Gallery: Best of the world championships Down Under

The moments that made Australia's event

The seventh UCI Road World Championships held outside of Europe delivered exciting racing, unexpected winners and a handful of firsts. As the local council in Geelong, Australia, packs away the temporary fencing and counts the economic benefits, Cyclingnews takes a look back on some of the best images from the five days of racing.

There were plenty of firsts at the Australian race – Thor Hushovd became the first Norwegian to win a medal when he claimed gold in the elite men’s road race and Emma Pooley is the first Great Briton rider to win the elite women’s time trial while Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) and Guillaume Boivin (Canada) became the first dead heat as they shared bronze in the Under 23 men’s road race.

Likewise Geelong saw its share of heartache as Tony Martin’s shot at time trial gold was destroyed with a flat tyre, only for the rider to stage a remarkable comeback to successfully fight for the bronze medal – and was just seconds away from silver. In the women’s time trial silver was little consolation for Judith Arndt who missed out on gold despite medaling in the discipline for a fourth time.

To relive these and many more of the moments from Geelong click here.

Thor Hushovd shows off his gold medal after becoming the first Norwegian to win a medal of any colour in the men's road race.

It might look like a wonderful promotion for both Melbourne and Sky but we're pretty sure that was the last thing an exhausted David Millar had on his mind after his second place ride in the elite men's time trial.

Jackson Rodriguez (Venezuela) might not have finished the race but while he chased the solo leader in the elite men's race he sure had the fans' support.

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