Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) stole away on the descent of the penultimate climb and held off a Belgian-Spanish organised chase to the finish to become the 2014 Men’s Road Race World Champion. Simon Gerrans (Australia) and Alejandro Valverde (Spain), both strong favourites for the win, rounded out the podium.
A tricky little tester of a circuit looks like it will provide us with the most open and fascinating World Championships road race we have seen for a while. The parcours is tough but the climbs are not quite tough enough to either rule out the sprinters or favour the climbers. The final kilometres are composed of a technical descent and flat run into the finish. It’s all very Milan-San Remo, and everyone loves the unpredictable La Primavera, don’t they?