2008 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

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Men's Individual Road Race
2008 UCI Road World Championships
The peloton during the race
The peloton during the race
Race details
DatesSeptember 28, 2008
Distance260.25 km (161.7 mi)
Winning time6h 37' 30"
   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 Via Montello (6.5% gradient for 1.15 kilometres); and the second at Ronchi (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 Óscar 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]

Final classification[edit]

Did not finish[edit]

128 riders failed to finish the race. Levi Leipheimer of the United States did not start the race.

Nation qualification[edit]

14 to be enrolled, 9 to start
9 to be enrolled, 6 to start
 South Africa
 United States
 Great Britain
5 to be enrolled, 3 to start
 New Zealand
 Czech Republic
2 to be enrolled, 1 to start
 Costa Rica
 Sri Lanka


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

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