2008 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

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Men's Individual Road Race
2008 UCI Road World Championships
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Rainbow jersey
Race details
Date September 29, 2008
Distance 260.25 km (161.7 mi)
Winning time 06h 37' 30" (39.3962 km/h or 24.4797 mph)
Medalists
 Gold  Alessandro Ballan (ITA) (Italy)
 Silver  Damiano Cunego (ITA) (Italy)
 Bronze  Matti Breschel (DEN) (Denmark)
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The Men's Individual Road Race of the 2008 UCI Road World Championships cycling event took place on September 28 in Varese, Italy. The course comprised 15 laps around 17.35-kilometre route, making a total distance of 260.25 km. Each lap featured two ascents: the first at Montello (6.5% gradient for 1.15 kilometres); and the second at Ronchi[disambiguation needed] (4.5% for 3.13 kilometres).[1] The highest elevation measured 480 metres (1,570 ft) at Via Montello.

Pre-race favourites included Paolo Bettini, who was trying for an unprecedented third consecutive title, and the 1999, 2001 and 2004 champion Oscar Freire.[2]

The race was won by Alessandro Ballan, with his fellow Italian Damiano Cunego in second and Matti Breschel of Denmark taking the bronze medal.[3]

Top ten finishers[edit]

Cyclist Country Time
1 Alessandro Ballan  Italy 06h 37'30"
2 Damiano Cunego  Italy at 3"
3 Matti Breschel  Denmark s.t.
4 Davide Rebellin  Italy s.t.
5 Andriy Grivko  Ukraine s.t.
6 Joaquín Rodríguez  Spain s.t.
7 Fabian Wegmann  Germany s.t.
8 Christian Pfannberger  Austria s.t.
9 Nick Nuyens  Belgium s.t.
10 Robert Gesink  Netherlands s.t.

Nation qualification[edit]

14 to be enrolled, 9 to start
 Spain
 Italy
 Belgium
 Germany
 Luxembourg
 Australia
 France
  Switzerland
 Russia
 Netherlands
9 to be enrolled, 6 to start
 South Africa
 United States
 Venezuela
 Iran
 Slovenia
 Poland
 Ukraine
 United Kingdom
 Portugal
 Denmark
5 to be enrolled, 3 to start
 Tunisia
 Argentina
 Colombia
 Canada
 Japan
 Uzbekistan
 Austria
 Sweden
 Croatia
 Ireland
 Hungary
 Bulgaria
 Slovakia
 Latvia
 Serbia
 Estonia
 New Zealand
 Czech Republic
 Finland
 Norway
 Kazakhstan
2 to be enrolled, 1 to start
 Morocco
 Cuba
 Costa Rica
 Ecuador
 Mexico
 Uruguay
 Belarus
 Sri Lanka
 Lithuania

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Courses - Road Races". Varese2008.org. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Cooke leads GB Worlds challenge". BBC Sport. 2008-09-22. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Road Cycling Worlds 2008". BBC Sport. 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 

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