doing a fantastic job today.


He is a strong rider, Luke Rowe. Former winner of a stage in the Tour


of Britain. Sixth in the Commonwealth Games road race. One of


12 who finished on an awful day weatherwise in Glasgow. They are


getting a time check. And then the motorbike will need to get a scoot


on. Vansummeren and in the middle of the shot, the Belgian rider... It is


hurting him a little bit on the climb. The crowds standing out in


the wind and rain throughout the day. It looks as if it might warm up


in more ways than one over the next hour or so. The sun is coming out at


the finish here. Just a little bit - not too


concerned on the front of the peloton. They know it is well


containable this move out front. At least they are hoping it is. So,


they are having a respite on this climb, just riding tempo. It does


make you wonder how many riders will be in there with a shout at the end


of this race and whether anyone will manage to get away and how attacking


this race will be at the closing stages? We ended up with a


decent-sized group at the end of the Women's Race yesterday. That is


Michael Albasini from Switzerland in the middle, Peter Kennaugh behind


him. Tony Martin is in their sights, so they have brought him back.


Good effort by Martin, but he's been passed now. Wellens is losing touch


with that group. Look at him gritting his teeth, pain


etched on his face. The main peloton now on the climb of Mirador. France


now to the front. We haven't seen much of the French so far today. We


haven't. Bouhanni perhaps would be the card for them, but Tim Wellens


is still off the back of that lead group. 12 riders lead the way. Sep


Vanmarcke of Switzerland leads. Luke Rowe with Swifty on his wheel. So


far, so good for Ben Swift. Extremely good. He was gritting his


teeth, mind. A lot of these riders are. Confirmation, 12 at the front.


Edvald Boasson Hagen from Norway is in 12th place. A lot of riders will


be nervous about him being at the front? They will. He does have the


potential to outsprint anybody in a small group like this, certainly


with the combination of riders that are there.


Bouhanni of France is up there in that main pack. He's neatly tucked


in. It is interesting how many riders have been able to hang in


there in these races this week. Quite surprising bearing in mind the


circuit. A lot of the riders were saying the circuit is not as tough


as they perceived it to be before they came here and rode around it. A


lot of it depended on how the race panned out and how hard it was. Up


till now, up to this point, it showed that the sprinters, as we


have seen in a lot of the other races, are able to stay there or


thereabouts but it is on the last lap, on those last ten kilometres,


where they really start to fight. That climb where they previously


brought Tony Martin back, that is the launch pad, that is where those


type of riders really do suffer and struggle to hold on to the wheels,


so it is all about who they have got left with them, team-mates, have


they got anyone who can help bring them back on to the wheels of riders


who go clear? Looks like there is a chain missing. Not a lot you can do


without a chain! Not a great spot to have that problem either. Not


really. The team car is an awful long way back, no neutral service


vehicle either. So, unfortunately that is game over. With a launching


pad climb and a fast technical descent, followed by a chase for a


couple of K along the streets, it reminds me of Milan-San Remo. Yes.


Very similar. And very similar... If someone goes for it, they


desperately try to hang on. You can see Visconti there, he's just trying


to get all the riders, "We need to ride" to keep the pressure on. We


should see the peloton fairly soon. Visconti, you alright, Tony, giving


him the thumbs up. They are gathering themselves and just


weighing up what is the best option. Do you sit up and wait for


team-mates to come across? Or do you press on? This is the gamble that


all the riders are playing now. There is a lot of talent in that


front group. They need to make their mind up pretty quick whether they


are going to commit 100% or not. This is what we saw with that group


of four yesterday in the closing few hundred metres in the Women's Race.


Only one rider can cross the line first and it is such a gamble and


it's gambles that riders are often willing to pay. Ken He is trying to


draw - that is not a full-blown attack by Peter Kennaugh. He is


trying to keep the momentum of this group going. The Belgian rider is


trying to come across. That's Tim Wellens... He got dropped on that


final climb. He is riding tempo now. As Kennaugh went over the line, it


was Edvald Boasson Hagen who went with him, who is a team-mate of his


at Sky. For now. Not next season. The pair of them showing their


intent as France leading the way and on the front there was Romain Bardet


and Warren Barguil. They lead the peloton through. The Australian team


are having a bit of a breather. They have three or four in the front 12


or so of the peloton as they go through.


Two laps to go here now and 11 riders lead the way. And Great


Britain's Peter Kennaugh is one of them and behind him in that first


chase group, tucked in with Luke Rowe helping him out, Ben Swift. So,


from a British point of view, this is a good position to be in? So far,


so good. It is all going to plan. Whether it will be mission


accompliced by the end of the day, we will have to wait and see. So


far, so good. But the same goes for a lot of the other teams by the


looks of it. Germany are in a good position. France seem to be in a


very good position at the moment as well. Primarily because they haven't


had to do much so far, the French. No, it certainly helps in a race of


this length if you can keep your powder dry and wait. This is the


thing with riders who don't want it to come down to a sprint finish. A


sprint finish from a fairly large group like this one, they have to


wait, they have to keep their powder dry and wait for that final climb.


That is the time where they can afford to unleash everything that


they have got left and then try and hold on down that final descent and


on to the run-in into the town here and the finish in Ponferrada. Bardet


was on the front of the peloton. He was fifth in Montreal ten days ago,


behind Simon Gerrans. Inside the last 35K of the race. Giampaolo


Caruso is on the front. The riders are still going through in dribs and


drabs. Arashiro is well down on the main field, from Japan. He may roll


into the pits in the next couple of minutes. 50% of the peloton are out


of the race now. Luis Leon Sanchez has been dropped and so has Cadel


Evans. Right. So, Sanchez was playing the team role then and doing


his work, so too Cadel Evans. This is Visconti from Italy. Yeah,


Visconti it is who has decided not to wait around. He wasn't happy


earlier. He was trying to get the group, trying to get some impetus


into that group. Come on, we need to keep this going. So he's gone off


the front. It will have to be something like this for a rider like


Visconti. If there were too many of them together, he doesn't have a


chance. He will like this finish, but not with a group. He won't like


the finish straight itself, it is pure sprint. Anybody who has got a


half-decent sprint, they will have the strength and the speed over


anybody else. It is not a technical last few hundred metres by any


means. It is that run-in to it that is where Visconti will shine. He


will really enjoy that. Not dissimilar to a Rui Costa-type rider


who won last year, Visconti. Got second on a stage in the Tour de


France this year. Anxiously looking behind there, a long way to go in


this race. 221.7 kilometres under their wheels already. Visconti up by


the castle, the focal point of the route here in Ponferrada. It's a


slender lead. Interesting to see the Host Nation


represented by Daniel Navarro. That was on a stage of the Tour of Spain


this year. Ninth overall in the Tour de France last year. Yet another


rider of the highest quality in the leading group here. We not long saw


Fabian Cancellara's name pop through on the time check, just behind his


team-mate, let's not forget he still has Michael Albasini up in the front


group here. This group are coming around the bend now. So the Swiss


only started with three, but they are still all there. They are in a


very good position. We have Visconti at the front and then the lead is


eight seconds back to 11 others and 20 seconds is the peloton. There are


still a lot of riders who are very much in the hunt for this world


title. As we see, riding past our window, Simon Yates. So, Simon Yates


is looking for the bus! He is about to retire from the race. Well, what


an end to the season, a ride in the GB squad at the World Championships.


First year professional, those two brothers.


Here we are, back with Peter Kennaugh, leading the chase. I think


it looks like he's attacked off the front of that group, trying to go


across. He will be growing frustrated with the others looking


at each other and the peloton getting closer. There they are, that


is the reason why. Doomed, as they say, that move. But in doing what


it's done, it's created a lot of pressure on the peloton behind. It's


brought out the Australians, they had to do a lot of work. Now, the


French. GB jersies are still there. Swifty in an extremely good


position. He's got a team-mate with him. And a team-mate out front.


Visconti, the last time we heard, was six seconds ahead of Peter


Kennaugh. I get the impression Kennaugh might be closing in the way


Visconti keeps looking behind. Mind you, he could probably do with a


hand. We should see him... There he is. Like a dog with a bone! He is a


real racer, Kennaugh. He is an animator. He does take it by the


scruff of the neck, all-or-nothing with Pete. He does, when he is on


his day, as we saw in the Commonwealth Games this year, he


likes to have a go. He was frustrated, I think - we know he was


- not getting picked for the Tour de France team for Sky this year. He


did a great job last year when Chris Froome won. Instead, he won the Tour


of Austria instead. That is a tough race as well, the Tour of Austria.


Back at the peloton, it is all starting to light up there. Riders


are trying to go off the front. We can see 12 seconds the gap. A little


splinter group coming off the front of the peloton. Is that Albasini


again on the front? Just can't see clearly. It did look like a Swiss


rider. It looked like there was a Spaniard there as well. These two


can see them coming across. A long straight road. Pete just talking to


Pete Smith on the side of the road. He didn't want feeding that lap, he


said, "Next lap!" The early slopes of Confederacion now.


They are starting to split up again, as we saw on a previous lap. Maybe


we will get a better look here. It as we saw on a previous lap. Maybe


looks like Albasini on the front, just looking over the shoulder, the


Swiss rider. Where is Fabian Cancellara? Where are you? France,


Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Spain represented there. And the rider on


the left-hand side of your picture is Luke Rowe and he's done some


sterling work, up to the front during the race and also down there


towards the back. That is Cadel Evans on the left-hand side with the


green and gold. The front of the race, Visconti and Kennaugh. And the


rider from the Isle of Man dangling off the front of the peloton here


with the Italian. Nobody wanting to take the chase up on the peloton.


You can see them zig-zaging across from left to right on the road. One


rider takes it up and swings over, hoping someone else comes through


straightaway, but they don't. Not too much panic. Still 30 kilometres


to go. Tony Martin has been spat out the


back of the peloton. Not too long after having been at the front of


the race. That was a big effort that he put in. Daniel Navarro going out


the back of the peloton. A few riders going past our window still


here, including Geoffrey Soupe of France. All of the big teams have


started to lose riders. It is unsurprising. It is not too much


panic in teams who are down on riders. We saw a lot of the Polish


riders earlier with Kwiatkowski, but a lap before he still had two


team-mates with him. If the race carries on like this, it will be an


almighty scrap on the short climb up to Mirador. Another attack goes. Is


this one of the French riderses, possibly? -- French riders,


possibly? Yes, one of the Italians coming across with him. Not sure if


it is still raining up the top, or if it is just where the roads are so


wet. A bit more action. It is Alessandro De Marchi who is on the


front. He is in really good form. Attacks now coming thick and fast.


Looks like Albasini in the middle of that group there. He is still going


off the front. There's a Colombian rider trying to get involved up at


the front as well. That's definitely De Marchi on the front of the race.


The rider with the bright helmet. They are stringing this peloton out.


The gaps are all starting to open up. Among those towards the back is


Damiano Caruso and 125, the Slovenian, Fajt. Does he want


feeding? Or does he want some information? What is going on at the


front of the race? Daniel Navarro was at the back of


the peloton, there he is. You can see how far, how money vehicles he


has got to get up there to fight all the way back. Meanwhile, he has got


a couple of team-mates, two or three team-mates trying to go across to


the front group. Extremely well represented, Spain, at the moment.


Mind you, they were last year, and look what they did with it. Gautier


of France, we have seen him attacking simony times in the Tour


de France over the last couple of years, and he is in second place at


the moment. And the other rider from Denmark, I think it is Anderson.


Michael Anderson. Here at the front of the race. It is a little


three-man group. We can see how they fare. He wants the others to do a


turn, and Gautier does not normally need asking twice. It is his


speciality getting stuck in at the front of the race. Trying to break


away. He of course is not one of the main... Not one of the big guns in


the French team. But they do have a strong team here this year, but it


looks like... At least up to one lap, it was all about Nacer


Bouhanni. What have they got left after the Tour de France? We have


not mentioned Tony Gallopin, stage winner in the Tour de France, he has


had a good year and he is worth keeping an eye on.


Constant activity on the front here now. Suddenly the Spanish team


moving to the fore. Michael Albasini are still with them. There is


Anderson, followed by OTA. -- followed by Gautier. They are trying


to set it up for the team-mates at the moment, but the pressure on the


riders behind, the teams behind. Michael Albasini, still riding so


strong at the moment was seven. He has been an absolutely everything.


Izaguirre it's there with him for Spain. Alejandro Valverde was well


fancied for this one, twice a silver-medallist and three times a


bronze-medallist in the world road race over the years. Here is the


last intersection of the first climb that they are getting too. You can


see there is a little bit of a carrot ahead, three riders just


trying to jump across. It is constantly going to spin to. Gautier


just about hanging in there. The pressure is being put on by


Anderson. Away from the crowds, through the


trees. Weekly wooded, this part of the course.


Vincenzo Nibali has been dropped by the peloton. The winner of the Tour


de France, he has been dropped by the peloton. That is one of many


that we can cross off our list as favourite today. Did not come here


in great form, having fallen off. The last week or so. Then going down


again on the first lap. Mind you, he crashed with just over one lap to go


in Florence and managed to finishing fourth place.


The gap is just opening up a little bit as its printers behind, as you


can see, but still a lot of riders in the hunt. This is still quite a


big group, 25.7 kilometres to go. Still a lot of riders in this, an


awful lot that can take the victory here today. Heading towards the dam,


the right-hander. This is the front of the race.


Anderson is now doing his turn for Denmark.


There is the chasing peloton. Not that far behind. Gingerly making


their way around, now is not the time to go down, it really is not.


You can see a couple of riders, handful the back of the peloton,


making their way back. We have got another attack coming out of the


tunnel. 18 seconds back, the peloton. Launching themselves off


the front, two more. To do with moving in an bit closer


to see what those chasers were. Absolutely impossible from that sort


of distance. Here is the leading trio. Wonder how much longer they


will be out in front. They are on one of the steepest sections now. No


word coming through on the chase, as we see Peter Kennaugh on the


left-hand side of your picture. Number 39, just in front. He will be


with sky next year. I think so. Just alongside him, number three, from


Portugal, Thiago Silva. For Belgians on the front, all of them up there.


It looks like they have got themselves together this year.


I also noticed towards the front of the peloton, it looked like Fabian


Cancellara is not that far behind. As well as the Belgians lining up, I


think that Fabian Cancellara is there on the left-hand side of the


road. There he is, third in on the left-hand side. Yes, on the front,


just coming through now. Alejandro Valverde is on the front. It looks


like it is Alejandro Valverde. It is Alejandro Valverde, quite right.


Alejandro Valverde. So, a lot of the main players, all


of them there, all within a shout. This is going to be so interesting.


So many of the Spaniard still there. Meanwhile, others just looking over


their shoulder to check where they are, how far over the front of the


peloton. He is such a strong rider. Her legs will be so tired, the fatty


will really be settling in. Just missed out on a medal, fourth in the


time trial. So close but yet so far. A couple of stage wins in Italy over


the years, a great team rider he has been for the likes of Chris Froome


and Bradley Wiggins. Over the last couple of years there at Team Sky.


Spain sending a rider off the front. Strength in numbers, they have got


an awful lot left in the peloton. Italy going on the chase as well.


This is where you have got to go for it, this is where you have got to


launch it. He knows that the attack is doomed. Anderson is still working


hard. Gautier is at the back of the three, the Frenchman. It is hurting


now, they have been racing for nearly six hours. Over the summit.


Just under 23 kilometres to go. Steam-roll ring down the road,


chasing them down. It looks like Michael Albasini again trying to


come across. There is Michael Albasini on the


right. I wonder if that might be Sep Vanmarcke again up towards the front


for Belgium. Spain really coming to the fore. It is Sep Vanmarcke. Clark


is up there for Australia as well. Warren Barguil of France as well.


Ben Swift is well positioned and looking good. Nacer Bouhanni is


there. Let's be honest, a lot of people still there this stage of a


world road race. This is the front. For the time being. Michael


Anderson, For the time being. Michael


Anderson, -- Gautier. Daniel Moreno is there


about 45 back, Simon Clark from Australia as well. Warren Barguil,


Jan Bakelants leading the front of the peloton. Ben Swift is there.


Alejandro Valverde and Rui Costa all up there around about Ben Swift. And


right on his wheel, Fabian Cancellara. Peter Kennaugh is there,


Philippe Gilbert, Tom Boonen. All of the favourites coming to the fore.


As you would expect, the World Championships. What a final that we


have in store. Alexander Kristoff is still there. We cannot forget him,


we have not mentioned him, but he had a team-mate up their earlier on,


Edvald Boasson Hagen putting pressure on everybody. Alexander


Kristoff. Roach of Ireland is still there as well. For those that watch


the Tour of Britain, there are still a few riders left from that, stage


winners, up there with the leaders of this group. Sonny Colbrelli from


Italy. We were talking about him earlier. Two kilometres to the end


of this lap. And then there will be one lap to go in the race forward


Championship gold. This really is setting up to be an incredible final


lap here at the World Championships. So many riders still in so many


teams with options. It is so open. Into Ponferrada they come for the


ultimate time. The leading riders, as you can see, just over three


quarters of a minute clear, you can see that they are eight seconds


behind the leading three. The peloton is hurtling down towards


the bottom of the roundabout at the bottom. You can see there are dry


spots on the road, but also a lot of damp spots, that is quite difficult


for the riders to negotiate. One minute you know that you can put the


bike over because it is dry, but then if you hit a wet patch, you


have two be vigilant. Meanwhile, still desperately trying to get up


to those riders up ahead. I think that if they want to stay away for a


little bit longer, it would be in their interest to have others with


him, surely. It certainly would, I would imagine they would spend the


next minute or so in the wheels of the riders, just trying to recover


as best they can, get that second wind and then certainly the


Belarussian, if they have anything left, they will go over that. He did


well in the time trial, nearly got a medal, not quite. Just urging those


other riders to get going. All business here, Alessandro DeMar from


Italy. Just that hint of a breather as they waited. Here we go, it is


the bell. The World Championship road race. One lap to go. We know


that six hours in the saddle already. So many riders will still


be fancying that gold medal. The rainbow jersey could be there is.


Sep Vanmarcke for Belgium. Simon Clark is up there with him as well,


the Australian. This is a rider that nobody was talking about. He has got


a decent pedigree, he has won in the Tour in the past. Tom Boonen just


off his handlebars, the Belgian rider. Tom Boonen has won the world


title before, he has won so many big races time and time again. This is a


big group. How big is this going to be? The next three quarters of a


lap. That is where we will get a better picture of who is likely to


be crossing the line first here when it starts to split up. No doubt it


will split up. We will have two C attacks because there is an awful


lot of riders in this group that will not want it to come down to a


sprint finish. Ben Swift is in there. He is near Fabian Cancellara.


The front third of the group. Still in with a shout, Ben Swift.


Back at the front of the race. Settling in now with his new


companions. Daniel Martin just going past our window. Dan Martin for


Island, just going through. Roach is the only one still in there for


island. I think he was still in that league group not so long ago in the


main peloton. Actually just coming down a little


bit, the gap is about 40 seconds now from those for riders back to the


peloton. They cannot afford to hang around. They need to try to keep


this a roundabout this kind of distance. That is if they have got


anything left in the tank on the climb. Will they be able to hold


on? Possibly not, these for riders, certainly enough back in the peloton


that are willing to work. It will end up in a big sprint for the line


at the end. Will somebody have the confidence and the guts to punch it


and take it away on the line on the last lap to win on their own? Who


has got the confidence to try it? We have seen it in the under 23 race,


somebody going clear and holding on. Other than that, it had been group


finishes. They hang on just about by their fingernails with a plaque


bearing down on them. The Belarussian just peeling off having


done his turn. Gautier from France on the back. Anderson from Denmark.


And at the front, De Marchi from Italy. He was the instigator of the


move, and he is seemingly acting as the captain of the ship among the


four of them. Just keeping momentum, keeping it going, keeping pressure


for these riders here. The three riders up near the front. Michael


Albasini still for Switzerland. Goodness me, he has got through some


work today, Michael Albasini. Here he is once more. Phenomenal ride


from him. I think that Alejandro Valverde is feeling good, he has got


a couple of team-mate up there with him. Team-mates throughout the year.


Up towards the castle for the last time. This is it, the final time he


will have two do this climb. Just a sharp little entrance, and then it


levels off a little bit, taking up, turning right, and then this long


drag. Everybody will be in sight. Certainly more than 40 seconds to be


out of sight of the peloton. They seem to be working reasonably


well, these four. There is always a sign that the pressure is on. They


are strung out like that. Single file. The race has been on for a


couple of laps. It stops and starts in the peloton as they regroup and


let some groups go clear. Right now, certainly. It is Michael Albasini,


Alessandro Valverde is right there, Simon Clark, Rui Costa, what about a


repeat for him in the defence of his world title? Fabian Cancellara, Sep


Vanmarcke is up there. John Degenkolb, Gilbert, Warren Barguil,


Daryl Impey, we should not forget the South African as an outsider.


Fabio Aru. And Vincenzo Nibali has got back on. We were told he had


been dropped, but he is the thick of things with Sonny Colbrelli on his


wheel. They are the first 30 in the main group. Ben Swift is still there


for Great Britain. Just behind Vincenzo Nibali and Sonny Colbrelli.


Alexander Kristoff as well. Simon Gerrans from Australia. Nacer


Bouhanni from France. Most of the favoured riders still in the main


group. Roach is in the middle of the penitent, just in front of Greg Van


Avermaet. 28 seconds. The leaders down, no surprise. This is a sharp


section, it will now turn right. It just levels off a little bit, and


then they hit the first that long drag. They will be well with insight


any minute. That is one of the problems in that line, it is so


open. The weather, the wind, at least, had not played too


open. The weather, the wind, at part because it is open on the


right-hand side. It had predominantly been that tailwind for


most of the week, but it would have played a part if that would have


turned. Hitting them in the face, it would have slowed it down, would


have helped the sprinters to stay in there, would have slowed everything


down as it is without much wind while the sprinters do not seem to


have had too much problem up to now. On the front, Michael Albasini has


been absolutely burying himself on behalf of his compatriot, Fabian


Cancellara. The Italians gather once again. They have still got cards to


play. They are by no means the only ones here. And Alejandro Valverde, I


wonder what is going through his mind having been so close so many


times. This could be his one final really good chance. Yes, Alejandro


Valverde is certainly in the form to do it. He likes the course. He was


second here on the national Championship where they ran this


course. He knows it well. They keep going out the back of the main


peloton. You do get this when you get on the hard section of the


course, you go off the back, and find your legs again. Working


yourself back to the peloton. It is difficult, once you get into that


situation, you do come off the back. Daniel Caruso coming of the back of


the peloton. Really dragging the peloton at this climb of


Confederation for the last time. Probably more renowned for his


results against the watch than on the road. John Degenkolb is still


hanging in there near the front. Yes, I think it looks like that John


Degenkolb will be bringing it up. Alejandro Valverde on the left-hand


side of your picture in the yellow and red with the lime green on the


helmet. Roach on the left-hand side of the screen. He has done well to


drag himself to walk to the front of the peloton here. John Degenkolb in


the middle of the shot, really getting his teeth. Alejandro


Valverde watching everything with an eagle eye. Well positioned in the


first half dozen, determined not to let an opportunity like this slip


away. They can do no more, Alejandro


Valverde is taking up the pace. Just looking back to see if Ben


Swift is still up there. Fabian Cancellara is up there. Tom Boonen


is there. That might be Ben Swift on the right-hand side of the road,


about 15 riders back. A great ride by him, he can put his feet up.


Back with the leaders, have not seen them for a little while, with


Belarus. This really is where the rate is being played out in behind.


Do not think he has got anybody left with him to help now.


Still a big group here. The Spanish making the pace. Swift looks pretty


good. Considering how long he has been riding. I have two say, I have


only seen him with his teeth gritted once, that was on the previous lap.


This is the point trying to make earlier on, this is more of a drag.


It sets up the legs with fatty, and then you descend down, and you have


got the twisty turns, you have got the right hand onto that, into the


tunnel, and then within a few hundred metres that is where you


have got the second climb on the circuit. That is a little bit


steep, 10% at the start and the finish. That is a launch pad, where


the sprinters will really start to struggle if they do. John Degenkolb,


we have seen him with his teeth gritted, really trying to hang


himself in there. If he is hanging in on this part of the climb, we


might well see depending on how the race develops and how many attacks


we see, he could very well lose contact. This is the Spanish rider


upfront at the moment, he finished sixth in the recent Tour of Britain.


Fifth on the stage into Bristol. Here is the chasing peloton digging


in at the back. Number 141 at the back. Winner of two stages on in the


UK this month. And number 39 from the Netherlands. Certainly a rider,


if he has got anything and can go clear, if he can launch himself, he


could time trial his way in and put people under pressure. I think he is


hanging on! He is hanging on, but what a back end to the year he has


had. Will certainly be keeping an eye on him. Just 24. So often we see


him tapping along at pace on the front of the peloton, dishing out


some discomfort to everybody else behind him. Here he is on the front


of the race. On the last lap, the Men's Elite Road Race. The right to


wear the rainbow jersey on the road for the next year. That is at stake


here, to succeed Rui Costa of Portugal who won in Florence, this


time last year. Spanish riders, bit by bit, doing


their job for Alejandro Valverde, trying to put him in the best


possible position to put him in the opportunity to win. Joaquim


Rodriguez in that team as well. All three of the Norwegian riders,


Edvald Boasson Hagen, and others. They have ridden strongly and given


themselves a chance, Norway, in the first 20 of the peloton!


Italy still looking in good shape here Rob! Just looking down, the


Portuguese still strong. Rui Costa is there with two other team-mates.


Olivero as well. Whatever happened last year, we did not see him the


whole race, and then when it counted... Could it be the same this


year? He said how much he had enjoyed riding this year in the


rainbow jersey, the previous 12 months, so he will not want to lose


it. Anything he can do to get that jersey back on his shoulders he will


be doing. So many other riders in that position as well. They


desperately want this. It is all or nothing for the Belgian squad. They


are all up there, there is a good five riders, but which one are they


working for? They have got such strength, the Belgian team. You have


to say, if it comes down to this group, Tim Boon and will be the


number one rider! -- Tim Tom Boonen. It is perfect for


Gilbert, it is a launch pad that he will enjoy. If he has got anything


left in the tank, he will be there. Christopher Jensen of Denmark, he


was in the early break with peloton among others, he has been dropped


from the peloton now. There is a few riders just asking to go out the


back. The pressure is utterly relentless here. A war of attrition.


But there are still so many of them. Italy still so well represented,


Italy! A little stretch for De Marchi, at the front, in the old


blue. The rider at the back is Gauthier of France. In front of him


in the red from Denmark it is Michael Anderson. And the


Belarussian at the front. He is keen to know what the distance


is. Not much! Not a lot. And getting less all the time. Still with a


climb to go. It is not all downhill just yet.


This is the swift descent that takes them towards the dam. Let's hope


that everyone manages to stay upright here.


There is always that temptation to push it that extra little bit when


there's so much at stake. You lose concentration a bit and overegg it a


touch. It doesn't take much at all on these tyres in these conditions.


If you crank it over too much, you are gone. That's race over. It is


coming down all the time. A second or so on the descent. The


peloton are making that same turn. Kwiatkowski he is there. Has he gone


a little bit too early? We know he's got the legs. He's ran out of


team-mates now. They did so much work early on, but Kwiatkowski is


making a move, the first of the real favourites. He does not want to be


sprinting it out with Swift, with Kristoff, with Boonen.


He's got these riders here. Here he is. He caught them pretty quickly.


There was only seven or eight seconds between the chasing group


and these riders at the front. What does Kwiatkowski do here? He may


well just sit there for a few revs more and then attack. You can see


there are so many riders fighting behind. If it was a smaller group


behind with individual riders, you would probably chance it a bit. With


so many riders with team-mates willing to force on the front, it is


difficult. He's got himself into a difficult position. He is not out of


sight. He is not out of mind. He is there, dangling off the front of


them. He's given himself a slight advantage, potentially. If he can be


ahead when they go up Mirador... Here we go. That could make the


difference. He cannot afford to wait now. It is a short climb. There


isn't much time. You can't gain much ground no matter how hard you


accelerate, maybe that is why he's decided to go earlier. It is a good


move. It is turning into an extremely good move. He has Andersen


with him. He will need some help, I think. I'm not sure how long he will


have Andersen with him. Michal Kwiatkowski strikes out for victory.


They don't seem to have the firepower to bring it back. Spain


are desperately trying. This looks now like a good move because let's


not forget, a lot of the run-to -- run-in to the finish is downhill.


This is his big effort. This is his bid for victory. As you can see,


just over five kilometres to go here. He's on the last real


difficulty of the circuit now, this fairly short climb up to Mirador,


10%, the first couple of hundred metres, 10% near the top as well,


not long before they go over the summit. This is where people have to


make their move if they are going to attack. There are so many riders


left in this who are all looking at each other. This rider up front from


Poland, we know he's got the legs and now we see Spain. Joaquim


Rodriguez is leading the chase! I'm sure that is not Valverde. No, it's


not. Rodriguez is on the attack for Spain. Belgium going as well. Riders


know this is where they have to make their move and then try and hang on.


De Marchi and Andersen are left behind by those at the front.


Australia is going as well. Spain are still strong. They have got the


numbers. Have they got the distance left to bring back a rider like


Kwiatkowski. Technically he is good. Is it Gilbert for Belgium? It is


Philippe Gilbert for Belgium. Look at the effort now. Gerrans.


Kwiatkowski leads the way. Nearly six-and-a-half hours they have been


racing. Valverde is next to him. Rodriguez made the initial effort.


He is being left behind. Valverde leads the chase. Gerrans is there


for Australia. Gilbert, Rui Costa, Nacer Bouhanni, a lot of the riders


are still in there. Where's Ben Swift? We didn't see him. Boonen was


getting distanced. We knew it was going to come down to this final


climb and all on this descent. He cannot afford now, with four


kilometres to go, a lot of it is downhill, he cannot afford it - I


think Ben Swift has been dropped. His race, that's it. His chance for


a medal has gone. Here's Philippe Gilbert now in the blue of Belgium.


Leading the chase here. Valverde is in there behind him.


These riders, they are looking at each other now. Who is going to take


up the chase? Belgium have got the numbers, they have got two here.


They can afford to lose one rider. This rider up front, he has nothing


to lose, he is giving it everything, burying himself in these last few


kilometres. It's Michal Kwiatkowski looking for every advantage he can


get. Don't look back. He is trying to stay as small as possible, trying


to keep as much speed as he can. Gilbert for Belgium. He is taking


every chance here, Gilbert, on this fast descent, Kwiatkowski is trying


to eke out every last second that he can. It is 2K to the line when he


gets to the bottom of this descent. What a chase this is going to be.


Who is left in the group behind? Germany, did Degenkolb make it over?


It looks like he was there or thereabouts. There's a lot of


Germans left in the group. It is up to them to bring THIS group back and


then on to THIS rider. Giving absolutely everything, taking so


many risks there, using every inch of the road, gutter to gutter, out


of the saddle again, fighting all the way down across the roundabout


and into the town here and on to the flat. I think Degenkolb was the


German rider who was up there. We can't quite see because it's


Valverde who is leading the chase, seven seconds here, with just 1.6


kilometres to go here. The race now very much on for the medals in the


heart of Ponferrada and Kwiatkowski leads the way. These riders could


contest the medals and Gilbert knows it. He now does his turn at the


front as Valverde goes to the back of this group. This motorbike - they


are sucking in behind him. They have cleared the camera bike out of the


way. Where is Kwiatkowski? What is the distance? It's foreshortened,


but they are going to chase him all the way home here now. Gilbert is


leading the chase. Valverde in there as well. There's a Frenchman in that


group, too. Is that going to be Kristoff? Gilbert is doing all the


work for his Belgian team-mate, Greg van Avermaet. Maybe Tony Gallopin is


up there as well. It is Kwiatkowski. Can he hang on? He may have enough


to hang on. He has to dig in! They chase him to the line. It will be


gold for Poland. It looks like it is going to be the 24-year-old


Kwiatkowski who hangs on. He does. He wins! He chanced his arm. He had


the guts to go for it. It paid off. Simon Gerrans from Australia takes


the silver and Alejandro Valverde from Spain is on the podium once


again, but misses out on gold. It is the sixth time he's made the podium


in the World Championships, but he has yet to stand on the top of the


podium. Greg van Avermaet was fourth, Tony Gallopin fifth for


France and Philippe Gilbert sixth for Belgium. What a ride by


Kwiatkowski. Incredible! I thought at the time he had gone just a


little bit too early. He proved me wrong. Absolutely fantastic. And


even having Gilbert there riding everything, putting everything on


the line there for Greg van Avermaet in that group behind. He wasn't able


to bring him back. John Degenkolb was eighth. Michael Matthews


finishing 14th. When we look back now at that final lap, Rob, we can


see what he was trying to do, Kwiatkowski timed his effort to


perfection. REPORTER: Ben, we knew somebody was


going to be bold on that final climb. It was Kwiatkowski? I knew.


He is such a class act. He had his team on the front all day. He


definitely deserved that win today. To be fair to yourself, you were


beautifully positioned. You could have done no more? I mean, I gave it


my best shot. It was just that last steep climb that really hurt. I got


myself into a good position. It was a hard day. Everything seemed to go


according to plan, Peter Kennaugh getting into that break? Yes, that


was brilliant. Pete was fantastic today. It was a strange race, to be


honest. I expected it to be more attacking. Yeah, Pete did a really


good ride. Thank you very much. Thanks.


COMMENTARY: Here is a view of the finish once again. This was the race


for second place and Simon Gerrans taking the sprint. He's been in


tremendous form lately. It wasn't the medal that he was looking for


and Valverde ending up third. Here are the final moments. That


climb, potentially, wasn't long enough to get a big enough gap to


stay away. If had a few seconds on top of that, having gone a little


bit earlier, you might be able to hang on. He did have time, of


course, he even had time to take it all in and you can see the chasers


there despairing as they try to hunt him down. Confirmation there - we


were hearing from Ben Swift - that he did indeed finish in 12th place,


one behind Fabian Cancellara at the end of this World Road Race. Michal


Kwiatkowski - what a talent he is. And already a World Champion in the


Team Time Trial and his preparation for these World Championships


included time in Britain, the Tour of Britain, he finished second


overall in that race and won the stage from Worcester to Bristol. So,


what wonderful preparation that proved to be. The crowds gather and


wait for the ceremony here in Ponferrada. This is the official


confirmation of the result: It was a very, very hard day. The


crowd begin to pack up their things and head for the town centre and the


rain begins to fall again. Michal Kwiatkowski is the new World


Champion. JONATHAN EDWARDS: A fraction under


six-and-a-half hours. Rob has come down from the commentary box. What a


bike race. It is a slow-burner. We saw the four guys going out clear


and then they brought them back. The Poles, wasn't it? It is fair to say


Michal Kwiatkowski... However we say it! He has paid his friends back!


Incredible. When he attacked, I thought a bit too early. He went


just before they did that right turn on the dam and I thought it could be


a bit early. Fortunately for him, he had that group, so he timed it to


perfection. It was the tactic that he was always going to use. Yeah. He


pulled it off. One of the things about yesterday - it wasn't


constant? This was constant attack? The Italian team were really putting


the pressure on. Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, they should be able


to cope on a course like this. It was not easy. A lot of the sprinters


were there or thereabouts. Ben Swift, Bouhanni, Degenkolb,


Kristoff, so it was looking like it was going to be extremely exciting.


Michal Kwiatkowski was not hanging around. In the end, the edge taken


off those sprinters by the relentless nature... The final


section of that climb, the final 10%, is difficult. That is where the


legs really do start to fall off and riders like Michal Kwiatkowski and


Gilbert and Valverde, they come to the front. What was interesting is


there were two Belgians and they were always going to be strong, but


still Michal Kwiatkowski could hold them off? Having a rider like


Gilbert burying himself on the front of that small, select group for van


Avermaet, that was where I thought in the last few hundred metres he


could very well bring Michal Kwiatkowski in. He kept looking over


his shoulder. Don't look back, keep going. He had enough in hand. In


terms of the other riders who got caught up, should they have gone -


wait a second, hold that thought. Peter Kennaugh is talking to Jill.


REPORTER: A long day in the saddle? You could say that. The weather


wasn't too bad in the end. It was my first professional World


Championship so I'm happy with how I rode and the team were pretty good.


Not sure where Swift was in the end. To be there in the finals is hard


enough in these kinds of races. As a team, we did a good ride. It did


seem to follow the plan, just that last plan when Michal Kwiatkowski


got away from the group. Ben finished 12th in the end. OK. Yeah,


12th is a good result, to be fair. Like you said, it is the World


Championships. I tried my luck a bit earlier on, which was the game plan


to follow any of the bigger nations. I could have held back a bit and


saved it for the end. I thought this is it, it was three or four laps to


go, I had committed, so I gave it my best shot and once I got caught by


the group, I tried to do what I could for Swift. Thank you very


much. JONATHAN EDWARDS: Peter Kennaugh


there speaking to Jill. How do you assess the British team's


performance? They rode to a plan. They executed that plan extremely


well. It was unfortunate for Swifty that that last ten minutes of racing


was extremely difficult and that was where he just ran out of legs and


probably expected to be, bearing in mind where all the other riders of


his ilk were, all the other sprinters. So, I think it is hats


off to them. As David Millar said, it wasn't just about coming here and


trying to win the jersey because it's a big call, a massive ask. It's


about doing the jersey proud and I think we can safely say that they


did that well today. They did. For people watching at home, who haven't


seen a lot of bike racing, what was Peter Kennaugh - the rain is


chucking down a bit here! He animated the race? He did. He went


clear in the back-end of the race. That puts pressure on the other


riders, the other teams to have to bring that back. It takes all the


pressure off the GB riders because there is no way they are going to


chase. He played his part well and had that group stayed away, then he


would have been in a good position to get up there with the top


position himself. That is the kind of rider that he is. It is a


double-edged sword and a double-whammy. The man with the


shortest odds, Simon Gerrans, he just missed out. When you are a


marked man like that, that is a great performance? It is. They rode


well. They did work on the front when they had to. But then they slid


back and they kept cool, they kept calm. Talk about keeping your powder


dry, he was able to do that under these conditions. And, yeah, it was


all about - it was always going to be about that last climb when it got


to a situation like we had in the race. Unfortunately, for Geraint,


Michal Kwiatkowski was up the road! He was. Third place, another podium


finish for Valverde, but not the one he wanted? He's consistent! Yeah. I


think this year was a year - he knew the course. It was their National


Championship course. He got a silver medal. He will be disappointed.


Having said that, it seems this year, at least, the Spanish rode to


a plan and stuck to it and they did the best job that they could do. One


of the things that people have always said in cycling is you need


to do the Welte to win the world title. Now they need to do the Tour


of Britain? It is certainly up there in the rankings for good-quality


preparation for the World Championships. Great Men's Race.


Yesterday, saw a great Women's Race. It was a great advert for women's


cycling. It is not only in the peloton that


women's cyclists face a challenge. They continue to campaign to raise


the profile of their sport and expand the race calendar. There is a


lot of races going on, but the big problem is nobody sees them. So it


is very hard, if nobody sees them, it is hard to get sponsorship and it


is hard to get sponsorship and you can't race. It is like a vicious


circle. Do you feel there is genuine progress being made? I feel like


there's been progress in women's cycling. Particularly since 2012


since the issue was raised in the media, there's been more


recognition, more attention for women's cycling. Women's cycling is


a fast-growing sport. Every year, it is getting bigger. It gets more


attention. There's been small progress. The UCI have delivered on


the promises they have made. There have been highlights packages of


each World Cup. So my family have been able to watch me win the World


Cup this year, which is special. There is still a long way to go. I'm


happy that we are starting now. It is fantastic. I'm part of that


movement. It is not enough to be the greatest in women's cycling, you


must be a campaigner, too. I like to race and ride the bike. I can give


something back to the sport, too. There was the petition into the Tour


organisation. That worked out. It was a privilege to ride down there


and get the same opportunity as the men do. It is nice to be able to do


those iconic things in sport that I dream about, just as much as the


next boy does! Also new this year, the Women's Tour of Britain,


building on the success of the Ride London Circuit Race. Friends for


Life Women's Tour in the UK was incredible. That shocked the


organisers how popular it was. It was on the level with the amount of


spectators that watched the Men's Tour in Britain. It is not only


about the World Championships and the Olympic Games, we race every


week fantastic races. The World Cups, some great stage races. Next


year, there will be a Tour of California, we are adding more


races. It seems to be going in the right direction. We want to get that


stage to show the world the beauty of women's cycling. The men's season


is dominated by three Tours, while the women tackle one. Sharing the


stage with the men in France in July remains a dream. The world's best


female riders are still waiting in the wings. There is nothing that


stops women physically. It is not possible for women to ride the whole


Tour de France. It takes time for the peloton as a whole to gain our


strength. At the top level, the riders are paid. A lot of cyclists


have to work as well. So, we can't train for 250K stages. What is the


next step? A lot more certainty for the riders. There's teams that don't


pay their riders. So, that is very important for the riders and also


have some continuity in racing. Like a lot of sports, women's races are


separate from men's races. If you are going to have more women's races


at the same time, you have that infrastructure there and the roads


are already closed and the spectators are there, there is room


for it to grow, but it can't happen overnight. The message there is that


women's cycling, Rob, has come a long way, but still a long way to


go. How have you seen the evolution of women's cycling? I have. I can


remember back when there was a Women's Tour de France and then it


went away. Now, the way that the racing has evolved, the characters


are in the racing. It helped in the UK that we have some world-class


riders. That helps. Riders like Marianne Vos, she is the figurehead


of that and we had Emma Pooley behind her and I think there is some


good things happening with the women's racing, the Women's Tour of


Britain for a start is something... It was a huge success? It was. The


racing is exciting as. We see it when the racing lights up, like we


saw yesterday, it is incredible. It is good to see Vos has got some


competition now. When one athlete, one rider, dominates in that way,


people question how competitive it is? That was the thing. A lot of


other riders thought, "You know what, I could well have a chance


now." They upped their game a little bit. That said, the gap in the


earnings between some of the top men and some of the top domestics in the


peloton dwarfs anything the women get? Certainly does. And Emma Pooley


has just retired from cycling to go to triathlon because she felt she


could earn Mormon snee? -- More money? She probably will. It doesn't


surprise me. It's all about where the sponsorship is and, ultimately,


it comes from the coverage and the more coverage that the women's


racing gets, the more money that will come into it. The same with the


men's racing. If it is not covered on the TV, the sponsorship


disappears and so it is something that I think will evolve and grow.


This time last year, it was the election of Brian Cookson. One of


the things on his manifesto was the promotion of women's cycling. Jill


Douglas caught up with him yesterday.


REPORTER: One year in charge, how happy are you with what you have


been able to deliver in your first year? It's been an incredibly busy


year for me. My feet have hardly touched the ground. We have made


progress. We turned that into a strategy for the UCI. We have seen


great progress in women's racing. We have seen a real amount of progress


in anti-doping. We have a good relationship with the World


Anti-Doping Agency. All of that stuff is going very well. Is the job


what you expected it to be? Well, there is a bit more travel than I


expected. I seem to spend as much time on airplanes and in hotels as I


have at home, in Switzerland or in Lancashire. I'm not complaining. I


enjoy meeting people. That is part of the job. I'm looking forward to


the next few years. Key to that manifesto was your commitment to


women's cycling. Do you feel there is real progress being made? I do.


There is a way still to go. We are at the moment where women's sport is


being taken more seriously, by the public, by the media, by sponsors.


We are proud of that. We are doing what we can. We have invested a lot


of money this year. We will continue to do that. I can't flick a switch


and make everything go alright. I can't make everything equal. We are


progressing in the right direction. Another big challenge of course


coming in was to clean up the image of the UCI and the sport in general.


Do you think that's going in the right direction? I do. We have had a


lot of progress. The establishment of the independent reform commission


that we have got under way, that is doing its work now. It will report


at the end of January. I am confident that it will not just


review what's happened in the past, but u -- but make some good


recommendations for the future. The work we are doing on this new


tribunal, I think we can claim we are amongst the leaders in the fight


against doping in any sport. What about these World Championships. You


enjoying it? It is great. Ponferrada is a wonderful part of the world in


this part of Spain. It's not the easiest place to get to. It is on


the brilliant pilgrimage route. Brian Cookson there. Rob, he came to


power against Pat McQuaid. It is a tough job to be in office and then


make changes. How is he doing? I think he is doing well, but like I


said in the interview, you do not just flicked a switch and work work


with those people, no doubt the people under Pat McQuaid, he is


working with a lot of the same people, so gradually he had to


change it and how worse things. You cannot just go in with an iron fist


and brawl that way. I think the direction that the UCI is going is


certainly the right to Rex on, but they will have to wait and see.


Here's a quarter of a way through his stint now, and he has got a few


more grey hairs. If that is not stress, I am not quite sure what


that is. The big thing for him, one of the big things will be when the


commission on anti-doping that he set up reports. It is not quite a


truth and reconciliation that we saw in South Africa, but that report


will be significant in his presidency. I think so, it is


something that is due in the sport. As I say, is going in the right


direction and I think that everything that Brian is doing is


for the good of the sport and he has his best intentions. No podium


finish and fortunately for Ben Swift, but he rode well. The piece


de resistance as far as the Brits go came from Bradley Wiggins.


COMMENTATOR: Sir Bradley Wiggins, can he add the world time trial


title to his vitally impressive resonate? Tony Martin going for his


fourth world title in a row. It is going to be the fastest four


seconds. Tony Martin leading the way. Bradley Wiggins is usually so


good at measuring his effort. Martin, two and a half seconds


slower than Bradley Wiggins. His back is against the wall now.


Bradley Wiggins is going to have to produce this, I think. This is going


to be the fastest time. Will it be a right to gold? Here comes Tony


Martin. He is not going to do it. Bradley Wiggins is the world


champion. What a performance from Sir Bradley


Wiggins. Hilly course, 50 kilometres per hour average. How does he do it?


The mind boggles. I was down there after the race, and we were just


waiting for an interview with Brad. And Dave Brailsford turned up, we


had a quick chat on the side, and he said yes, 50 kilometres down, and he


said the average... 50.4 guilders per hour... I will not say exactly


what he said! But it was incredible. It was an extremely measured effort,


as we would expect from Bradley, but he delivered it on the day, and


overtook Tony Martin. That was his second world title of the week that


he had lost bearing in mind that they did not retain their team time


trial to win. He was going for four in a row, Tony Martin. I guess for


Bradley, winning in the rainbow jersey was one thing, but beating


Tony Martin made it extra suite. That is the icing on the cake. The


way that Tony Martin finished, he gave everything, he was distraught.


The way that he rode out there today, firstly for Jan Degen cold


going out there on the front to try to put pressure on himself, but


obviously with the pressure of staying out here. -- John


Degenkolb. By going out there to try to get another world title, you


cannot leave that without getting the world title. In a few years he


has done that. We will talk about that in a second, but second place


here! You are very much one of the guys that people were looking at to


win this rainbow jersey. He came frustratingly close, I would


imagine. That is right. I saw the World Championship slip away from me


in the last couple of kilometres, but I am happy with the race, I did


everything I could and that the end of the day I was beaten by the


better guy. When you saw him go did you think that he would stay away? I


did not see him slipping off the front but I could see that he was


just off there going over the last climb and from there I knew it was


going to be very difficult. It was a great effort from the chasers. It


was a great effort from the chase and also some fantastic work from my


Australian team-mates. They really supported me throughout the race,


thanks very much to them. Congratulations on the silver


medal. Dave Brailsford is here as well.


I think we are on. Simon Gerrans riding well there. We can now go


back out there to Dave Brailsford. Just so you can congratulate Simon


Gerrans about the silver medal, who dares, wins, coming over the top of


that... Unfortunately... Unable to get amongst it? I thought that Ben


Swift rode a perfect race, he had to gamble, tried to come back at the


end. The team looked better this year, they did the job really well,


showing what great form he had. And I think that there is a young group


coming through, looking forward to that for years, but that can happen


often, the way that he got his team riding at the start, taking the race


on, and in the final, it was a class act and deserve it win. You will be


making a guest appearance leading the great British team on behalf of


Shane Sutton. How has it been for you, obviously seeing Bradley


Wiggins taking the rainbow jersey. That was the highlight. It has been


quite a few years in the making as well, to see him get that title was


just amazing, really. Super talent, and a super result. That was


fantastic. And for the rest of the week it has been fantastic to be


involved in the junior accommodation, the women, the under


23, seeing the youngsters through. I have really enjoyed being involved


in anything that has a union Jack on it. A number of patriotically live


on in the country, and whenever you can race for your country and try to


help out, it means a lot. It has been fun. Thank you for joining us.


Nice thoughts from Dave Brailsford. Going back to Bradley, we had this


accommodation yesterday, but Bradley and the performances he has put


together, it puts him up there with the all-time greats. It does when


you look at the list of his results and the breadth of his results on


the track at world, Olympic and Road records. The grand Tour, the Tour de


France, it is incredible, and it is one that so many riders would have


been desperate for. And basically, none of them have achieved that. It


is the sheer volume that he has not had because of the way that he has


gone about his job, picking results, and going for those, like as David


said, it has been a long time in the making. When he gets focused,


nothing much stands between him. We finished here, but do not go


anywhere. On BBC Two the sporting action continues because we have the


world Canoe slalom Championships from Maryland. And then on Tuesday


from 3pm, coverage of the world gymnastics Championship. That is


coming from China. And then we can draw your attention to this get


inspired initiative that will give you all sorts of ideas you need to


get involved with sport. Have a look at that. That is it from


Ponferrada. This has been a night that likes a good book a tonic that


has taken on the headlines, Bradley Wiggins has got a rainbow jersey to


add to his Olympic title.


Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of the men's road race from cycling's Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

Portugal's Rui Costa was crowned world champion in a rain-soaked men's race in Tuscany in 2013. Britain's 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome hopes to challenge for gold in Spain today, having failed to finish last year's race. Vincenzo Nibali, winner of the 2014 Tour de France, could also be in the hunt for gold on a hilly course, which is expected to throw up similar challenges to last year's event in Italy.

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