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
Dates September 29, 2008
Stages 1
Distance 260.25 km (161.7 mi)
Winning time 6h 37' 30"
   Gold  Alessandro Ballan (ITA) (Italy)
   Silver  Damiano Cunego (ITA) (Italy)
   Bronze  Matti Breschel (DEN) (Denmark)
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2008 UCI Road World Championships
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg
Participating nations
Elite events
Elite road race   men   women
Elite time trial   men   women
Under-23 events
Under-23 road race   men  
Under-23 time trial   men  

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 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]

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 Hrivko  Ukraine s.t.
6 Joaquim 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
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 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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