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Gallery: Best of the Worlds 2014

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Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) becomes the 2014 World Champion

Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) becomes the 2014 World Champion
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A view of the climb on the Ponferrada circuit

A view of the climb on the Ponferrada circuit
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) raises his arm after being presented with the rainbow jersey

Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) raises his arm after being presented with the rainbow jersey
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Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) with her 2014 rainbow jersey

Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) with her 2014 rainbow jersey
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) tries on the rainbow jersey

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) tries on the rainbow jersey
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France are a happy team after winning the rainbow jersey

France are a happy team after winning the rainbow jersey
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Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) in the rainbow jersey with the gold medal

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) in the rainbow jersey with the gold medal
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Silver medallist Tony Martin (Germany) and rainbow jersey winner Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)

Silver medallist Tony Martin (Germany) and rainbow jersey winner Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) takes the rainbow jersey at the World Championships in Ponferrada

Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) takes the rainbow jersey at the World Championships in Ponferrada
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Campbell Flakemore takes gold and the rainbow jersey

Campbell Flakemore takes gold and the rainbow jersey
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Macey Stewart (Australia) offers a non-conventional podium pose

Macey Stewart (Australia) offers a non-conventional podium pose
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Norway's Sven Erik Bystrom is the gold medal winner

Norway's Sven Erik Bystrom is the gold medal winner
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Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) concentrates on his gold medal winning ride

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) concentrates on his gold medal winning ride
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Specialized-lululemon riders pose with their third gold medal in the TTT

Specialized-lululemon riders pose with their third gold medal in the TTT
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Orica-GreenEdge, BMC and Omega Pharma-QuickStep on the podium as the top three teams

Orica-GreenEdge, BMC and Omega Pharma-QuickStep on the podium as the top three teams
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) lines up with her teammates

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) lines up with her teammates
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland and Simon Gerrans (Australia) shake hands on the podium

Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland and Simon Gerrans (Australia) shake hands on the podium
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Simon Gerrans (Australia) contemplates what might have been

Simon Gerrans (Australia) contemplates what might have been
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Worlds podium (l-r): Simon Gerrans (Australia), Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) and Alejandro Valverde (Spain)

Worlds podium (l-r): Simon Gerrans (Australia), Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) and Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain) collected the bronze medal for the third straight year

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) collected the bronze medal for the third straight year
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Alejandro Valverde can only watch on

Alejandro Valverde can only watch on
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David Millar (Great Britain) abandoned his final ever race

David Millar (Great Britain) abandoned his final ever race
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) takes the win at Worlds

Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) takes the win at Worlds
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Alexander Kristoff (Norway)

Alexander Kristoff (Norway)
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The front end of the Norway team car was severely crumpled

The front end of the Norway team car was severely crumpled
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Cadel Evans (Australia)

Cadel Evans (Australia)
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The podium (l-r): Lisa Brennauer (Germany), Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) and Emma Johansson (Sweden)

The podium (l-r): Lisa Brennauer (Germany), Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) and Emma Johansson (Sweden)
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) on the podium

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) on the podium
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the sprint after a photo finish

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the sprint after a photo finish
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the sprint for gold

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the sprint for gold
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The scene of the big crash in the women's race

The scene of the big crash in the women's race
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Giorgia Bronzini remonstrates with Italian teammate Tatiana Guderzo

Giorgia Bronzini remonstrates with Italian teammate Tatiana Guderzo
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Specialized-lululemon were worthy of the favourites tag as they won the women's TTT

Specialized-lululemon were worthy of the favourites tag as they won the women's TTT
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 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) won the world title ahead of Anna Solovey (Ukraine) and Evelyn Stevens (USA)

Lisa Brennauer (Germany) won the world title ahead of Anna Solovey (Ukraine) and Evelyn Stevens (USA)
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Lisa Brennauer (Germany) shows her silver medal off to the crowds

Lisa Brennauer (Germany) shows her silver medal off to the crowds
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Lisa Brennauer (Germany) gets out of the saddle

Lisa Brennauer (Germany) gets out of the saddle
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Sven Erik Bystrom (Norway) gold, Caleb Ewan (Australia) silver, Kristoffer Skjerping (Norway) bronze

Sven Erik Bystrom (Norway) gold, Caleb Ewan (Australia) silver, Kristoffer Skjerping (Norway) bronze
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Here come the medals

Here come the medals
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Jim Ochowicz and Brian Cookson

Jim Ochowicz and Brian Cookson
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Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014

Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014
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BMC Racing team on the podium

BMC Racing team on the podium
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The podium: Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark), Macey Stewart (Australia) and Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) on the podium

The podium: Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark), Macey Stewart (Australia) and Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) on the podium
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Ryan Mullen in second after being beaten by less than half a second

Ryan Mullen in second after being beaten by less than half a second
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Lennard Kamna (Germany) the 2014 Junior world time trial champion

Lennard Kamna (Germany) the 2014 Junior world time trial champion
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Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) wins the junior women's Worlds title

Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) wins the junior women's Worlds title
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The 2014 Junior Men's world time trial podium

The 2014 Junior Men's world time trial podium
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Bradley Wiggins with Dave Brailsford and the Great Britain staff after claiming the gold medal

Bradley Wiggins with Dave Brailsford and the Great Britain staff after claiming the gold medal
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The 2014 Worlds logo

The 2014 Worlds logo
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A thumbs up from Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) after winning the gold medal

A thumbs up from Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) after winning the gold medal
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Tony Martin (Germany) rides to silver in the world time trial championships in 2014

Tony Martin (Germany) rides to silver in the world time trial championships in 2014
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Tony Martin (Germany) was disappointed to finish in second place

Tony Martin (Germany) was disappointed to finish in second place
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World champion Sven Erik Bystrom celebrates with teammate Kristoffer Skjerping who won bronze

World champion Sven Erik Bystrom celebrates with teammate Kristoffer Skjerping who won bronze
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Australia's Caleb Ewan takes the bunch sprint and the silver medal

Australia's Caleb Ewan takes the bunch sprint and the silver medal
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Norway's Sven Erik Bystrom wins the gold medal in the under-23 road race at Worlds

Norway's Sven Erik Bystrom wins the gold medal in the under-23 road race at Worlds
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Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) produced a perfect sprint

Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) produced a perfect sprint
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Alexandr Kulikovskiy (Russia), Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) and Peter Lenderink (Netherlands) on the podium

Alexandr Kulikovskiy (Russia), Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) and Peter Lenderink (Netherlands) on the podium
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Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) gets a taste of gold

Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) gets a taste of gold
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Rider start to pick themselves up and look for their bikes after a big crash

Rider start to pick themselves up and look for their bikes after a big crash
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For the first time in her career, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) missed out on a medal at the Worlds

For the first time in her career, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) missed out on a medal at the Worlds
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Lisa Brennauer (Germany) and Emma Johansson (Sweden) embrace after the podium

Lisa Brennauer (Germany) and Emma Johansson (Sweden) embrace after the podium
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Bronze went to Emma Johansson (Sweden)

Bronze went to Emma Johansson (Sweden)
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the World Championships

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the World Championships
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Lots of support for the international peloton

Lots of support for the international peloton
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Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) crashed early didn't make much impact on the race

Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) crashed early didn't make much impact on the race
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Get use to this landscape, as Ponferrada’s castle will be omnipresent on the Ponferrada’s Worlds TV coverage.

Get use to this landscape, as Ponferrada’s castle will be omnipresent on the Ponferrada’s Worlds TV coverage.
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) missed out on a medal at Worlds

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) missed out on a medal at Worlds
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain)

Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain)
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Defending champion Rui Costa (Portugal)

Defending champion Rui Costa (Portugal)
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John Degenkolb (Germany)

John Degenkolb (Germany)
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The legs of the 2014 Worlds podium

The legs of the 2014 Worlds podium
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BMC Racing head towards the win in the Worlds TTT

BMC Racing head towards the win in the Worlds TTT
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Team Sky rode to fourth in the Worlds TTT

Team Sky rode to fourth in the Worlds TTT
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The Ponferrada castle

The Ponferrada castle
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Lots of Spanish support at the Ponferrada castle

Lots of Spanish support at the Ponferrada castle
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Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)

Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
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Tom Boonen (Belgium)

Tom Boonen (Belgium)
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The Polish riders before the start

The Polish riders before the start
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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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