UCI Road World Championships 2014

September 21-28, 2014, Ponferrada, Ponferrada, Road - CDM

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the Elite Men's road race, the final event of this year's world championships.

  1. 10:51:02 CEST

    We are just a few minutes away from the start of the race. It's going to be a long day in the saddle but everything is set for a great race.

  2. 10:51:54 CEST

    As the minutes to the start countdown, the riders are signing on and lining up at the start.

  3. 10:53:48 CEST

    As predicted, the weather has changed over night. Low clouds are covering Ponferrada and there is light rain.

  4. 10:55:28 CEST

    The riders face 14 laps of the 18.2km circuit for a total of 254.8km.

  5. 10:57:04 CEST

    Each lap includes two climb: the first is long and gradual, the second, to Mirador, is short but steep. The key factor could be the technical descent between the climbs.

  6. 10:58:49 CEST

    The riders are lined up at the start. Everything is ready.

  7. 11:00:37 CEST

    The Italian team is on the front of the start grid, along with Spain.

  8. 11:01:04 CEST

    And they're off! The riders roll away. Lets race.

  9. 11:02:28 CEST

    The pace is steady as the riders head towards the old town centre of Ponferrada.

  10. 11:05:44 CEST

    Much is expected from Spain racing on home roads. Last year Joaquim Rodriguez finished second behind Rui Costa, with Alejandro Valverde third after the two seemed to race against each other. Valverde is team leader this year and has lots of Movistar teammates with him.  

  11. 11:06:17 CEST

    We have our first attack as the riders pass the Ponferrada castle.

  12. 11:07:21 CEST

    It is Miguel Angel Rubian Chevez of Colombia.

  13. 11:08:18 CEST

    The peloton is lined out as other riders try to go across to the break.

  14. 11:08:50 CEST

    At the back of the peloton, Fabian Cancellara stops for a rear wheel change.

  15. 11:09:55 CEST

    More riders are jumping away as the road climbs gradually out of Ponferrada.

  16. 11:11:33 CEST

    Colombia is still trying to shake up the race and get a rider in the early break of the race.

  17. 11:13:32 CEST

    Cancellara is comning back to the peloton after getting his wheel checked by the team car.

  18. 11:14:32 CEST

    The peloton is wrapped up against the rain, with some riders wearing capes and even leg warmers.

  19. 11:15:19 CEST

    There are now seven riders in the front move but they do not seem to be working well together.

  20. 11:16:26 CEST

    The roads are wet and the clouds are low. It is going to be a wet race and so bike handling and tyre pressure will be vital.

  21. 11:18:28 CEST

    The seven breakaway riders are already on the descent between the climbs, riding carefully on the sweeping roads.

  22. 11:19:50 CEST

    A rider from Croatia is off the front but the peloton has pulled back the other breakaways.

  23. 11:20:54 CEST

    Cancellara is at the back of the peloton with two teammates. He was angry with the team sizes based on ranking points because he has just three teammates.

  24. 11:22:12 CEST

    Qualification is based on WorldTour points and so riders from the IAM Cycling team did not count, leaving Cancellara with far fewer teammates than his big rivals. 

  25. 11:26:05 CEST

    The peloton seems happy to let the riders go clear again, there are now four rider off the front and are opening a gap.

  26. 11:26:47 CEST

    A seven-rider move was perhaps considered too big but four riders are easier to chase down later in the race.

  27. 11:29:21 CEST

    The four riders in the move are 1:30 ahead of the peloton after the first full lap of the race.

  28. 11:36:40 CEST

    The four breakaways are: Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania), Matija Kvasina (Croatia), Carlos Quintero (Colombia) and Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukraine).


  29. 11:39:19 CEST

    As the race again heads out of Ponferrada, the rain is falling heavily. For some riders, hoping for a sprint finish, it is bad news but for nations like Italy and Spain, hoping for a hard race, rain and wet roads could be decisive.

  30. 11:45:04 CEST

    Andre Greipel drops back to the German team car for a quick technical chat with his coach. Greipel or John Degenkolb will be Germany's protected riders today.



  31. 11:45:48 CEST

    German team manager Jan Schaffrath says that John Degenkolb has recovered from his calf injury but that his longest training ride in the build up to the Worlds has been four and a half hours.

    Degenkolb spent some time in hospital suffering from an infection in the calf injury, but in a brief exchange with CN, said at the start that he was feeling “good” and his injury was better.

    “He’s doing ok, but you never know at race speed how he’s going to go,” Schaffrath told CN at the start of the World Championships. “I hope everything is fine, but the real test is today.”

    His longest training session has been four and a half hours “and he was tired after that. So we’ll see. 50-50.”

    Looking at the race route, Schaffrath says the conclusions he’s drawn from the previous races this week, “are that a sprint between 20 to 25 riders is possible. It’s fast.”

    “But if there is a gap of over 10 seconds at the summit of the last climb, normally it’s over, no chance to come back. Although with the women, that break went away and then it didn’t work out.”

    Schaffrath sees Fabian Cancellara as a top favourite, “and if [Ben] Swift is in the same shape as when he won in the Vuelta Pais Vasco, then he could be up there too. And Spain are very dangerous for me, they know they can’t bring Degenkolb to the finish line, so they’ll try to attack minimum three for laps to go.”

  32. 224.8km remaining from 254.8km

    11:46:59 CEST

    The break has quickly opened a good lead and has 4:00 on the peloton.

  33. 11:50:19 CEST

    The first climb of the circuit seems no problem for the Elite Men, while the short Mirador climb takes them less than two minutes to climb at speed.

  34. 11:55:02 CEST

    Italy has Manuel Quinziato on the front of the peloton on the climb to set a steady tempo.

  35. 11:56:02 CEST

    The break has completed the second lap, while the peloton is at the summit of the Mirador climb.

  36. 12:02:54 CEST

    The peloton completes the second lap.

  37. 12:10:57 CEST

    The Great Britain team is riding for Ben Swift today but also has other options with the Yates brothers. David Millar is riding his last ever professional race as road captain.

    “We’re going to smash it from the first lap,” British Cycling coach Rod Ellingworth joked to Cyclingnews when asked about the tactics for today’s road-race.

    “No, seriously, we’ve got a few options, not just Swifty [Ben Swift] and the lads are doing well, all in good fettle.”

    “Morale’s good, the team’s good we’re ready to do battle,” Millar added as he headed to the start of his last race.

  38. 207.8km remaining from 254.8km

    12:11:36 CEST

    As the kilometres tick down, the break has pushed out its lead to 7:30.

  39. 12:12:56 CEST

    Behind the break several riders are trying their hand in an attempt to get across.


  40. 12:15:37 CEST

    The two chasers are Bouglas of Greece and Poland's Golas.

  41. 12:16:28 CEST

    Behind several riders are stopping for a natural break.

  42. 12:16:50 CEST

    The peloton is now 9:40 behind the breakaway.

  43. 204.8km remaining from 254.8km

    12:18:37 CEST

    Incredibly, only entered the Elite race on Friday, close to the deadline. He is the only Greek rider in the race.

  44. 12:20:46 CEST

    Several riders have dropped back to their team cars to collect caps as the rain continues to fall.

  45. 12:21:15 CEST

    Upfront Golas has given up on his attack.

  46. 12:22:40 CEST

    The gap is now up to 11:00.

  47. 12:25:14 CEST

    The peloton is on the descent, taking the rain-soaked curve carefully.

  48. 12:32:37 CEST

    Georgios Bouglas (Greece) is still away between the break and the peloton, enjoying a moment of glory.

  49. 12:37:25 CEST

    As the peloton passes through the finish, the sun suddenly emerges but the roads are wet and there is still a lot of grey cloud.

  50. 12:38:19 CEST

    The peloton is 14:38 behind the break but no nations seems interested in chasing.

  51. 12:41:45 CEST


  52. 12:42:45 CEST

    Several riders have tangled and gone down in the centre of Ponferrada. Half a dozen riders went down, including Vincenzo Nibali (Italy).

  53. 12:44:14 CEST

    Navardauskas also seemed to go down. However all the riders got up and are back riding.

  54. 12:45:37 CEST

    Nibali is a group of five riders chasing to get back on. He seemed to have crashed on the same hip that he hurt in a recent crash at the Tre Valli Varesine.  

  55. 12:47:01 CEST

    De Marchi and Quinziato are at the back of the peloton waiting for Nibali.

  56. 12:49:30 CEST

    Nibali gets a sticky bottle from the team car and moves up through the team cars. Italian coach Davide Cassani will have wanted to understand how Nibali feels after his crash.

    The Tour de France winner is the Italian team leader but does not have great form. He can be expected to make an attack and perhaps even kick off the Italian attack in the finale, with three or four laps to go.

  57. 12:52:56 CEST

    With the break more than 15 minutes ahead, they are close to half a lap in front of the peloton.

  58. 12:55:19 CEST

    Nibali had a great Tour de France, especially on the cobbled stage, but has now crashed twice on his left hip.   

  59. 12:58:28 CEST

    With 177km to go, the German team has started to lead the chase. They will hope that others will follow.

  60. 12:59:32 CEST

    Surprisingly Andre Greipel is on the front. He seems ready to sacrifice his chances for Degenkolb and the team.

  61. 13:01:54 CEST

    The Poland team is also helping with the chase, as the gap falls to 14:50.

  62. 13:06:28 CEST

    The speed and tension has risen in the peloton as Poland lead the riders through the finish area and pits.

  63. 13:08:18 CEST

    The Italian team car has collected pedals and front wheel to service Nibali's bike a the second pits area on the circuit. Nibali apparently changed bikes after his crash.

  64. 13:13:55 CEST

    The sun is out again but the roads are still wet, especially on the descents.

  65. 13:20:12 CEST

    The peloton is on the Mirador climb under blue skies and a warm sun. However rain is forecast for later in the afternoon. 

  66. 13:21:34 CEST

    The four riders in the break covered the last lap in 28:51 at an average of just over 37km/h.

  67. 13:23:06 CEST

    The speed has increased in the peloton as they hit the climbs.

  68. 13:24:18 CEST

    Cancellara is at the back of the peloton again. It seems he had a further technical problem. Wyss is there to help him get back to the bunch.

  69. 13:29:57 CEST

    The Poland team is being very generous in leading the peloton. However the gap is still 14:30.

  70. 155km remaining from 254.8km

    13:35:36 CEST

    The peloton passes through the finish and pits, with riders grabbing bottles and leaving capes.

  71. 13:36:30 CEST

    The gap to the break has fallen to 14:00 but the peloton will have to pull back close to two minutes per lap for the rest of the race.

  72. 13:41:55 CEST

    Georgios Bouglas (Greece) has been caught by the peloton. His moment of glory has ended thanks to the Poland team leading the chase.

  73. 13:42:54 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali is at the back of the peloton but seems ok after his earlier crash. He has taken off his gilet but still has knee warmers on to stay warm.

  74. 13:44:53 CEST

    Former World TT Champion Laurent Jalabert, present at the start of the World Championships and a former winner of Milan-San Remo, says that the Ponferrada is “not so hard.”

    “It’s going to be a bit of a strange race, I’m not so sure if there’s not going to be much of a selection. But if [French leader Nacer] Bouhanni wants to win, he’ll have to go over the top of the last climb in the front 20, because it’s a very fast descent to the finish after that.”

    “If it rains, it’ll be very difficult, and it’ll be a lot slower. And that’ll be good for the sprinters.” He feels Cancellara will be very dangerous. “When he prepares for something, it’s very rare that he fails. And he’s going to try for it and he’s certainly capable of winning.”

  75. 13:54:58 CEST

    Michal Kwiatkowski is the team leader for Poland. He will be hoping for a hard race and that perhaps explains why his teammates are working so hard on the front.

  76. 13:56:58 CEST

    As a former U-23 World Champion - back in 2007 - Peter Velits has good memories of the Worlds and today he forms part of a three man team for Slovakia, led by Peter Sagan and with the two Velits brothers, Peter and Martin, as back-up.

    “We are only a small team, but on the other hand, it’s a good opportunity,” Peter Velits, already on the podium of the World Championships after BMC won the men’s trade team time trial, told Cyclingnews. “There’s no big pressure on us to make the race, we follow the big races and we can benefit from that.”

    “On the other hand, if something happens to either of us, then we’ll only have the leader goes.”

    How is Sagan feeling? “Hard to say, I don’t know really much. He’s a good rider and even when he’s not in good form he can race well.”
    “My big objective was the team time trial and we see how it goes.”

  77. 14:00:24 CEST

    Teams are now riding together. The whole Polish team remains on the front, with Australia tucked on their wheels.

  78. 137km remaining from 254.8km

    14:03:10 CEST

    The peloton has completed six laps and so is close to half distance.

  79. 14:07:17 CEST

    The crowd at the Ponferrada castle is growing. It is great place to see the riders go by and also enjoy the food and wine of Spain.


  80. 14:09:05 CEST

    Alex Howes (USA) is at the back of the peloton. For some he is an outsider for a medal today. Also in the USA team are Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen.

  81. 14:13:45 CEST

    Decent and vocal crowds have turned out for the race today. The four leaders are still climbing at the moment with 132km to go. It will be interesting to see how much the gap has dropped with Poland still on the front of the race.

  82. 14:14:21 CEST

    The pace certainly isn't that tough as we see Boasson Hagen chatting freely to his teammates.

  83. 14:16:04 CEST

    As we see Mathew Hayman near the back of the field and collecting food for his teammates. The Australians will be rubbing their hands with glee as they've seen Poland do all the chasing in these early stages.

  84. 14:17:09 CEST

    Hayman is policing Gerrans back to the front of the race, as the gap to the four leads drops to 11:40.

  85. 14:22:39 CEST

    Poland still have the race strung out and there are a number of small gaps starting to appear on the climb.

  86. 14:24:29 CEST

    Alessandro De Marchi and Phil Deignan are both at the back of the peloton having dropped back to the team cars earlier. Up ahead Dan Martin is well positioned near the front of the race.

  87. 14:26:54 CEST

    The gap is down to 11 minutes with just over seven laps to go.

  88. 14:28:47 CEST

    Just behind the Polish line there are a few discussions going on and soon after the Germans post a man in the chase.

  89. 14:29:22 CEST

    As the peloton head over the line with seven to go and the gap at 10:55.

  90. 14:35:15 CEST

    The roads continue to dry out as well as the peloton coast passed the castle one more time. There's an increase in pace from the Polish team once more but they're going to need help soon if the gap is going to come down faster. The Australians, French and Germans have the firepower and the sprinters to make a difference.

  91. 14:39:03 CEST

    Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania), Matija Kvasina (Croatia), Carlos Quintero (Colombia) and Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukraine) continue to plough on and they're making a decent fist of it with the gap to the peloton still at over ten minutes. At the back of the peloton US national road champion Eric Marcotte has picked up his feed bag.

  92. 14:40:42 CEST

    Dauphine winner, Andrew Talansky, is also near the back of the peloton for now.

  93. 14:42:06 CEST

    Matthews, a real favourite for today, is at the back of the pack with a mechanical, according to race radio. He shouldn't have too much trouble in making back to the head of the race.

  94. 113km remaining from 254.8km

    14:43:01 CEST

    113km to go and the gap is finally under ten minutes, only just mind. It's at 9:50.

  95. 14:47:02 CEST

    The sun has shone for the last couple of hours, and the rain jackets have been dispensed with. The gap to the four leaders continues to come down slowly and is at 9:30.

  96. 14:50:20 CEST

    Poland are down to seven riders on the front of the bunch. Froome is at the back of the bunch, his style of riding easy to pick out from the CN blimp.

  97. 14:54:11 CEST

    Just over 100km to go and Poland push on the long descent. The gap to the four man break loses another minute.

  98. 14:59:20 CEST

    There is a contingent of GB riders at the back of the field with Froome at the centre of them. Swift is their leader for the day but no sign of him at the back, so he should be safely tucked in the middle of the bunch. In that last the peloton took two minutes off the leaders.

  99. 15:00:31 CEST

    Only Savickas is able to still climb in the big ring, with the rest of the break dropping down to a more comfortable gear.

  100. 15:02:33 CEST

    The four leaders are on the long climb, their lead at 8:20 with 100km to go.

  101. 15:09:19 CEST

    The peloton climb and there's more urgency in the field. Uran, Impey, Dan Martin all near the back of the pack as the four leaders reach the Mirador.

  102. 92km remaining from 254.8km

    15:15:38 CEST

    Sadly there are reports that the Norwegian national coach has been taken to hospital after the team car in the race went off the road.

  103. 15:17:43 CEST

    The peloton reaches the summit of the Mirador climb, 6:20 behind the break.

  104. 15:19:14 CEST

    Sonny Colbrelli has a key role for Italy, he's the team's sprinter if the races stays together.

    "Let's hope we can do something good. I slept well and don't feel under pressure," he told Italian television before the start.

  105. 85km remaining from 254.8km

    15:25:57 CEST

    The break is on the way out of Ponferrada, passing the second feed zone on the circuit. The four riders look tired after being out from for more than 100km.

  106. 15:26:24 CEST

    The peloton is chasing hard as they start the four final laps.

  107. 15:27:19 CEST

    The weather is also worsening with the rain returning. It was forecast but seems to have started early.

  108. 15:28:44 CEST

    This lap is expected to see some serious attacks on the climbs.

  109. 80km remaining from 254.8km

    15:34:06 CEST

    The generous Poland team has cut the gap to 4:30 now. They've done a huge favour for the rest of the peloton.

  110. 15:35:52 CEST

    The Spanish team is gathering at the front. So too is Great Britain.

  111. 15:37:27 CEST

    The orange jerseys of the Netherlands are also up there as the riders hit the top of the Confederacion climb and dive down the descent.

  112. 15:38:15 CEST

    The Italian has taken charge on the descent and seems ready to go on the offensive. Bennati leads the Squadra.

  113. 15:41:11 CEST

    Italy is on the attack, spitting out several riders from the back. 

  114. 15:42:23 CEST

    Fabio Aru is leading the Italians, with Nibali in 15th place over the top of the climb.

  115. 15:42:55 CEST

    The peloton is split and lined out and the pace is still high on the descent.

  116. 15:44:25 CEST

    The four pass the finish, they have been away for exactly 182km. They have four laps to go. 

  117. 15:45:33 CEST

    Italy is dragging the peloton to the finish area. A lot of riders are gulping for air. The race is on.

  118. 15:46:19 CEST

    Pete Kennaugh and Luke Rowe are tucked behind the Italians, with the Belgians also up there.

  119. 15:46:54 CEST

    The break is only 2:12 ahead.

  120. 15:50:36 CEST

    The roads are wet and slippy now. The umbrella's are out near the castle.

  121. 15:52:04 CEST

    Four of the Polish riders who lead the chase for much of the race have now climbed off. Their job, for whoever they were riding for, is done.

  122. 15:53:05 CEST

    At the head of the race, Quintero attacks alone.

  123. 15:54:44 CEST

    Italy go on the attack again. Aru and Visconti are powering away with several riders on their wheel.

  124. 15:55:13 CEST

    The peloton is splitting behind.

  125. 15:55:48 CEST

    There is a chase group but the peloton is further back.

  126. 15:56:35 CEST

    Italy has talked about a 'Calculated Chaos' strategy and this is what we are seeing.

  127. 15:57:51 CEST

    There are six riders in the front attack group. Kennaugh is there for Britain.

  128. 15:58:18 CEST

    Two Spaniards have jumped across and others are coming.

  129. 15:59:06 CEST

    A bigger group has formed and Spain seems to want to push the pace.

  130. 15:59:43 CEST

    Juul Jensen (Denmark) is also active in the move.

  131. 62km remaining from 254.8km

    16:00:35 CEST

    The front group has split as they near the top of the Confederacion climb.

  132. 16:01:14 CEST

    The peloton is 20 or so seconds behind.

  133. 16:02:22 CEST

    The leaders dive down the wet descent.

  134. 16:04:04 CEST

    The trio up front seems to have lost steam and other riders are jumping across. Boasson Hagen and Albasini have joined the move.

  135. 16:05:12 CEST

    Geschke is also there. These seem to be teams' second leaders, going on the attack to force other teams to work.

  136. 16:07:08 CEST

    Tim Wellens (Belgium) is also there, as other riders come across. Tony Martin (Germany) and Gianpaolo Caruso (Italy) too. 

  137. 16:07:25 CEST

    The peloton is 22 seconds behind.

  138. 16:07:51 CEST

    Australia is leading the chase.

  139. 16:08:33 CEST

    Dani Navarro is there for Spain and trying to get the riders to work smoothly together.

  140. 16:10:35 CEST

    Tony Martin has a slight lead after doing the descent tucked over his bars.

  141. 16:11:45 CEST

    It's surprising that Italy has decided to sacrifice Visconti and Caruso so early. It is difficult to understand who their leader will be in the finale. Nibali already seems to be off the pace.

  142. 16:12:12 CEST

    As the peloton passes the finish, the gap is 30 seconds.

  143. 16:12:36 CEST

    Australia seemed to miss the move and so is leading the chase.

  144. 16:14:07 CEST

    Martin has a 10-second gap as he time trials off the front.

  145. 16:15:23 CEST

    Sep Vanmarcke is also there for Belgium.

  146. 16:17:21 CEST

    There are 11 chasers at 20 seconds. 

  147. 50km remaining from 254.8km

    16:19:16 CEST

    The peloton seems to unworried by the attack. We will see on the climb to Confederacion.

  148. 16:20:57 CEST

    The peloton is still pretty big with five Australian riders on the front. It is 30 seconds down on the chasers, who are trying to pull back Tony Martin.

  149. 16:21:39 CEST

    Deignan (Ireland) brings up the rear of the peloton.

  150. 16:23:28 CEST

    Martin i in TT mode, carefully measuring his effort on the gradual climb.

  151. 16:25:50 CEST

    Several riders have already thrown in the towel, including Chris Froome (Great Britain).


  152. 16:27:12 CEST

    Martin's lead is down to just 15 seconds now.

  153. 16:28:05 CEST

    Belgium is near the front of the peloton as the riders reach the summit of the first climb.

  154. 16:28:44 CEST

    Martin cuts a smooth line through the wet corners. He will gain time on the chasers here.

  155. 16:28:58 CEST


  156. 16:29:28 CEST

    A lone rider has crashed but he does not seem to be part of the peloton.

  157. 16:33:51 CEST

    Martin is caught at the top of the Mirador climb as the chase group splits under the pressure. The peloton is at 40 seconds.

  158. 40km remaining from 254.8km

    16:34:53 CEST

    Martin is still leading the attackers as they tackle the descent. 

  159. 16:37:10 CEST

    Visconti is waving his arm, trying to get the riders to work together. However some riders know their team leader is in the peloton.

  160. 16:38:38 CEST

    There is a clear lack of collaboration in the break and the peloton is only 30 seconds behind, with two laps to race.

  161. 16:39:42 CEST

    Riders grab bottles from the pits and see team info from blackboards. No race radio are allowed in the world championships.

  162. 16:42:29 CEST

    On the streets of Ponferrada, Visconti has decided to go alone. He is hoping that other riders will join him and up the speed.

  163. 16:42:51 CEST

    However the peloton is only 20 seconds behind.

  164. 16:44:35 CEST

    Kennaugh is chasing Visconti, as the peloton closes down the other attackers.

  165. 16:45:31 CEST

    The Italian attack did not work, they will have to try another attack on the climbs if they want to distance the sprinters. 

  166. 16:46:24 CEST

    Albasini is trying to lead a chase quartet.

  167. 16:48:54 CEST

    The situation is very fluid as riders accelerate from the peloton. 

  168. 30km remaining from 254.8km

    16:49:44 CEST

    Visconti and Kennaugh have been caught, with De Marche going on the attack for Italy.

  169. 16:50:38 CEST

    The 4% climb is a good place for strong riders to attack but the road is long and straight.

  170. 16:52:21 CEST

    The elastic keeps stretching in the peloton but does not look like it will snap for now.

  171. 16:53:48 CEST

    Valgren is there for Denmark with De Marche and Gautier but they are being reeled in. 

  172. 16:54:18 CEST

    Spain is leading the chase behind.

  173. 16:57:13 CEST

    Belgium is near the front of the peloton but nobody is chasing.

  174. 16:57:40 CEST

    The gap is up to 30 seconds as the peloton hesitates.

  175. 16:58:39 CEST

    Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) has chipped off the front of the peloton and is chasing the attackers.

  176. 16:59:57 CEST

    The Dane up front is Andersen and they have a lead of 8 seconds on Kyiryienka. The peloton is at 32 seconds.

  177. 17:01:08 CEST

    Moreno is trying to go across after the steep but short Mirador climb. Behind the sprinters are hiding and suffering. Swift looked good, while Degenkolb seemed to be suffering.

  178. 20km remaining from 254.8km

    17:02:39 CEST

    There is just over a lap to go and this race could go any way. It's on a knife edge.

  179. 17:03:43 CEST

    The trio wait for Kiryienka in the hope he will help the attack stay away for as long as possible.

  180. 17:04:07 CEST

    The bell rings out to signal the last lap. 18.2km to go.

  181. 17:04:50 CEST

    There are six chasers with the peloton at 44 seconds.

  182. 17:05:19 CEST

    There are 70 riders in the peloton.

  183. 16km remaining from 254.8km

    17:06:37 CEST

    Fortunately the roads are dry in Ponferrada.

  184. 17:07:42 CEST

    Spain is leading the chase with help from Albasini of Switzerland, who is riding for Cancellara.

  185. 17:09:08 CEST

    The peloton is lined out, 35 seconds behind the attackers.

  186. 17:09:35 CEST

    Several teams seem to be riding for a sprint finish.

  187. 17:10:26 CEST

    Valgren Andersen is very strong and a threat up front along with De Marche and Kiryienka.

  188. 17:11:45 CEST

    Italy is near the front and seems to be trying to slow the chase.

  189. 17:12:57 CEST

    The gap is only 18 seconds as the Confederacion climb begins.

  190. 17:13:26 CEST

    Riders are suffering after 240km of racing.

  191. 12km remaining from 254.8km

    17:14:35 CEST

    Garmany is also near the front as a unit.

  192. 17:16:40 CEST

    Who is your favourite to win? In the CN blimp we're going for Gerrans of Australia. 

  193. 10km remaining from 254.8km

    17:17:19 CEST

    The break of four has just 15 seconds on the peloton.

  194. 17:19:10 CEST

    Valgren refuses to give up but the peloton is coming.

  195. 17:19:50 CEST

    Belgium is also helping with the chase. The final attacks will surely come on the short but steep Mirador climb.

  196. 17:20:53 CEST

    The four have just 10 seconds as the dive down the descent between the two climbs.

  197. 17:21:53 CEST

    They cross the dam, as does the peloton, with Kwiatkowski making a lone attack from the peloton.

  198. 17:22:30 CEST

    He has a 100m lead and crosses quickly to the attack. Five up front now.

  199. 17:22:53 CEST

    But the peloton is closing them down. They have less than 100m.

  200. 6km remaining from 254.8km

    17:23:36 CEST

    Kwiatkowski hits the final climb first. 

  201. 17:24:36 CEST

    Spain is  leading the peloton as the sprinters try to hang on.

  202. 17:25:37 CEST

    Rodriguez attacks and blows the peloton apart. Valverde is there too, plus Gerrans and Van Avermaet.

    Kwiatkowski is solo up front.

  203. 17:26:07 CEST

    Kwiatkowski has nine seconds at the summit, with the peloton at 15 seconds.

  204. 17:26:32 CEST

    Gilbert is also in the chase group.

  205. 17:27:12 CEST

    Kwiatkowski is trying to stay away all alone. he has 8 seconds on the chasers.

  206. 2km remaining from 254.8km

    17:27:52 CEST

    Gilbert is leading the chase.

  207. 17:28:21 CEST

    Behind Italy is riding for Colbrelli and has five riders. Germany is riding for Degenkolb.

  208. 1km remaining from 254.8km

    17:28:47 CEST

    Last Kilometre!

  209. 17:29:17 CEST

    The six can almost touch Kwiatkowski. He can win this!

  210. 17:29:46 CEST

    Michal Kwiatkowski wins the world title!

  211. 17:30:42 CEST

    Gerrans wins the sprint behind, only one second behind the Pole.

  212. 17:31:59 CEST

    Valverde finishes third yet again.

  213. 17:32:38 CEST

    Kwiatkowski took a huge risk by attacking before the final climb but it paid off.

  214. 17:34:01 CEST

    All the big-name sprinters were in the peloton but Kwiatkowski escaped their grasp.

  215. 17:36:09 CEST

    Kwiatkowski shook his head in disbelief as he neared the line. He then celebrated and kissed his Polish jersey.

  216. 17:37:03 CEST

    Kwiatkowski went across to the late break between the two climbs. He took a risk, went for it on the final climb and then stayed away to the finish.

  217. 17:40:17 CEST

    Kwiatkowski dedicated his rainbow jersey to his family but also to Poland after his teammates rode so well for him.

  218. 17:42:09 CEST

    What a race. A classic world championships with a surprise winner after Kwiatkowski blew the race apart and out powered the sprinters and their teams on the final lap.

  219. 17:44:30 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for our blow by blow live coverage.

    We will have a full report, photo gallery, interview and news from Ponferrada very soon.

    Our live coverage will return next Sunday for Il Lombardia, the last major Classic of the 2014 season.

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