The 2014 World Championships concluded late on Sunday afternoon in Ponferrada with Michal Kwiatkowski claiming the first elite men's rainbow jersey for Poland. The race was the last of 12 that took place during the seven-day event.
The 24-year-old's daring attack in the final seven kilometres of the 254km race was a fitting end to the seventh edition a Spanish World Championships which witnessed plenty of thrills and spills.
In the women's road race, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) missed the podium for the first time in her career as her trade teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) proved the quickest in the small bunch sprint in a race marred by a huge crash that sent 13 riders to hospital.
In his last appearance at the Worlds in the individual time trial, Bradley Wiggins was victorious as he completed his set of national, World and Olympic titles. Lisa Brennauer put in an impressive ride to win the women's race against the clock in the first of three German gold medals.
It wasn't just the professionals providing the highlights though as Amalie Dideriksen confirmed her talent on the big stage, while Sven Erik Bystrøm (Norway) and Campbell Flakemore (Australia) both sealed break through wins in the U23 category and Jonas Bokeloh and Lennard Kämna both won junior gold medals to further illustrate the rise of German cycling.
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