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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

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Champion of the World! She is the number one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hear their thoughts on this World Championship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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something and he gives it everything. You are the protected

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

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

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

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down to a sprint, I will be hopefully there.

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COMMENTARY: Awful conditions for the riders for this World Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and help someone else to take the glory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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in Copenhagen, Millar helped coordinate his country's challenge

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

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

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

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crowning achievement, it was the culmination of many years of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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something special. David Millar always very thoughtful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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be fair! We are only a few kilometres in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Simon Brotherton. COMMENTARY: Thank you, Jonathan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kvasina, Zydrunas Savickas, Carlos Quintero and Oleksandr Polivodo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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jersey is that of Carlos Quintero from Colombia and Zydrunas Savickas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:24:37.:24:40.

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

:24:41.:24:44.

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

:24:45.:24:47.

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

:24:48.:24:54.

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

:24:55.:24:57.

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

:24:58.:25:01.

British team showing their faces towards the front of the peloton

:25:02.:25:08.

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

:25:09.:25:14.

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

:25:15.:25:28.

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

:25:29.:25:31.

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

:25:32.:25:47.

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

:25:48.:25:52.

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

:25:53.:25:57.

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

:25:58.:26:02.

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

:26:03.:26:06.

long day here over 250 kilometres in the saddle.

:26:07.:26:15.

The Italians always manage to pull it together for the World

:26:16.:26:20.

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

:26:21.:26:26.

of talent in their squad with Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim

:26:27.:26:29.

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

:26:30.:26:33.

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

:26:34.:26:37.

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

:26:38.:26:46.

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

:26:47.:26:49.

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

:26:50.:26:55.

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

:26:56.:27:04.

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

:27:05.:27:09.

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

:27:10.:27:12.

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

:27:13.:27:19.

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

:27:20.:27:26.

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

:27:27.:27:36.

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

:27:37.:27:40.

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

:27:41.:27:45.

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

:27:46.:27:49.

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

:27:50.:27:54.

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

:27:55.:28:00.

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

:28:01.:28:04.

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

:28:05.:28:09.

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

:28:10.:28:14.

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

:28:15.:28:19.

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

:28:20.:28:26.

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

:28:27.:28:29.

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

:28:30.:28:34.

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

:28:35.:28:37.

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

:28:38.:28:52.

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

:28:53.:29:03.

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

:29:04.:29:06.

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

:29:07.:29:11.

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

:29:12.:29:16.

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

:29:17.:29:22.

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

:29:23.:29:28.

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

:29:29.:29:34.

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

:29:35.:29:48.

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

:29:49.:29:57.

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

:29:58.:30:01.

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

:30:02.:30:05.

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

:30:06.:30:11.

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

:30:12.:30:16.

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

:30:17.:30:20.

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

:30:21.:30:22.

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

:30:23.:30:34.

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

:30:35.:30:41.

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

:30:42.:30:47.

having been hospitalised with an infection, that certainly will not

:30:48.:30:50.

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

:30:51.:30:55.

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

:30:56.:30:59.

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

:31:00.:31:03.

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

:31:04.:31:15.

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

:31:16.:31:24.

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

:31:25.:31:29.

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

:31:30.:31:38.

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

:31:39.:31:42.

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

:31:43.:31:51.

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

:31:52.:31:56.

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

:31:57.:32:00.

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

:32:01.:32:05.

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

:32:06.:32:10.

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

:32:11.:32:14.

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

:32:15.:32:27.

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

:32:28.:32:30.

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

:32:31.:32:35.

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

:32:36.:32:38.

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

:32:39.:32:42.

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

:32:43.:32:48.

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

:32:49.:32:52.

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

:32:53.:32:57.

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

:32:58.:33:03.

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

:33:04.:33:07.

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

:33:08.:33:10.

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

:33:11.:33:15.

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

:33:16.:33:20.

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

:33:21.:33:24.

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

:33:25.:33:28.

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

:33:29.:33:32.

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

:33:33.:33:41.

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

:33:42.:33:44.

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

:33:45.:33:50.

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

:33:51.:33:54.

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

:33:55.:34:00.

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

:34:01.:34:04.

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

:34:05.:34:08.

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

:34:09.:34:11.

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

:34:12.:34:17.

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

:34:18.:34:21.

closer towards it on the climb towards Confederation.

:34:22.:34:28.

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

:34:29.:34:37.

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

:34:38.:34:42.

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

:34:43.:34:48.

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

:34:49.:34:52.

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

:34:53.:34:55.

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

:34:56.:35:00.

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

:35:01.:35:04.

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

:35:05.:35:08.

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

:35:09.:35:16.

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

:35:17.:35:20.

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

:35:21.:35:24.

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

:35:25.:35:28.

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

:35:29.:35:31.

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

:35:32.:35:37.

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

:35:38.:35:41.

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

:35:42.:35:47.

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

:35:48.:35:49.

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

:35:50.:35:55.

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

:35:56.:35:59.

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

:36:00.:36:06.

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

:36:07.:36:12.

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

:36:13.:36:17.

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

:36:18.:36:21.

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

:36:22.:36:26.

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

:36:27.:36:31.

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

:36:32.:36:40.

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

:36:41.:36:51.

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

:36:52.:36:56.

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

:36:57.:37:03.

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

:37:04.:37:12.

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

:37:13.:37:17.

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

:37:18.:37:22.

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

:37:23.:37:27.

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

:37:28.:37:31.

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

:37:32.:37:35.

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

:37:36.:37:41.

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

:37:42.:37:52.

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

:37:53.:37:58.

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

:37:59.:38:03.

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

:38:04.:38:08.

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

:38:09.:38:13.

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

:38:14.:38:22.

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

:38:23.:38:29.

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

:38:30.:38:37.

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

:38:38.:38:41.

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

:38:42.:38:56.

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

:38:57.:38:59.

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

:39:00.:39:09.

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

:39:10.:39:15.

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

:39:16.:39:20.

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

:39:21.:39:24.

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

:39:25.:39:30.

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

:39:31.:39:36.

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

:39:37.:39:41.

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

:39:42.:39:50.

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

:39:51.:39:58.

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

:39:59.:40:02.

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

:40:03.:40:09.

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

:40:10.:40:14.

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

:40:15.:40:24.

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

:40:25.:40:28.

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

:40:29.:40:35.

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

:40:36.:40:41.

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

:40:42.:40:45.

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

:40:46.:40:48.

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

:40:49.:41:00.

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

:41:01.:41:05.

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

:41:06.:41:11.

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

:41:12.:41:14.

just over six kilometres in a Championship road race. Peter

:41:15.:41:21.

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

:41:22.:41:29.

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

:41:30.:41:33.

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

:41:34.:41:37.

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

:41:38.:41:49.

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

:41:50.:41:55.

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

:41:56.:41:59.

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

:42:00.:42:04.

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

:42:05.:42:09.

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

:42:10.:42:15.

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

:42:16.:42:20.

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

:42:21.:42:23.

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

:42:24.:42:39.

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

:42:40.:42:48.

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

:42:49.:42:50.

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

:42:51.:43:08.

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

:43:09.:43:16.

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

:43:17.:43:20.

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

:43:21.:43:24.

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

:43:25.:43:31.

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

:43:32.:43:40.

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

:43:41.:43:45.

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

:43:46.:43:48.

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

:43:49.:43:58.

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

:43:59.:44:05.

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

:44:06.:44:08.

good form in the World Championships. Did not quite

:44:09.:44:11.

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

:44:12.:44:16.

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

:44:17.:44:20.

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

:44:21.:44:24.

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

:44:25.:44:33.

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

:44:34.:44:37.

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

:44:38.:44:42.

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

:44:43.:44:45.

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

:44:46.:44:50.

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

:44:51.:44:56.

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

:44:57.:45:00.

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

:45:01.:45:08.

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

:45:09.:45:11.

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

:45:12.:45:17.

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

:45:18.:45:20.

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

:45:21.:45:25.

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

:45:26.:45:31.

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

:45:32.:45:35.

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

:45:36.:45:40.

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

:45:41.:45:44.

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

:45:45.:45:50.

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

:45:51.:45:55.

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

:45:56.:45:59.

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

:46:00.:46:05.

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

:46:06.:46:11.

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

:46:12.:46:17.

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

:46:18.:46:21.

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

:46:22.:46:29.

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

:46:30.:46:34.

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

:46:35.:46:38.

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

:46:39.:46:42.

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

:46:43.:46:48.

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

:46:49.:46:53.

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

:46:54.:47:03.

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

:47:04.:47:08.

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

:47:09.:47:14.

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

:47:15.:47:19.

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

:47:20.:47:23.

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

:47:24.:47:25.

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

:47:26.:47:29.

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

:47:30.:47:35.

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

:47:36.:47:39.

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

:47:40.:47:43.

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

:47:44.:47:47.

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

:47:48.:47:51.

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

:47:52.:47:55.

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

:47:56.:48:03.

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

:48:04.:48:08.

Denmark, Edvald Boasson Hagen the Norwegian, Simon Geschke from

:48:09.:48:13.

Germany, Sep Vanmarcke, Michael Albasini, Giovanni Visconti,

:48:14.:48:16.

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

:48:17.:48:22.

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

:48:23.:48:27.

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

:48:28.:48:32.

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

:48:33.:48:36.

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

:48:37.:48:40.

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

:48:41.:48:44.

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

:48:45.:48:47.

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

:48:48.:48:52.

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

:48:53.:48:56.

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

:48:57.:49:03.

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

:49:04.:49:08.

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

:49:09.:49:14.

course pretty well, although the conditions were rather different on

:49:15.:49:18.

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

:49:19.:49:21.

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

:49:22.:49:28.

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

:49:29.:49:34.

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

:49:35.:49:40.

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

:49:41.:49:45.

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

:49:46.:49:51.

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

:49:52.:49:57.

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

:49:58.:50:03.

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

:50:04.:50:16.

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

:50:17.:50:19.

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

:50:20.:50:22.

title. Giovanni Visconti just looking behind. Peter Kennaugh for

:50:23.:50:29.

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

:50:30.:50:36.

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

:50:37.:50:41.

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

:50:42.:50:45.

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

:50:46.:50:50.

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

:50:51.:50:56.

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

:50:57.:51:01.

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

:51:02.:51:07.

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

:51:08.:51:12.

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

:51:13.:51:21.

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

:51:22.:51:26.

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

:51:27.:51:29.

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

:51:30.:51:34.

Commonwealth Games world champion is on the front.

:51:35.:51:39.

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

:51:40.:51:50.

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

:51:51.:51:54.

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

:51:55.:51:59.

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

:52:00.:52:03.

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

:52:04.:52:08.

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

:52:09.:52:11.

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

:52:12.:52:15.

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

:52:16.:52:18.

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

:52:19.:52:25.

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

:52:26.:52:29.

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

:52:30.:52:34.

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

:52:35.:52:38.

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

:52:39.:52:43.

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

:52:44.:52:48.

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

:52:49.:52:52.

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

:52:53.:52:56.

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

:52:57.:52:58.

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

:52:59.:53:06.

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

:53:07.:53:11.

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

:53:12.:53:15.

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

:53:16.:53:22.

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

:53:23.:53:25.

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

:53:26.:53:33.

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

:53:34.:53:37.

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

:53:38.:53:43.

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

:53:44.:53:52.

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

:53:53.:53:57.

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

:53:58.:54:01.

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

:54:02.:54:12.

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

:54:13.:54:16.

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

:54:17.:54:22.

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

:54:23.:54:29.

mentioned a couple of Polish riders. Stephen Cummings.

:54:30.:54:37.

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

:54:38.:54:45.

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

:54:46.:54:51.

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

:54:52.:54:55.

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

:54:56.:55:00.

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

:55:01.:55:03.

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

:55:04.:55:07.

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

:55:08.:55:11.

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

:55:12.:55:16.

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

:55:17.:55:22.

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

:55:23.:55:26.

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

:55:27.:55:31.

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

:55:32.:55:34.

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

:55:35.:55:39.

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

:55:40.:55:46.

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

:55:47.:55:51.

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

:55:52.:55:55.

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

:55:56.:56:02.

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

:56:03.:56:06.

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

:56:07.:56:11.

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

:56:12.:56:15.

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

:56:16.:56:20.

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

:56:21.:56:24.

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

:56:25.:56:30.

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

:56:31.:56:33.

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

:56:34.:56:39.

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

:56:40.:56:44.

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

:56:45.:56:48.

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

:56:49.:56:53.

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

:56:54.:57:00.

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

:57:01.:57:03.

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

:57:04.:57:08.

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

:57:09.:57:12.

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

:57:13.:57:17.

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

:57:18.:57:22.

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

:57:23.:57:26.

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

:57:27.:57:33.

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

:57:34.:57:37.

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

:57:38.:57:44.

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

:57:45.:57:49.

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

:57:50.:57:53.

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

:57:54.:57:56.

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

:57:57.:58:04.

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

:58:05.:58:08.

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

:58:09.:58:13.

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

:58:14.:58:18.

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

:58:19.:58:21.

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

:58:22.:58:27.

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

:58:28.:58:34.

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

:58:35.:58:38.

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

:58:39.:58:43.

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

:58:44.:58:48.

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

:58:49.:58:51.

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

:58:52.:58:55.

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

:58:56.:58:59.

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

:59:00.:59:03.

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

:59:04.:59:11.

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

:59:12.:59:16.

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

:59:17.:59:21.

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

:59:22.:59:24.

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

:59:25.:59:29.

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

:59:30.:59:33.

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

:59:34.:59:36.

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

:59:37.:59:41.

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

:59:42.:59:45.

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

:59:46.:59:51.

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

:59:52.:59:55.

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

:59:56.:59:59.

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

:00:00.:00:02.

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

:00:03.:00:05.

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

:00:06.:00:09.

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

:00:10.:00:16.

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

:00:17.:00:21.

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

:00:22.:00:24.

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

:00:25.:00:31.

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

:00:32.:00:42.

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

:00:43.:01:01.

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

:01:02.:01:08.

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

:01:09.:01:20.

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

:01:21.:01:28.

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

:01:29.:01:32.

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

:01:33.:01:43.

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

:01:44.:01:48.

pretty much unbeatable in time trials. But Bradley Wiggins

:01:49.:01:53.

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

:01:54.:01:58.

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

:01:59.:02:02.

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

:02:03.:02:09.

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

:02:10.:02:19.

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

:02:20.:02:24.

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

:02:25.:02:31.

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

:02:32.:02:36.

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

:02:37.:02:40.

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

:02:41.:02:45.

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

:02:46.:02:49.

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

:02:50.:02:53.

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

:02:54.:03:03.

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

:03:04.:03:06.

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

:03:07.:03:11.

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

:03:12.:03:16.

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

:03:17.:03:21.

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

:03:22.:03:26.

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

:03:27.:03:29.

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

:03:30.:03:32.

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

:03:33.:03:36.

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

:03:37.:03:42.

situations like this? Our understanding - and from their press

:03:43.:03:48.

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

:03:49.:03:52.

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

:03:53.:03:56.

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

:03:57.:04:01.

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

:04:02.:04:06.

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

:04:07.:04:11.

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

:04:12.:04:23.

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

:04:24.:04:37.

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

:04:38.:04:43.

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

:04:44.:04:56.

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

:04:57.:05:04.

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

:05:05.:05:09.

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

:05:10.:05:15.

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

:05:16.:05:21.

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

:05:22.:05:25.

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

:05:26.:05:30.

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

:05:31.:05:34.

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

:05:35.:05:42.

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

:05:43.:05:49.

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

:05:50.:05:59.

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

:06:00.:06:09.

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

:06:10.:06:14.

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

:06:15.:06:19.

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

:06:20.:06:26.

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

:06:27.:06:30.

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

:06:31.:06:33.

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

:06:34.:06:40.

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

:06:41.:06:44.

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

:06:45.:06:48.

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

:06:49.:06:53.

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

:06:54.:07:05.

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

:07:06.:07:10.

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

:07:11.:07:17.

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

:07:18.:07:23.

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

:07:24.:07:30.

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

:07:31.:07:34.

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

:07:35.:07:38.

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

:07:39.:07:41.

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

:07:42.:07:47.

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

:07:48.:07:52.

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

:07:53.:07:59.

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

:08:00.:08:05.

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

:08:06.:08:08.

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

:08:09.:08:15.

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

:08:16.:08:18.

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

:08:19.:08:23.

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

:08:24.:08:34.

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

:08:35.:08:38.

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

:08:39.:08:41.

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

:08:42.:08:46.

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

:08:47.:08:50.

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

:08:51.:08:52.

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

:08:53.:08:54.

it together. It looks as if everybody has managed

:08:55.:09:09.

to get around that right-hander at the dam.

:09:10.:09:16.

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

:09:17.:09:25.

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

:09:26.:09:29.

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

:09:30.:09:34.

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

:09:35.:09:39.

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

:09:40.:09:55.

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

:09:56.:09:56.

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

:09:57.:10:20.

and Giampaolo Caruso is at the back at the moment.

:10:21.:10:21.

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

:10:22.:10:31.

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

:10:32.:10:31.

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

:10:32.:10:35.

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

:10:36.:10:37.

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

:10:38.:10:48.

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

:10:49.:10:54.

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

:10:55.:10:58.

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

:10:59.:11:03.

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

:11:04.:11:07.

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

:11:08.:11:15.

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

:11:16.:11:20.

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

:11:21.:11:27.

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

:11:28.:11:33.

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

:11:34.:11:35.

the finish here. Just a little bit - not too

:11:36.:11:48.

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

:11:49.:11:52.

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

:11:53.:11:56.

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

:11:57.:12:02.

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

:12:03.:12:07.

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

:12:08.:12:11.

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

:12:12.:12:16.

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

:12:17.:12:21.

Michael Albasini from Switzerland in the middle, Peter Kennaugh behind

:12:22.:12:25.

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

:12:26.:12:34.

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

:12:35.:12:40.

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

:12:41.:12:52.

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

:12:53.:12:58.

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

:12:59.:13:07.

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

:13:08.:13:11.

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

:13:12.:13:22.

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

:13:23.:13:26.

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

:13:27.:13:30.

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

:13:31.:13:45.

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

:13:46.:13:52.

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

:13:53.:13:57.

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

:13:58.:14:00.

with the combination of riders that are there.

:14:01.:14:14.

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

:14:15.:14:26.

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

:14:27.:14:30.

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

:14:31.:14:34.

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

:14:35.:14:39.

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

:14:40.:14:44.

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

:14:45.:14:49.

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

:14:50.:14:53.

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

:14:54.:14:57.

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

:14:58.:15:02.

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

:15:03.:15:04.

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

:15:05.:15:09.

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

:15:10.:15:13.

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

:15:14.:15:16.

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

:15:17.:15:21.

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

:15:22.:15:26.

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

:15:27.:15:32.

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

:15:33.:15:36.

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

:15:37.:15:44.

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

:15:45.:15:52.

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

:15:53.:15:59.

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

:16:00.:16:04.

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

:16:05.:16:11.

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

:16:12.:16:21.

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

:16:22.:16:26.

him the thumbs up. They are gathering themselves and just

:16:27.:16:29.

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

:16:30.:16:33.

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

:16:34.:16:36.

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

:16:37.:16:42.

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

:16:43.:16:45.

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

:16:46.:16:52.

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

:16:53.:17:03.

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

:17:04.:17:08.

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

:17:09.:17:19.

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

:17:20.:17:25.

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

:17:26.:17:31.

trying to come across. That's Tim Wellens... He got dropped on that

:17:32.:17:38.

final climb. He is riding tempo now. As Kennaugh went over the line, it

:17:39.:17:41.

was Edvald Boasson Hagen who went with him, who is a team-mate of his

:17:42.:17:46.

at Sky. For now. Not next season. The pair of them showing their

:17:47.:17:52.

intent as France leading the way and on the front there was Romain Bardet

:17:53.:17:57.

and Warren Barguil. They lead the peloton through. The Australian team

:17:58.:18:01.

are having a bit of a breather. They have three or four in the front 12

:18:02.:18:05.

or so of the peloton as they go through.

:18:06.:18:14.

Two laps to go here now and 11 riders lead the way. And Great

:18:15.:18:22.

Britain's Peter Kennaugh is one of them and behind him in that first

:18:23.:18:27.

chase group, tucked in with Luke Rowe helping him out, Ben Swift. So,

:18:28.:18:31.

from a British point of view, this is a good position to be in? So far,

:18:32.:18:36.

so good. It is all going to plan. Whether it will be mission

:18:37.:18:39.

accompliced by the end of the day, we will have to wait and see. So

:18:40.:18:43.

far, so good. But the same goes for a lot of the other teams by the

:18:44.:18:46.

looks of it. Germany are in a good position. France seem to be in a

:18:47.:18:50.

very good position at the moment as well. Primarily because they haven't

:18:51.:18:57.

had to do much so far, the French. No, it certainly helps in a race of

:18:58.:19:01.

this length if you can keep your powder dry and wait. This is the

:19:02.:19:04.

thing with riders who don't want it to come down to a sprint finish. A

:19:05.:19:10.

sprint finish from a fairly large group like this one, they have to

:19:11.:19:14.

wait, they have to keep their powder dry and wait for that final climb.

:19:15.:19:17.

That is the time where they can afford to unleash everything that

:19:18.:19:20.

they have got left and then try and hold on down that final descent and

:19:21.:19:24.

on to the run-in into the town here and the finish in Ponferrada. Bardet

:19:25.:19:32.

was on the front of the peloton. He was fifth in Montreal ten days ago,

:19:33.:19:38.

behind Simon Gerrans. Inside the last 35K of the race. Giampaolo

:19:39.:19:53.

Caruso is on the front. The riders are still going through in dribs and

:19:54.:20:01.

drabs. Arashiro is well down on the main field, from Japan. He may roll

:20:02.:20:06.

into the pits in the next couple of minutes. 50% of the peloton are out

:20:07.:20:13.

of the race now. Luis Leon Sanchez has been dropped and so has Cadel

:20:14.:20:21.

Evans. Right. So, Sanchez was playing the team role then and doing

:20:22.:20:30.

his work, so too Cadel Evans. This is Visconti from Italy. Yeah,

:20:31.:20:36.

Visconti it is who has decided not to wait around. He wasn't happy

:20:37.:20:41.

earlier. He was trying to get the group, trying to get some impetus

:20:42.:20:45.

into that group. Come on, we need to keep this going. So he's gone off

:20:46.:20:52.

the front. It will have to be something like this for a rider like

:20:53.:20:56.

Visconti. If there were too many of them together, he doesn't have a

:20:57.:21:00.

chance. He will like this finish, but not with a group. He won't like

:21:01.:21:04.

the finish straight itself, it is pure sprint. Anybody who has got a

:21:05.:21:08.

half-decent sprint, they will have the strength and the speed over

:21:09.:21:12.

anybody else. It is not a technical last few hundred metres by any

:21:13.:21:17.

means. It is that run-in to it that is where Visconti will shine. He

:21:18.:21:25.

will really enjoy that. Not dissimilar to a Rui Costa-type rider

:21:26.:21:30.

who won last year, Visconti. Got second on a stage in the Tour de

:21:31.:21:36.

France this year. Anxiously looking behind there, a long way to go in

:21:37.:21:45.

this race. 221.7 kilometres under their wheels already. Visconti up by

:21:46.:21:52.

the castle, the focal point of the route here in Ponferrada. It's a

:21:53.:21:57.

slender lead. Interesting to see the Host Nation

:21:58.:22:15.

represented by Daniel Navarro. That was on a stage of the Tour of Spain

:22:16.:22:23.

this year. Ninth overall in the Tour de France last year. Yet another

:22:24.:22:26.

rider of the highest quality in the leading group here. We not long saw

:22:27.:22:31.

Fabian Cancellara's name pop through on the time check, just behind his

:22:32.:22:39.

team-mate, let's not forget he still has Michael Albasini up in the front

:22:40.:22:44.

group here. This group are coming around the bend now. So the Swiss

:22:45.:22:47.

only started with three, but they are still all there. They are in a

:22:48.:22:53.

very good position. We have Visconti at the front and then the lead is

:22:54.:22:57.

eight seconds back to 11 others and 20 seconds is the peloton. There are

:22:58.:23:01.

still a lot of riders who are very much in the hunt for this world

:23:02.:23:06.

title. As we see, riding past our window, Simon Yates. So, Simon Yates

:23:07.:23:11.

is looking for the bus! He is about to retire from the race. Well, what

:23:12.:23:20.

an end to the season, a ride in the GB squad at the World Championships.

:23:21.:23:23.

First year professional, those two brothers.

:23:24.:23:31.

Here we are, back with Peter Kennaugh, leading the chase. I think

:23:32.:23:39.

it looks like he's attacked off the front of that group, trying to go

:23:40.:23:43.

across. He will be growing frustrated with the others looking

:23:44.:23:46.

at each other and the peloton getting closer. There they are, that

:23:47.:23:54.

is the reason why. Doomed, as they say, that move. But in doing what

:23:55.:24:03.

it's done, it's created a lot of pressure on the peloton behind. It's

:24:04.:24:06.

brought out the Australians, they had to do a lot of work. Now, the

:24:07.:24:14.

French. GB jersies are still there. Swifty in an extremely good

:24:15.:24:17.

position. He's got a team-mate with him. And a team-mate out front.

:24:18.:24:23.

Visconti, the last time we heard, was six seconds ahead of Peter

:24:24.:24:27.

Kennaugh. I get the impression Kennaugh might be closing in the way

:24:28.:24:32.

Visconti keeps looking behind. Mind you, he could probably do with a

:24:33.:24:39.

hand. We should see him... There he is. Like a dog with a bone! He is a

:24:40.:24:46.

real racer, Kennaugh. He is an animator. He does take it by the

:24:47.:24:50.

scruff of the neck, all-or-nothing with Pete. He does, when he is on

:24:51.:24:57.

his day, as we saw in the Commonwealth Games this year, he

:24:58.:25:03.

likes to have a go. He was frustrated, I think - we know he was

:25:04.:25:08.

- not getting picked for the Tour de France team for Sky this year. He

:25:09.:25:12.

did a great job last year when Chris Froome won. Instead, he won the Tour

:25:13.:25:18.

of Austria instead. That is a tough race as well, the Tour of Austria.

:25:19.:25:22.

Back at the peloton, it is all starting to light up there. Riders

:25:23.:25:31.

are trying to go off the front. We can see 12 seconds the gap. A little

:25:32.:25:36.

splinter group coming off the front of the peloton. Is that Albasini

:25:37.:25:42.

again on the front? Just can't see clearly. It did look like a Swiss

:25:43.:25:46.

rider. It looked like there was a Spaniard there as well. These two

:25:47.:25:51.

can see them coming across. A long straight road. Pete just talking to

:25:52.:25:59.

Pete Smith on the side of the road. He didn't want feeding that lap, he

:26:00.:26:05.

said, "Next lap!" The early slopes of Confederacion now.

:26:06.:26:10.

They are starting to split up again, as we saw on a previous lap. Maybe

:26:11.:26:16.

we will get a better look here. It as we saw on a previous lap. Maybe

:26:17.:26:23.

looks like Albasini on the front, just looking over the shoulder, the

:26:24.:26:28.

Swiss rider. Where is Fabian Cancellara? Where are you? France,

:26:29.:26:32.

Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Spain represented there. And the rider on

:26:33.:26:39.

the left-hand side of your picture is Luke Rowe and he's done some

:26:40.:26:43.

sterling work, up to the front during the race and also down there

:26:44.:26:47.

towards the back. That is Cadel Evans on the left-hand side with the

:26:48.:26:53.

green and gold. The front of the race, Visconti and Kennaugh. And the

:26:54.:26:57.

rider from the Isle of Man dangling off the front of the peloton here

:26:58.:27:02.

with the Italian. Nobody wanting to take the chase up on the peloton.

:27:03.:27:06.

You can see them zig-zaging across from left to right on the road. One

:27:07.:27:11.

rider takes it up and swings over, hoping someone else comes through

:27:12.:27:18.

straightaway, but they don't. Not too much panic. Still 30 kilometres

:27:19.:27:21.

to go. Tony Martin has been spat out the

:27:22.:27:31.

back of the peloton. Not too long after having been at the front of

:27:32.:27:34.

the race. That was a big effort that he put in. Daniel Navarro going out

:27:35.:27:43.

the back of the peloton. A few riders going past our window still

:27:44.:27:51.

here, including Geoffrey Soupe of France. All of the big teams have

:27:52.:27:56.

started to lose riders. It is unsurprising. It is not too much

:27:57.:28:00.

panic in teams who are down on riders. We saw a lot of the Polish

:28:01.:28:09.

riders earlier with Kwiatkowski, but a lap before he still had two

:28:10.:28:13.

team-mates with him. If the race carries on like this, it will be an

:28:14.:28:18.

almighty scrap on the short climb up to Mirador. Another attack goes. Is

:28:19.:28:22.

this one of the French riderses, possibly? -- French riders,

:28:23.:28:32.

possibly? Yes, one of the Italians coming across with him. Not sure if

:28:33.:28:36.

it is still raining up the top, or if it is just where the roads are so

:28:37.:28:49.

wet. A bit more action. It is Alessandro De Marchi who is on the

:28:50.:28:57.

front. He is in really good form. Attacks now coming thick and fast.

:28:58.:29:02.

Looks like Albasini in the middle of that group there. He is still going

:29:03.:29:08.

off the front. There's a Colombian rider trying to get involved up at

:29:09.:29:15.

the front as well. That's definitely De Marchi on the front of the race.

:29:16.:29:21.

The rider with the bright helmet. They are stringing this peloton out.

:29:22.:29:24.

The gaps are all starting to open up. Among those towards the back is

:29:25.:29:39.

Damiano Caruso and 125, the Slovenian, Fajt. Does he want

:29:40.:29:43.

feeding? Or does he want some information? What is going on at the

:29:44.:29:44.

front of the race? Daniel Navarro was at the back of

:29:45.:30:01.

the peloton, there he is. You can see how far, how money vehicles he

:30:02.:30:06.

has got to get up there to fight all the way back. Meanwhile, he has got

:30:07.:30:11.

a couple of team-mates, two or three team-mates trying to go across to

:30:12.:30:15.

the front group. Extremely well represented, Spain, at the moment.

:30:16.:30:21.

Mind you, they were last year, and look what they did with it. Gautier

:30:22.:30:27.

of France, we have seen him attacking simony times in the Tour

:30:28.:30:30.

de France over the last couple of years, and he is in second place at

:30:31.:30:35.

the moment. And the other rider from Denmark, I think it is Anderson.

:30:36.:30:41.

Michael Anderson. Here at the front of the race. It is a little

:30:42.:30:45.

three-man group. We can see how they fare. He wants the others to do a

:30:46.:30:49.

turn, and Gautier does not normally need asking twice. It is his

:30:50.:30:54.

speciality getting stuck in at the front of the race. Trying to break

:30:55.:31:00.

away. He of course is not one of the main... Not one of the big guns in

:31:01.:31:06.

the French team. But they do have a strong team here this year, but it

:31:07.:31:12.

looks like... At least up to one lap, it was all about Nacer

:31:13.:31:16.

Bouhanni. What have they got left after the Tour de France? We have

:31:17.:31:26.

not mentioned Tony Gallopin, stage winner in the Tour de France, he has

:31:27.:31:29.

had a good year and he is worth keeping an eye on.

:31:30.:31:38.

Constant activity on the front here now. Suddenly the Spanish team

:31:39.:31:50.

moving to the fore. Michael Albasini are still with them. There is

:31:51.:31:59.

Anderson, followed by OTA. -- followed by Gautier. They are trying

:32:00.:32:05.

to set it up for the team-mates at the moment, but the pressure on the

:32:06.:32:09.

riders behind, the teams behind. Michael Albasini, still riding so

:32:10.:32:17.

strong at the moment was seven. He has been an absolutely everything.

:32:18.:32:28.

Izaguirre it's there with him for Spain. Alejandro Valverde was well

:32:29.:32:33.

fancied for this one, twice a silver-medallist and three times a

:32:34.:32:41.

bronze-medallist in the world road race over the years. Here is the

:32:42.:32:47.

last intersection of the first climb that they are getting too. You can

:32:48.:32:51.

see there is a little bit of a carrot ahead, three riders just

:32:52.:33:00.

trying to jump across. It is constantly going to spin to. Gautier

:33:01.:33:05.

just about hanging in there. The pressure is being put on by

:33:06.:33:06.

Anderson. Away from the crowds, through the

:33:07.:33:17.

trees. Weekly wooded, this part of the course.

:33:18.:33:24.

Vincenzo Nibali has been dropped by the peloton. The winner of the Tour

:33:25.:33:31.

de France, he has been dropped by the peloton. That is one of many

:33:32.:33:35.

that we can cross off our list as favourite today. Did not come here

:33:36.:33:40.

in great form, having fallen off. The last week or so. Then going down

:33:41.:33:48.

again on the first lap. Mind you, he crashed with just over one lap to go

:33:49.:33:51.

in Florence and managed to finishing fourth place.

:33:52.:34:03.

The gap is just opening up a little bit as its printers behind, as you

:34:04.:34:08.

can see, but still a lot of riders in the hunt. This is still quite a

:34:09.:34:20.

big group, 25.7 kilometres to go. Still a lot of riders in this, an

:34:21.:34:24.

awful lot that can take the victory here today. Heading towards the dam,

:34:25.:34:32.

the right-hander. This is the front of the race.

:34:33.:34:47.

Anderson is now doing his turn for Denmark.

:34:48.:34:55.

There is the chasing peloton. Not that far behind. Gingerly making

:34:56.:35:04.

their way around, now is not the time to go down, it really is not.

:35:05.:35:10.

You can see a couple of riders, handful the back of the peloton,

:35:11.:35:14.

making their way back. We have got another attack coming out of the

:35:15.:35:20.

tunnel. 18 seconds back, the peloton. Launching themselves off

:35:21.:35:21.

the front, two more. To do with moving in an bit closer

:35:22.:35:43.

to see what those chasers were. Absolutely impossible from that sort

:35:44.:35:46.

of distance. Here is the leading trio. Wonder how much longer they

:35:47.:35:52.

will be out in front. They are on one of the steepest sections now. No

:35:53.:36:05.

word coming through on the chase, as we see Peter Kennaugh on the

:36:06.:36:08.

left-hand side of your picture. Number 39, just in front. He will be

:36:09.:36:17.

with sky next year. I think so. Just alongside him, number three, from

:36:18.:36:29.

Portugal, Thiago Silva. For Belgians on the front, all of them up there.

:36:30.:36:33.

It looks like they have got themselves together this year.

:36:34.:36:43.

I also noticed towards the front of the peloton, it looked like Fabian

:36:44.:36:52.

Cancellara is not that far behind. As well as the Belgians lining up, I

:36:53.:36:57.

think that Fabian Cancellara is there on the left-hand side of the

:36:58.:37:01.

road. There he is, third in on the left-hand side. Yes, on the front,

:37:02.:37:11.

just coming through now. Alejandro Valverde is on the front. It looks

:37:12.:37:18.

like it is Alejandro Valverde. It is Alejandro Valverde, quite right.

:37:19.:37:21.

Alejandro Valverde. So, a lot of the main players, all

:37:22.:37:35.

of them there, all within a shout. This is going to be so interesting.

:37:36.:37:41.

So many of the Spaniard still there. Meanwhile, others just looking over

:37:42.:37:43.

their shoulder to check where they are, how far over the front of the

:37:44.:37:54.

peloton. He is such a strong rider. Her legs will be so tired, the fatty

:37:55.:37:59.

will really be settling in. Just missed out on a medal, fourth in the

:38:00.:38:06.

time trial. So close but yet so far. A couple of stage wins in Italy over

:38:07.:38:10.

the years, a great team rider he has been for the likes of Chris Froome

:38:11.:38:17.

and Bradley Wiggins. Over the last couple of years there at Team Sky.

:38:18.:38:23.

Spain sending a rider off the front. Strength in numbers, they have got

:38:24.:38:28.

an awful lot left in the peloton. Italy going on the chase as well.

:38:29.:38:36.

This is where you have got to go for it, this is where you have got to

:38:37.:38:40.

launch it. He knows that the attack is doomed. Anderson is still working

:38:41.:38:45.

hard. Gautier is at the back of the three, the Frenchman. It is hurting

:38:46.:38:50.

now, they have been racing for nearly six hours. Over the summit.

:38:51.:38:57.

Just under 23 kilometres to go. Steam-roll ring down the road,

:38:58.:39:04.

chasing them down. It looks like Michael Albasini again trying to

:39:05.:39:05.

come across. There is Michael Albasini on the

:39:06.:39:24.

right. I wonder if that might be Sep Vanmarcke again up towards the front

:39:25.:39:32.

for Belgium. Spain really coming to the fore. It is Sep Vanmarcke. Clark

:39:33.:39:46.

is up there for Australia as well. Warren Barguil of France as well.

:39:47.:39:51.

Ben Swift is well positioned and looking good. Nacer Bouhanni is

:39:52.:39:56.

there. Let's be honest, a lot of people still there this stage of a

:39:57.:40:02.

world road race. This is the front. For the time being. Michael

:40:03.:40:06.

Anderson, For the time being. Michael

:40:07.:40:11.

Anderson, -- Gautier. Daniel Moreno is there

:40:12.:40:22.

about 45 back, Simon Clark from Australia as well. Warren Barguil,

:40:23.:40:29.

Jan Bakelants leading the front of the peloton. Ben Swift is there.

:40:30.:40:33.

Alejandro Valverde and Rui Costa all up there around about Ben Swift. And

:40:34.:40:37.

right on his wheel, Fabian Cancellara. Peter Kennaugh is there,

:40:38.:40:46.

Philippe Gilbert, Tom Boonen. All of the favourites coming to the fore.

:40:47.:40:49.

As you would expect, the World Championships. What a final that we

:40:50.:40:54.

have in store. Alexander Kristoff is still there. We cannot forget him,

:40:55.:40:59.

we have not mentioned him, but he had a team-mate up their earlier on,

:41:00.:41:03.

Edvald Boasson Hagen putting pressure on everybody. Alexander

:41:04.:41:08.

Kristoff. Roach of Ireland is still there as well. For those that watch

:41:09.:41:13.

the Tour of Britain, there are still a few riders left from that, stage

:41:14.:41:17.

winners, up there with the leaders of this group. Sonny Colbrelli from

:41:18.:41:21.

Italy. We were talking about him earlier. Two kilometres to the end

:41:22.:41:28.

of this lap. And then there will be one lap to go in the race forward

:41:29.:41:36.

Championship gold. This really is setting up to be an incredible final

:41:37.:41:40.

lap here at the World Championships. So many riders still in so many

:41:41.:41:54.

teams with options. It is so open. Into Ponferrada they come for the

:41:55.:42:03.

ultimate time. The leading riders, as you can see, just over three

:42:04.:42:08.

quarters of a minute clear, you can see that they are eight seconds

:42:09.:42:09.

behind the leading three. The peloton is hurtling down towards

:42:10.:42:21.

the bottom of the roundabout at the bottom. You can see there are dry

:42:22.:42:29.

spots on the road, but also a lot of damp spots, that is quite difficult

:42:30.:42:34.

for the riders to negotiate. One minute you know that you can put the

:42:35.:42:38.

bike over because it is dry, but then if you hit a wet patch, you

:42:39.:42:43.

have two be vigilant. Meanwhile, still desperately trying to get up

:42:44.:42:47.

to those riders up ahead. I think that if they want to stay away for a

:42:48.:42:51.

little bit longer, it would be in their interest to have others with

:42:52.:42:55.

him, surely. It certainly would, I would imagine they would spend the

:42:56.:42:59.

next minute or so in the wheels of the riders, just trying to recover

:43:00.:43:02.

as best they can, get that second wind and then certainly the

:43:03.:43:08.

Belarussian, if they have anything left, they will go over that. He did

:43:09.:43:13.

well in the time trial, nearly got a medal, not quite. Just urging those

:43:14.:43:19.

other riders to get going. All business here, Alessandro DeMar from

:43:20.:43:27.

Italy. Just that hint of a breather as they waited. Here we go, it is

:43:28.:43:31.

the bell. The World Championship road race. One lap to go. We know

:43:32.:43:41.

that six hours in the saddle already. So many riders will still

:43:42.:43:45.

be fancying that gold medal. The rainbow jersey could be there is.

:43:46.:43:51.

Sep Vanmarcke for Belgium. Simon Clark is up there with him as well,

:43:52.:43:56.

the Australian. This is a rider that nobody was talking about. He has got

:43:57.:44:00.

a decent pedigree, he has won in the Tour in the past. Tom Boonen just

:44:01.:44:04.

off his handlebars, the Belgian rider. Tom Boonen has won the world

:44:05.:44:11.

title before, he has won so many big races time and time again. This is a

:44:12.:44:18.

big group. How big is this going to be? The next three quarters of a

:44:19.:44:24.

lap. That is where we will get a better picture of who is likely to

:44:25.:44:28.

be crossing the line first here when it starts to split up. No doubt it

:44:29.:44:33.

will split up. We will have two C attacks because there is an awful

:44:34.:44:37.

lot of riders in this group that will not want it to come down to a

:44:38.:44:40.

sprint finish. Ben Swift is in there. He is near Fabian Cancellara.

:44:41.:44:47.

The front third of the group. Still in with a shout, Ben Swift.

:44:48.:44:54.

Back at the front of the race. Settling in now with his new

:44:55.:45:02.

companions. Daniel Martin just going past our window. Dan Martin for

:45:03.:45:10.

Island, just going through. Roach is the only one still in there for

:45:11.:45:15.

island. I think he was still in that league group not so long ago in the

:45:16.:45:17.

main peloton. Actually just coming down a little

:45:18.:45:43.

bit, the gap is about 40 seconds now from those for riders back to the

:45:44.:45:51.

peloton. They cannot afford to hang around. They need to try to keep

:45:52.:45:57.

this a roundabout this kind of distance. That is if they have got

:45:58.:46:02.

anything left in the tank on the climb. Will they be able to hold

:46:03.:46:12.

on? Possibly not, these for riders, certainly enough back in the peloton

:46:13.:46:18.

that are willing to work. It will end up in a big sprint for the line

:46:19.:46:22.

at the end. Will somebody have the confidence and the guts to punch it

:46:23.:46:28.

and take it away on the line on the last lap to win on their own? Who

:46:29.:46:33.

has got the confidence to try it? We have seen it in the under 23 race,

:46:34.:46:38.

somebody going clear and holding on. Other than that, it had been group

:46:39.:46:46.

finishes. They hang on just about by their fingernails with a plaque

:46:47.:46:51.

bearing down on them. The Belarussian just peeling off having

:46:52.:46:57.

done his turn. Gautier from France on the back. Anderson from Denmark.

:46:58.:47:01.

And at the front, De Marchi from Italy. He was the instigator of the

:47:02.:47:07.

move, and he is seemingly acting as the captain of the ship among the

:47:08.:47:14.

four of them. Just keeping momentum, keeping it going, keeping pressure

:47:15.:47:17.

for these riders here. The three riders up near the front. Michael

:47:18.:47:26.

Albasini still for Switzerland. Goodness me, he has got through some

:47:27.:47:30.

work today, Michael Albasini. Here he is once more. Phenomenal ride

:47:31.:47:41.

from him. I think that Alejandro Valverde is feeling good, he has got

:47:42.:47:44.

a couple of team-mate up there with him. Team-mates throughout the year.

:47:45.:47:51.

Up towards the castle for the last time. This is it, the final time he

:47:52.:47:55.

will have two do this climb. Just a sharp little entrance, and then it

:47:56.:48:02.

levels off a little bit, taking up, turning right, and then this long

:48:03.:48:09.

drag. Everybody will be in sight. Certainly more than 40 seconds to be

:48:10.:48:11.

out of sight of the peloton. They seem to be working reasonably

:48:12.:48:23.

well, these four. There is always a sign that the pressure is on. They

:48:24.:48:27.

are strung out like that. Single file. The race has been on for a

:48:28.:48:34.

couple of laps. It stops and starts in the peloton as they regroup and

:48:35.:48:41.

let some groups go clear. Right now, certainly. It is Michael Albasini,

:48:42.:48:52.

Alessandro Valverde is right there, Simon Clark, Rui Costa, what about a

:48:53.:48:58.

repeat for him in the defence of his world title? Fabian Cancellara, Sep

:48:59.:49:00.

Vanmarcke is up there. John Degenkolb, Gilbert, Warren Barguil,

:49:01.:49:07.

Daryl Impey, we should not forget the South African as an outsider.

:49:08.:49:13.

Fabio Aru. And Vincenzo Nibali has got back on. We were told he had

:49:14.:49:17.

been dropped, but he is the thick of things with Sonny Colbrelli on his

:49:18.:49:21.

wheel. They are the first 30 in the main group. Ben Swift is still there

:49:22.:49:25.

for Great Britain. Just behind Vincenzo Nibali and Sonny Colbrelli.

:49:26.:49:30.

Alexander Kristoff as well. Simon Gerrans from Australia. Nacer

:49:31.:49:38.

Bouhanni from France. Most of the favoured riders still in the main

:49:39.:49:44.

group. Roach is in the middle of the penitent, just in front of Greg Van

:49:45.:49:48.

Avermaet. 28 seconds. The leaders down, no surprise. This is a sharp

:49:49.:49:57.

section, it will now turn right. It just levels off a little bit, and

:49:58.:50:00.

then they hit the first that long drag. They will be well with insight

:50:01.:50:10.

any minute. That is one of the problems in that line, it is so

:50:11.:50:15.

open. The weather, the wind, at least, had not played too

:50:16.:50:18.

open. The weather, the wind, at part because it is open on the

:50:19.:50:21.

right-hand side. It had predominantly been that tailwind for

:50:22.:50:26.

most of the week, but it would have played a part if that would have

:50:27.:50:30.

turned. Hitting them in the face, it would have slowed it down, would

:50:31.:50:34.

have helped the sprinters to stay in there, would have slowed everything

:50:35.:50:37.

down as it is without much wind while the sprinters do not seem to

:50:38.:50:44.

have had too much problem up to now. On the front, Michael Albasini has

:50:45.:50:48.

been absolutely burying himself on behalf of his compatriot, Fabian

:50:49.:50:54.

Cancellara. The Italians gather once again. They have still got cards to

:50:55.:50:59.

play. They are by no means the only ones here. And Alejandro Valverde, I

:51:00.:51:03.

wonder what is going through his mind having been so close so many

:51:04.:51:07.

times. This could be his one final really good chance. Yes, Alejandro

:51:08.:51:13.

Valverde is certainly in the form to do it. He likes the course. He was

:51:14.:51:18.

second here on the national Championship where they ran this

:51:19.:51:26.

course. He knows it well. They keep going out the back of the main

:51:27.:51:36.

peloton. You do get this when you get on the hard section of the

:51:37.:51:40.

course, you go off the back, and find your legs again. Working

:51:41.:51:46.

yourself back to the peloton. It is difficult, once you get into that

:51:47.:51:52.

situation, you do come off the back. Daniel Caruso coming of the back of

:51:53.:52:02.

the peloton. Really dragging the peloton at this climb of

:52:03.:52:09.

Confederation for the last time. Probably more renowned for his

:52:10.:52:16.

results against the watch than on the road. John Degenkolb is still

:52:17.:52:19.

hanging in there near the front. Yes, I think it looks like that John

:52:20.:52:25.

Degenkolb will be bringing it up. Alejandro Valverde on the left-hand

:52:26.:52:28.

side of your picture in the yellow and red with the lime green on the

:52:29.:52:36.

helmet. Roach on the left-hand side of the screen. He has done well to

:52:37.:52:42.

drag himself to walk to the front of the peloton here. John Degenkolb in

:52:43.:52:44.

the middle of the shot, really getting his teeth. Alejandro

:52:45.:52:50.

Valverde watching everything with an eagle eye. Well positioned in the

:52:51.:52:54.

first half dozen, determined not to let an opportunity like this slip

:52:55.:52:55.

away. They can do no more, Alejandro

:52:56.:53:05.

Valverde is taking up the pace. Just looking back to see if Ben

:53:06.:53:18.

Swift is still up there. Fabian Cancellara is up there. Tom Boonen

:53:19.:53:24.

is there. That might be Ben Swift on the right-hand side of the road,

:53:25.:53:28.

about 15 riders back. A great ride by him, he can put his feet up.

:53:29.:53:43.

Back with the leaders, have not seen them for a little while, with

:53:44.:54:00.

Belarus. This really is where the rate is being played out in behind.

:54:01.:54:22.

Do not think he has got anybody left with him to help now.

:54:23.:54:32.

Still a big group here. The Spanish making the pace. Swift looks pretty

:54:33.:54:41.

good. Considering how long he has been riding. I have two say, I have

:54:42.:54:46.

only seen him with his teeth gritted once, that was on the previous lap.

:54:47.:54:52.

This is the point trying to make earlier on, this is more of a drag.

:54:53.:54:59.

It sets up the legs with fatty, and then you descend down, and you have

:55:00.:55:04.

got the twisty turns, you have got the right hand onto that, into the

:55:05.:55:07.

tunnel, and then within a few hundred metres that is where you

:55:08.:55:12.

have got the second climb on the circuit. That is a little bit

:55:13.:55:16.

steep, 10% at the start and the finish. That is a launch pad, where

:55:17.:55:21.

the sprinters will really start to struggle if they do. John Degenkolb,

:55:22.:55:24.

we have seen him with his teeth gritted, really trying to hang

:55:25.:55:28.

himself in there. If he is hanging in on this part of the climb, we

:55:29.:55:33.

might well see depending on how the race develops and how many attacks

:55:34.:55:36.

we see, he could very well lose contact. This is the Spanish rider

:55:37.:55:42.

upfront at the moment, he finished sixth in the recent Tour of Britain.

:55:43.:55:47.

Fifth on the stage into Bristol. Here is the chasing peloton digging

:55:48.:55:56.

in at the back. Number 141 at the back. Winner of two stages on in the

:55:57.:56:02.

UK this month. And number 39 from the Netherlands. Certainly a rider,

:56:03.:56:10.

if he has got anything and can go clear, if he can launch himself, he

:56:11.:56:14.

could time trial his way in and put people under pressure. I think he is

:56:15.:56:21.

hanging on! He is hanging on, but what a back end to the year he has

:56:22.:56:25.

had. Will certainly be keeping an eye on him. Just 24. So often we see

:56:26.:56:33.

him tapping along at pace on the front of the peloton, dishing out

:56:34.:56:38.

some discomfort to everybody else behind him. Here he is on the front

:56:39.:56:42.

of the race. On the last lap, the Men's Elite Road Race. The right to

:56:43.:56:47.

wear the rainbow jersey on the road for the next year. That is at stake

:56:48.:56:52.

here, to succeed Rui Costa of Portugal who won in Florence, this

:56:53.:56:56.

time last year. Spanish riders, bit by bit, doing

:56:57.:57:06.

their job for Alejandro Valverde, trying to put him in the best

:57:07.:57:09.

possible position to put him in the opportunity to win. Joaquim

:57:10.:57:13.

Rodriguez in that team as well. All three of the Norwegian riders,

:57:14.:57:36.

Edvald Boasson Hagen, and others. They have ridden strongly and given

:57:37.:57:40.

themselves a chance, Norway, in the first 20 of the peloton!

:57:41.:57:51.

Italy still looking in good shape here Rob! Just looking down, the

:57:52.:57:58.

Portuguese still strong. Rui Costa is there with two other team-mates.

:57:59.:58:04.

Olivero as well. Whatever happened last year, we did not see him the

:58:05.:58:09.

whole race, and then when it counted... Could it be the same this

:58:10.:58:16.

year? He said how much he had enjoyed riding this year in the

:58:17.:58:20.

rainbow jersey, the previous 12 months, so he will not want to lose

:58:21.:58:25.

it. Anything he can do to get that jersey back on his shoulders he will

:58:26.:58:30.

be doing. So many other riders in that position as well. They

:58:31.:58:34.

desperately want this. It is all or nothing for the Belgian squad. They

:58:35.:58:39.

are all up there, there is a good five riders, but which one are they

:58:40.:58:46.

working for? They have got such strength, the Belgian team. You have

:58:47.:58:52.

to say, if it comes down to this group, Tim Boon and will be the

:58:53.:58:54.

number one rider! -- Tim Tom Boonen. It is perfect for

:58:55.:59:05.

Gilbert, it is a launch pad that he will enjoy. If he has got anything

:59:06.:59:12.

left in the tank, he will be there. Christopher Jensen of Denmark, he

:59:13.:59:15.

was in the early break with peloton among others, he has been dropped

:59:16.:59:21.

from the peloton now. There is a few riders just asking to go out the

:59:22.:59:26.

back. The pressure is utterly relentless here. A war of attrition.

:59:27.:59:32.

But there are still so many of them. Italy still so well represented,

:59:33.:59:42.

Italy! A little stretch for De Marchi, at the front, in the old

:59:43.:59:48.

blue. The rider at the back is Gauthier of France. In front of him

:59:49.:59:51.

in the red from Denmark it is Michael Anderson. And the

:59:52.:59:54.

Belarussian at the front. He is keen to know what the distance

:59:55.:00:05.

is. Not much! Not a lot. And getting less all the time. Still with a

:00:06.:00:09.

climb to go. It is not all downhill just yet.

:00:10.:00:21.

This is the swift descent that takes them towards the dam. Let's hope

:00:22.:00:29.

that everyone manages to stay upright here.

:00:30.:00:33.

There is always that temptation to push it that extra little bit when

:00:34.:00:40.

there's so much at stake. You lose concentration a bit and overegg it a

:00:41.:00:47.

touch. It doesn't take much at all on these tyres in these conditions.

:00:48.:00:52.

If you crank it over too much, you are gone. That's race over. It is

:00:53.:00:56.

coming down all the time. A second or so on the descent. The

:00:57.:01:15.

peloton are making that same turn. Kwiatkowski he is there. Has he gone

:01:16.:01:21.

a little bit too early? We know he's got the legs. He's ran out of

:01:22.:01:27.

team-mates now. They did so much work early on, but Kwiatkowski is

:01:28.:01:33.

making a move, the first of the real favourites. He does not want to be

:01:34.:01:39.

sprinting it out with Swift, with Kristoff, with Boonen.

:01:40.:01:47.

He's got these riders here. Here he is. He caught them pretty quickly.

:01:48.:01:52.

There was only seven or eight seconds between the chasing group

:01:53.:01:59.

and these riders at the front. What does Kwiatkowski do here? He may

:02:00.:02:04.

well just sit there for a few revs more and then attack. You can see

:02:05.:02:08.

there are so many riders fighting behind. If it was a smaller group

:02:09.:02:14.

behind with individual riders, you would probably chance it a bit. With

:02:15.:02:18.

so many riders with team-mates willing to force on the front, it is

:02:19.:02:23.

difficult. He's got himself into a difficult position. He is not out of

:02:24.:02:27.

sight. He is not out of mind. He is there, dangling off the front of

:02:28.:02:31.

them. He's given himself a slight advantage, potentially. If he can be

:02:32.:02:35.

ahead when they go up Mirador... Here we go. That could make the

:02:36.:02:40.

difference. He cannot afford to wait now. It is a short climb. There

:02:41.:02:43.

isn't much time. You can't gain much ground no matter how hard you

:02:44.:02:47.

accelerate, maybe that is why he's decided to go earlier. It is a good

:02:48.:02:52.

move. It is turning into an extremely good move. He has Andersen

:02:53.:02:56.

with him. He will need some help, I think. I'm not sure how long he will

:02:57.:03:06.

have Andersen with him. Michal Kwiatkowski strikes out for victory.

:03:07.:03:09.

They don't seem to have the firepower to bring it back. Spain

:03:10.:03:13.

are desperately trying. This looks now like a good move because let's

:03:14.:03:24.

not forget, a lot of the run-to -- run-in to the finish is downhill.

:03:25.:03:28.

This is his big effort. This is his bid for victory. As you can see,

:03:29.:03:32.

just over five kilometres to go here. He's on the last real

:03:33.:03:39.

difficulty of the circuit now, this fairly short climb up to Mirador,

:03:40.:03:45.

10%, the first couple of hundred metres, 10% near the top as well,

:03:46.:03:48.

not long before they go over the summit. This is where people have to

:03:49.:03:51.

make their move if they are going to attack. There are so many riders

:03:52.:03:55.

left in this who are all looking at each other. This rider up front from

:03:56.:04:04.

Poland, we know he's got the legs and now we see Spain. Joaquim

:04:05.:04:09.

Rodriguez is leading the chase! I'm sure that is not Valverde. No, it's

:04:10.:04:14.

not. Rodriguez is on the attack for Spain. Belgium going as well. Riders

:04:15.:04:20.

know this is where they have to make their move and then try and hang on.

:04:21.:04:27.

De Marchi and Andersen are left behind by those at the front.

:04:28.:04:31.

Australia is going as well. Spain are still strong. They have got the

:04:32.:04:35.

numbers. Have they got the distance left to bring back a rider like

:04:36.:04:42.

Kwiatkowski. Technically he is good. Is it Gilbert for Belgium? It is

:04:43.:04:48.

Philippe Gilbert for Belgium. Look at the effort now. Gerrans.

:04:49.:04:56.

Kwiatkowski leads the way. Nearly six-and-a-half hours they have been

:04:57.:04:59.

racing. Valverde is next to him. Rodriguez made the initial effort.

:05:00.:05:04.

He is being left behind. Valverde leads the chase. Gerrans is there

:05:05.:05:15.

for Australia. Gilbert, Rui Costa, Nacer Bouhanni, a lot of the riders

:05:16.:05:20.

are still in there. Where's Ben Swift? We didn't see him. Boonen was

:05:21.:05:25.

getting distanced. We knew it was going to come down to this final

:05:26.:05:31.

climb and all on this descent. He cannot afford now, with four

:05:32.:05:36.

kilometres to go, a lot of it is downhill, he cannot afford it - I

:05:37.:05:40.

think Ben Swift has been dropped. His race, that's it. His chance for

:05:41.:05:45.

a medal has gone. Here's Philippe Gilbert now in the blue of Belgium.

:05:46.:05:47.

Leading the chase here. Valverde is in there behind him.

:05:48.:05:59.

These riders, they are looking at each other now. Who is going to take

:06:00.:06:05.

up the chase? Belgium have got the numbers, they have got two here.

:06:06.:06:11.

They can afford to lose one rider. This rider up front, he has nothing

:06:12.:06:14.

to lose, he is giving it everything, burying himself in these last few

:06:15.:06:27.

kilometres. It's Michal Kwiatkowski looking for every advantage he can

:06:28.:06:30.

get. Don't look back. He is trying to stay as small as possible, trying

:06:31.:06:35.

to keep as much speed as he can. Gilbert for Belgium. He is taking

:06:36.:06:44.

every chance here, Gilbert, on this fast descent, Kwiatkowski is trying

:06:45.:06:47.

to eke out every last second that he can. It is 2K to the line when he

:06:48.:06:53.

gets to the bottom of this descent. What a chase this is going to be.

:06:54.:06:59.

Who is left in the group behind? Germany, did Degenkolb make it over?

:07:00.:07:02.

It looks like he was there or thereabouts. There's a lot of

:07:03.:07:06.

Germans left in the group. It is up to them to bring THIS group back and

:07:07.:07:13.

then on to THIS rider. Giving absolutely everything, taking so

:07:14.:07:16.

many risks there, using every inch of the road, gutter to gutter, out

:07:17.:07:20.

of the saddle again, fighting all the way down across the roundabout

:07:21.:07:24.

and into the town here and on to the flat. I think Degenkolb was the

:07:25.:07:28.

German rider who was up there. We can't quite see because it's

:07:29.:07:32.

Valverde who is leading the chase, seven seconds here, with just 1.6

:07:33.:07:37.

kilometres to go here. The race now very much on for the medals in the

:07:38.:07:46.

heart of Ponferrada and Kwiatkowski leads the way. These riders could

:07:47.:07:50.

contest the medals and Gilbert knows it. He now does his turn at the

:07:51.:07:53.

front as Valverde goes to the back of this group. This motorbike - they

:07:54.:08:00.

are sucking in behind him. They have cleared the camera bike out of the

:08:01.:08:06.

way. Where is Kwiatkowski? What is the distance? It's foreshortened,

:08:07.:08:16.

but they are going to chase him all the way home here now. Gilbert is

:08:17.:08:20.

leading the chase. Valverde in there as well. There's a Frenchman in that

:08:21.:08:30.

group, too. Is that going to be Kristoff? Gilbert is doing all the

:08:31.:08:41.

work for his Belgian team-mate, Greg van Avermaet. Maybe Tony Gallopin is

:08:42.:08:57.

up there as well. It is Kwiatkowski. Can he hang on? He may have enough

:08:58.:09:02.

to hang on. He has to dig in! They chase him to the line. It will be

:09:03.:09:06.

gold for Poland. It looks like it is going to be the 24-year-old

:09:07.:09:13.

Kwiatkowski who hangs on. He does. He wins! He chanced his arm. He had

:09:14.:09:21.

the guts to go for it. It paid off. Simon Gerrans from Australia takes

:09:22.:09:24.

the silver and Alejandro Valverde from Spain is on the podium once

:09:25.:09:29.

again, but misses out on gold. It is the sixth time he's made the podium

:09:30.:09:32.

in the World Championships, but he has yet to stand on the top of the

:09:33.:09:38.

podium. Greg van Avermaet was fourth, Tony Gallopin fifth for

:09:39.:09:44.

France and Philippe Gilbert sixth for Belgium. What a ride by

:09:45.:09:53.

Kwiatkowski. Incredible! I thought at the time he had gone just a

:09:54.:09:56.

little bit too early. He proved me wrong. Absolutely fantastic. And

:09:57.:10:03.

even having Gilbert there riding everything, putting everything on

:10:04.:10:06.

the line there for Greg van Avermaet in that group behind. He wasn't able

:10:07.:10:14.

to bring him back. John Degenkolb was eighth. Michael Matthews

:10:15.:10:23.

finishing 14th. When we look back now at that final lap, Rob, we can

:10:24.:10:32.

see what he was trying to do, Kwiatkowski timed his effort to

:10:33.:10:41.

perfection. REPORTER: Ben, we knew somebody was

:10:42.:10:43.

going to be bold on that final climb. It was Kwiatkowski? I knew.

:10:44.:10:50.

He is such a class act. He had his team on the front all day. He

:10:51.:10:55.

definitely deserved that win today. To be fair to yourself, you were

:10:56.:10:59.

beautifully positioned. You could have done no more? I mean, I gave it

:11:00.:11:05.

my best shot. It was just that last steep climb that really hurt. I got

:11:06.:11:10.

myself into a good position. It was a hard day. Everything seemed to go

:11:11.:11:17.

according to plan, Peter Kennaugh getting into that break? Yes, that

:11:18.:11:21.

was brilliant. Pete was fantastic today. It was a strange race, to be

:11:22.:11:30.

honest. I expected it to be more attacking. Yeah, Pete did a really

:11:31.:11:33.

good ride. Thank you very much. Thanks.

:11:34.:11:39.

COMMENTARY: Here is a view of the finish once again. This was the race

:11:40.:11:45.

for second place and Simon Gerrans taking the sprint. He's been in

:11:46.:11:48.

tremendous form lately. It wasn't the medal that he was looking for

:11:49.:11:50.

and Valverde ending up third. Here are the final moments. That

:11:51.:12:24.

climb, potentially, wasn't long enough to get a big enough gap to

:12:25.:12:27.

stay away. If had a few seconds on top of that, having gone a little

:12:28.:12:31.

bit earlier, you might be able to hang on. He did have time, of

:12:32.:12:35.

course, he even had time to take it all in and you can see the chasers

:12:36.:12:40.

there despairing as they try to hunt him down. Confirmation there - we

:12:41.:12:47.

were hearing from Ben Swift - that he did indeed finish in 12th place,

:12:48.:12:54.

one behind Fabian Cancellara at the end of this World Road Race. Michal

:12:55.:13:02.

Kwiatkowski - what a talent he is. And already a World Champion in the

:13:03.:13:10.

Team Time Trial and his preparation for these World Championships

:13:11.:13:13.

included time in Britain, the Tour of Britain, he finished second

:13:14.:13:16.

overall in that race and won the stage from Worcester to Bristol. So,

:13:17.:13:20.

what wonderful preparation that proved to be. The crowds gather and

:13:21.:13:26.

wait for the ceremony here in Ponferrada. This is the official

:13:27.:13:28.

confirmation of the result: It was a very, very hard day. The

:13:29.:14:04.

crowd begin to pack up their things and head for the town centre and the

:14:05.:14:08.

rain begins to fall again. Michal Kwiatkowski is the new World

:14:09.:14:12.

Champion. JONATHAN EDWARDS: A fraction under

:14:13.:14:18.

six-and-a-half hours. Rob has come down from the commentary box. What a

:14:19.:14:24.

bike race. It is a slow-burner. We saw the four guys going out clear

:14:25.:14:32.

and then they brought them back. The Poles, wasn't it? It is fair to say

:14:33.:14:36.

Michal Kwiatkowski... However we say it! He has paid his friends back!

:14:37.:14:45.

Incredible. When he attacked, I thought a bit too early. He went

:14:46.:14:50.

just before they did that right turn on the dam and I thought it could be

:14:51.:14:54.

a bit early. Fortunately for him, he had that group, so he timed it to

:14:55.:14:58.

perfection. It was the tactic that he was always going to use. Yeah. He

:14:59.:15:23.

pulled it off. One of the things about yesterday - it wasn't

:15:24.:15:29.

constant? This was constant attack? The Italian team were really putting

:15:30.:15:34.

the pressure on. Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, they should be able

:15:35.:15:37.

to cope on a course like this. It was not easy. A lot of the sprinters

:15:38.:15:45.

were there or thereabouts. Ben Swift, Bouhanni, Degenkolb,

:15:46.:15:48.

Kristoff, so it was looking like it was going to be extremely exciting.

:15:49.:15:53.

Michal Kwiatkowski was not hanging around. In the end, the edge taken

:15:54.:15:59.

off those sprinters by the relentless nature... The final

:16:00.:16:03.

section of that climb, the final 10%, is difficult. That is where the

:16:04.:16:08.

legs really do start to fall off and riders like Michal Kwiatkowski and

:16:09.:16:12.

Gilbert and Valverde, they come to the front. What was interesting is

:16:13.:16:19.

there were two Belgians and they were always going to be strong, but

:16:20.:16:23.

still Michal Kwiatkowski could hold them off? Having a rider like

:16:24.:16:27.

Gilbert burying himself on the front of that small, select group for van

:16:28.:16:30.

Avermaet, that was where I thought in the last few hundred metres he

:16:31.:16:35.

could very well bring Michal Kwiatkowski in. He kept looking over

:16:36.:16:39.

his shoulder. Don't look back, keep going. He had enough in hand. In

:16:40.:16:49.

terms of the other riders who got caught up, should they have gone -

:16:50.:16:58.

wait a second, hold that thought. Peter Kennaugh is talking to Jill.

:16:59.:17:02.

REPORTER: A long day in the saddle? You could say that. The weather

:17:03.:17:09.

wasn't too bad in the end. It was my first professional World

:17:10.:17:11.

Championship so I'm happy with how I rode and the team were pretty good.

:17:12.:17:16.

Not sure where Swift was in the end. To be there in the finals is hard

:17:17.:17:22.

enough in these kinds of races. As a team, we did a good ride. It did

:17:23.:17:27.

seem to follow the plan, just that last plan when Michal Kwiatkowski

:17:28.:17:30.

got away from the group. Ben finished 12th in the end. OK. Yeah,

:17:31.:17:35.

12th is a good result, to be fair. Like you said, it is the World

:17:36.:17:39.

Championships. I tried my luck a bit earlier on, which was the game plan

:17:40.:17:42.

to follow any of the bigger nations. I could have held back a bit and

:17:43.:17:48.

saved it for the end. I thought this is it, it was three or four laps to

:17:49.:17:53.

go, I had committed, so I gave it my best shot and once I got caught by

:17:54.:17:57.

the group, I tried to do what I could for Swift. Thank you very

:17:58.:17:58.

much. JONATHAN EDWARDS: Peter Kennaugh

:17:59.:18:11.

there speaking to Jill. How do you assess the British team's

:18:12.:18:15.

performance? They rode to a plan. They executed that plan extremely

:18:16.:18:22.

well. It was unfortunate for Swifty that that last ten minutes of racing

:18:23.:18:26.

was extremely difficult and that was where he just ran out of legs and

:18:27.:18:31.

probably expected to be, bearing in mind where all the other riders of

:18:32.:18:35.

his ilk were, all the other sprinters. So, I think it is hats

:18:36.:18:40.

off to them. As David Millar said, it wasn't just about coming here and

:18:41.:18:44.

trying to win the jersey because it's a big call, a massive ask. It's

:18:45.:18:49.

about doing the jersey proud and I think we can safely say that they

:18:50.:18:52.

did that well today. They did. For people watching at home, who haven't

:18:53.:19:00.

seen a lot of bike racing, what was Peter Kennaugh - the rain is

:19:01.:19:05.

chucking down a bit here! He animated the race? He did. He went

:19:06.:19:09.

clear in the back-end of the race. That puts pressure on the other

:19:10.:19:13.

riders, the other teams to have to bring that back. It takes all the

:19:14.:19:17.

pressure off the GB riders because there is no way they are going to

:19:18.:19:21.

chase. He played his part well and had that group stayed away, then he

:19:22.:19:25.

would have been in a good position to get up there with the top

:19:26.:19:28.

position himself. That is the kind of rider that he is. It is a

:19:29.:19:35.

double-edged sword and a double-whammy. The man with the

:19:36.:19:40.

shortest odds, Simon Gerrans, he just missed out. When you are a

:19:41.:19:43.

marked man like that, that is a great performance? It is. They rode

:19:44.:19:47.

well. They did work on the front when they had to. But then they slid

:19:48.:19:52.

back and they kept cool, they kept calm. Talk about keeping your powder

:19:53.:19:56.

dry, he was able to do that under these conditions. And, yeah, it was

:19:57.:20:00.

all about - it was always going to be about that last climb when it got

:20:01.:20:05.

to a situation like we had in the race. Unfortunately, for Geraint,

:20:06.:20:10.

Michal Kwiatkowski was up the road! He was. Third place, another podium

:20:11.:20:15.

finish for Valverde, but not the one he wanted? He's consistent! Yeah. I

:20:16.:20:23.

think this year was a year - he knew the course. It was their National

:20:24.:20:29.

Championship course. He got a silver medal. He will be disappointed.

:20:30.:20:33.

Having said that, it seems this year, at least, the Spanish rode to

:20:34.:20:38.

a plan and stuck to it and they did the best job that they could do. One

:20:39.:20:41.

of the things that people have always said in cycling is you need

:20:42.:20:47.

to do the Welte to win the world title. Now they need to do the Tour

:20:48.:20:53.

of Britain? It is certainly up there in the rankings for good-quality

:20:54.:20:56.

preparation for the World Championships. Great Men's Race.

:20:57.:21:02.

Yesterday, saw a great Women's Race. It was a great advert for women's

:21:03.:21:09.

cycling. It is not only in the peloton that

:21:10.:21:13.

women's cyclists face a challenge. They continue to campaign to raise

:21:14.:21:16.

the profile of their sport and expand the race calendar. There is a

:21:17.:21:20.

lot of races going on, but the big problem is nobody sees them. So it

:21:21.:21:24.

is very hard, if nobody sees them, it is hard to get sponsorship and it

:21:25.:21:28.

is hard to get sponsorship and you can't race. It is like a vicious

:21:29.:21:32.

circle. Do you feel there is genuine progress being made? I feel like

:21:33.:21:37.

there's been progress in women's cycling. Particularly since 2012

:21:38.:21:43.

since the issue was raised in the media, there's been more

:21:44.:21:46.

recognition, more attention for women's cycling. Women's cycling is

:21:47.:21:51.

a fast-growing sport. Every year, it is getting bigger. It gets more

:21:52.:21:56.

attention. There's been small progress. The UCI have delivered on

:21:57.:22:00.

the promises they have made. There have been highlights packages of

:22:01.:22:03.

each World Cup. So my family have been able to watch me win the World

:22:04.:22:07.

Cup this year, which is special. There is still a long way to go. I'm

:22:08.:22:13.

happy that we are starting now. It is fantastic. I'm part of that

:22:14.:22:18.

movement. It is not enough to be the greatest in women's cycling, you

:22:19.:22:22.

must be a campaigner, too. I like to race and ride the bike. I can give

:22:23.:22:29.

something back to the sport, too. There was the petition into the Tour

:22:30.:22:40.

organisation. That worked out. It was a privilege to ride down there

:22:41.:22:45.

and get the same opportunity as the men do. It is nice to be able to do

:22:46.:22:49.

those iconic things in sport that I dream about, just as much as the

:22:50.:22:55.

next boy does! Also new this year, the Women's Tour of Britain,

:22:56.:23:01.

building on the success of the Ride London Circuit Race. Friends for

:23:02.:23:09.

Life Women's Tour in the UK was incredible. That shocked the

:23:10.:23:13.

organisers how popular it was. It was on the level with the amount of

:23:14.:23:17.

spectators that watched the Men's Tour in Britain. It is not only

:23:18.:23:21.

about the World Championships and the Olympic Games, we race every

:23:22.:23:26.

week fantastic races. The World Cups, some great stage races. Next

:23:27.:23:31.

year, there will be a Tour of California, we are adding more

:23:32.:23:34.

races. It seems to be going in the right direction. We want to get that

:23:35.:23:40.

stage to show the world the beauty of women's cycling. The men's season

:23:41.:23:46.

is dominated by three Tours, while the women tackle one. Sharing the

:23:47.:23:51.

stage with the men in France in July remains a dream. The world's best

:23:52.:23:55.

female riders are still waiting in the wings. There is nothing that

:23:56.:24:00.

stops women physically. It is not possible for women to ride the whole

:24:01.:24:06.

Tour de France. It takes time for the peloton as a whole to gain our

:24:07.:24:10.

strength. At the top level, the riders are paid. A lot of cyclists

:24:11.:24:19.

have to work as well. So, we can't train for 250K stages. What is the

:24:20.:24:25.

next step? A lot more certainty for the riders. There's teams that don't

:24:26.:24:29.

pay their riders. So, that is very important for the riders and also

:24:30.:24:34.

have some continuity in racing. Like a lot of sports, women's races are

:24:35.:24:38.

separate from men's races. If you are going to have more women's races

:24:39.:24:41.

at the same time, you have that infrastructure there and the roads

:24:42.:24:45.

are already closed and the spectators are there, there is room

:24:46.:24:48.

for it to grow, but it can't happen overnight. The message there is that

:24:49.:24:53.

women's cycling, Rob, has come a long way, but still a long way to

:24:54.:25:01.

go. How have you seen the evolution of women's cycling? I have. I can

:25:02.:25:05.

remember back when there was a Women's Tour de France and then it

:25:06.:25:10.

went away. Now, the way that the racing has evolved, the characters

:25:11.:25:16.

are in the racing. It helped in the UK that we have some world-class

:25:17.:25:26.

riders. That helps. Riders like Marianne Vos, she is the figurehead

:25:27.:25:35.

of that and we had Emma Pooley behind her and I think there is some

:25:36.:25:39.

good things happening with the women's racing, the Women's Tour of

:25:40.:25:42.

Britain for a start is something... It was a huge success? It was. The

:25:43.:25:46.

racing is exciting as. We see it when the racing lights up, like we

:25:47.:25:50.

saw yesterday, it is incredible. It is good to see Vos has got some

:25:51.:25:55.

competition now. When one athlete, one rider, dominates in that way,

:25:56.:25:58.

people question how competitive it is? That was the thing. A lot of

:25:59.:26:04.

other riders thought, "You know what, I could well have a chance

:26:05.:26:07.

now." They upped their game a little bit. That said, the gap in the

:26:08.:26:22.

earnings between some of the top men and some of the top domestics in the

:26:23.:26:31.

peloton dwarfs anything the women get? Certainly does. And Emma Pooley

:26:32.:26:41.

has just retired from cycling to go to triathlon because she felt she

:26:42.:26:48.

could earn Mormon snee? -- More money? She probably will. It doesn't

:26:49.:26:55.

surprise me. It's all about where the sponsorship is and, ultimately,

:26:56.:26:58.

it comes from the coverage and the more coverage that the women's

:26:59.:27:01.

racing gets, the more money that will come into it. The same with the

:27:02.:27:06.

men's racing. If it is not covered on the TV, the sponsorship

:27:07.:27:09.

disappears and so it is something that I think will evolve and grow.

:27:10.:27:15.

This time last year, it was the election of Brian Cookson. One of

:27:16.:27:20.

the things on his manifesto was the promotion of women's cycling. Jill

:27:21.:27:23.

Douglas caught up with him yesterday.

:27:24.:27:26.

REPORTER: One year in charge, how happy are you with what you have

:27:27.:27:29.

been able to deliver in your first year? It's been an incredibly busy

:27:30.:27:34.

year for me. My feet have hardly touched the ground. We have made

:27:35.:27:38.

progress. We turned that into a strategy for the UCI. We have seen

:27:39.:27:42.

great progress in women's racing. We have seen a real amount of progress

:27:43.:27:49.

in anti-doping. We have a good relationship with the World

:27:50.:27:52.

Anti-Doping Agency. All of that stuff is going very well. Is the job

:27:53.:27:57.

what you expected it to be? Well, there is a bit more travel than I

:27:58.:28:01.

expected. I seem to spend as much time on airplanes and in hotels as I

:28:02.:28:05.

have at home, in Switzerland or in Lancashire. I'm not complaining. I

:28:06.:28:09.

enjoy meeting people. That is part of the job. I'm looking forward to

:28:10.:28:15.

the next few years. Key to that manifesto was your commitment to

:28:16.:28:18.

women's cycling. Do you feel there is real progress being made? I do.

:28:19.:28:22.

There is a way still to go. We are at the moment where women's sport is

:28:23.:28:27.

being taken more seriously, by the public, by the media, by sponsors.

:28:28.:28:31.

We are proud of that. We are doing what we can. We have invested a lot

:28:32.:28:36.

of money this year. We will continue to do that. I can't flick a switch

:28:37.:28:41.

and make everything go alright. I can't make everything equal. We are

:28:42.:28:45.

progressing in the right direction. Another big challenge of course

:28:46.:28:49.

coming in was to clean up the image of the UCI and the sport in general.

:28:50.:28:52.

Do you think that's going in the right direction? I do. We have had a

:28:53.:28:59.

lot of progress. The establishment of the independent reform commission

:29:00.:29:02.

that we have got under way, that is doing its work now. It will report

:29:03.:29:06.

at the end of January. I am confident that it will not just

:29:07.:29:09.

review what's happened in the past, but u -- but make some good

:29:10.:29:16.

recommendations for the future. The work we are doing on this new

:29:17.:29:21.

tribunal, I think we can claim we are amongst the leaders in the fight

:29:22.:29:25.

against doping in any sport. What about these World Championships. You

:29:26.:29:28.

enjoying it? It is great. Ponferrada is a wonderful part of the world in

:29:29.:29:33.

this part of Spain. It's not the easiest place to get to. It is on

:29:34.:29:55.

the brilliant pilgrimage route. Brian Cookson there. Rob, he came to

:29:56.:30:06.

power against Pat McQuaid. It is a tough job to be in office and then

:30:07.:30:07.

make changes. How is he doing? I think he is doing well, but like I

:30:08.:30:18.

said in the interview, you do not just flicked a switch and work work

:30:19.:30:22.

with those people, no doubt the people under Pat McQuaid, he is

:30:23.:30:27.

working with a lot of the same people, so gradually he had to

:30:28.:30:31.

change it and how worse things. You cannot just go in with an iron fist

:30:32.:30:36.

and brawl that way. I think the direction that the UCI is going is

:30:37.:30:39.

certainly the right to Rex on, but they will have to wait and see.

:30:40.:30:43.

Here's a quarter of a way through his stint now, and he has got a few

:30:44.:30:50.

more grey hairs. If that is not stress, I am not quite sure what

:30:51.:30:55.

that is. The big thing for him, one of the big things will be when the

:30:56.:30:58.

commission on anti-doping that he set up reports. It is not quite a

:30:59.:31:04.

truth and reconciliation that we saw in South Africa, but that report

:31:05.:31:08.

will be significant in his presidency. I think so, it is

:31:09.:31:12.

something that is due in the sport. As I say, is going in the right

:31:13.:31:15.

direction and I think that everything that Brian is doing is

:31:16.:31:24.

for the good of the sport and he has his best intentions. No podium

:31:25.:31:28.

finish and fortunately for Ben Swift, but he rode well. The piece

:31:29.:31:34.

de resistance as far as the Brits go came from Bradley Wiggins.

:31:35.:31:41.

COMMENTATOR: Sir Bradley Wiggins, can he add the world time trial

:31:42.:31:45.

title to his vitally impressive resonate? Tony Martin going for his

:31:46.:31:52.

fourth world title in a row. It is going to be the fastest four

:31:53.:31:56.

seconds. Tony Martin leading the way. Bradley Wiggins is usually so

:31:57.:32:01.

good at measuring his effort. Martin, two and a half seconds

:32:02.:32:05.

slower than Bradley Wiggins. His back is against the wall now.

:32:06.:32:10.

Bradley Wiggins is going to have to produce this, I think. This is going

:32:11.:32:17.

to be the fastest time. Will it be a right to gold? Here comes Tony

:32:18.:32:21.

Martin. He is not going to do it. Bradley Wiggins is the world

:32:22.:32:22.

champion. What a performance from Sir Bradley

:32:23.:32:39.

Wiggins. Hilly course, 50 kilometres per hour average. How does he do it?

:32:40.:32:44.

The mind boggles. I was down there after the race, and we were just

:32:45.:32:49.

waiting for an interview with Brad. And Dave Brailsford turned up, we

:32:50.:32:53.

had a quick chat on the side, and he said yes, 50 kilometres down, and he

:32:54.:33:01.

said the average... 50.4 guilders per hour... I will not say exactly

:33:02.:33:05.

what he said! But it was incredible. It was an extremely measured effort,

:33:06.:33:11.

as we would expect from Bradley, but he delivered it on the day, and

:33:12.:33:17.

overtook Tony Martin. That was his second world title of the week that

:33:18.:33:21.

he had lost bearing in mind that they did not retain their team time

:33:22.:33:27.

trial to win. He was going for four in a row, Tony Martin. I guess for

:33:28.:33:33.

Bradley, winning in the rainbow jersey was one thing, but beating

:33:34.:33:40.

Tony Martin made it extra suite. That is the icing on the cake. The

:33:41.:33:45.

way that Tony Martin finished, he gave everything, he was distraught.

:33:46.:33:49.

The way that he rode out there today, firstly for Jan Degen cold

:33:50.:33:52.

going out there on the front to try to put pressure on himself, but

:33:53.:33:57.

obviously with the pressure of staying out here. -- John

:33:58.:34:00.

Degenkolb. By going out there to try to get another world title, you

:34:01.:34:03.

cannot leave that without getting the world title. In a few years he

:34:04.:34:08.

has done that. We will talk about that in a second, but second place

:34:09.:34:14.

here! You are very much one of the guys that people were looking at to

:34:15.:34:18.

win this rainbow jersey. He came frustratingly close, I would

:34:19.:34:23.

imagine. That is right. I saw the World Championship slip away from me

:34:24.:34:26.

in the last couple of kilometres, but I am happy with the race, I did

:34:27.:34:30.

everything I could and that the end of the day I was beaten by the

:34:31.:34:35.

better guy. When you saw him go did you think that he would stay away? I

:34:36.:34:38.

did not see him slipping off the front but I could see that he was

:34:39.:34:41.

just off there going over the last climb and from there I knew it was

:34:42.:34:45.

going to be very difficult. It was a great effort from the chasers. It

:34:46.:34:49.

was a great effort from the chase and also some fantastic work from my

:34:50.:34:53.

Australian team-mates. They really supported me throughout the race,

:34:54.:34:57.

thanks very much to them. Congratulations on the silver

:34:58.:35:00.

medal. Dave Brailsford is here as well.

:35:01.:35:08.

I think we are on. Simon Gerrans riding well there. We can now go

:35:09.:35:24.

back out there to Dave Brailsford. Just so you can congratulate Simon

:35:25.:35:27.

Gerrans about the silver medal, who dares, wins, coming over the top of

:35:28.:35:33.

that... Unfortunately... Unable to get amongst it? I thought that Ben

:35:34.:35:41.

Swift rode a perfect race, he had to gamble, tried to come back at the

:35:42.:35:44.

end. The team looked better this year, they did the job really well,

:35:45.:35:48.

showing what great form he had. And I think that there is a young group

:35:49.:35:55.

coming through, looking forward to that for years, but that can happen

:35:56.:36:00.

often, the way that he got his team riding at the start, taking the race

:36:01.:36:04.

on, and in the final, it was a class act and deserve it win. You will be

:36:05.:36:10.

making a guest appearance leading the great British team on behalf of

:36:11.:36:14.

Shane Sutton. How has it been for you, obviously seeing Bradley

:36:15.:36:17.

Wiggins taking the rainbow jersey. That was the highlight. It has been

:36:18.:36:23.

quite a few years in the making as well, to see him get that title was

:36:24.:36:28.

just amazing, really. Super talent, and a super result. That was

:36:29.:36:32.

fantastic. And for the rest of the week it has been fantastic to be

:36:33.:36:36.

involved in the junior accommodation, the women, the under

:36:37.:36:43.

23, seeing the youngsters through. I have really enjoyed being involved

:36:44.:36:46.

in anything that has a union Jack on it. A number of patriotically live

:36:47.:36:51.

on in the country, and whenever you can race for your country and try to

:36:52.:36:54.

help out, it means a lot. It has been fun. Thank you for joining us.

:36:55.:37:03.

Nice thoughts from Dave Brailsford. Going back to Bradley, we had this

:37:04.:37:07.

accommodation yesterday, but Bradley and the performances he has put

:37:08.:37:12.

together, it puts him up there with the all-time greats. It does when

:37:13.:37:16.

you look at the list of his results and the breadth of his results on

:37:17.:37:21.

the track at world, Olympic and Road records. The grand Tour, the Tour de

:37:22.:37:29.

France, it is incredible, and it is one that so many riders would have

:37:30.:37:33.

been desperate for. And basically, none of them have achieved that. It

:37:34.:37:37.

is the sheer volume that he has not had because of the way that he has

:37:38.:37:44.

gone about his job, picking results, and going for those, like as David

:37:45.:37:48.

said, it has been a long time in the making. When he gets focused,

:37:49.:37:53.

nothing much stands between him. We finished here, but do not go

:37:54.:37:58.

anywhere. On BBC Two the sporting action continues because we have the

:37:59.:38:01.

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:38:10.:38:13.

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get involved with sport. Have a look at that. That is it from

:38:21.:38:26.

Ponferrada. This has been a night that likes a good book a tonic that

:38:27.:38:31.

has taken on the headlines, Bradley Wiggins has got a rainbow jersey to

:38:32.:38:32.

add to his Olympic title.

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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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