Podium (L-R): Matti Breschel (Denmark), Thor Hushovd (Norway), Allan Davis (Australia).
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Australia next best with three
Germany may not have won any of the six rainbow jerseys which were awarded at the UCI Road World Championships in Melbourne, Australia last week, but they came away with the biggest medal haul of any country.
Thanks to the efforts of John Degenkolb (U23 road race) and Judith Arndt (Women's time trial), who scored silver medals, and Tony Martin (time trial) and Marcel Kittel (U23 time trial), who both claimed bronze, Germany led the medal table with four.
The host country, Australia, was next best, with gold in the U23 men's road race by Michael Matthews, silver in the U23 time trial by Luke Durbridge and bronze in the elite men's road race from Allan Davis.
The USA took home a gold and bronze thanks solely to Taylor Phinney in the U23 races, while Great Britain netted gold and silver in the time trials thanks to Emma Pooley and David Millar.
The Nordic countries Norway, Sweden and Denmark put in remarkable performances, topped by Thor Hushovd's spectacular win in the elite men's road race and Matti Breschel's silver, and Emma Johansson's bronze in the women's road race.
Italy could score just one medal, but made it count with a fine gold by Giorgia Bronzini in the women's road race, as did Switzerland with Fabian Cancellara's repeat win in the men's time trial. The Netherlands (Marianne Vos - silver, road race), New Zealand (Linda Villumsen, bronze time trial) and Canada (Guillaume Boivin, bronze U23 road race) rounded out the medal tally.
Two of cycling's traditional powerhouses, Spain and Belgium, were shut out of the medal tally.
Germany - Silver (2), Bronze (2)
Australia - Gold (1), Silver (1), Bronze (1)
Great Britain - Gold (1), Silver (1)
USA - Gold (1), Bronze (1)
Italy - Gold (1)
Norway - Gold (1)
Switzerland - Gold (1)
Denmark - Silver (1)
The Netherlands - Silver (1)
New Zealand - Bronze (1)
Sweden - Bronze (1)
Canada - Bronze (1)
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