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US rider Amber Neben before the start

US rider Amber Neben before the start (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Christine Thorburn (USA)

Christine Thorburn (USA) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The elite women's field

The elite women's field (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Australia's Helen Kelly

Australia's Helen Kelly (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Amber Neben (USA)

Amber Neben (USA) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Though not steep, the hills were constant enough

Though not steep, the hills were constant enough (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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New Zealand's Tamara Boyd

New Zealand's Tamara Boyd (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Svitlana Semchouk (Ukraine)

Svitlana Semchouk (Ukraine) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Kristin Armstrong (USA) behind Spain's Eneritz Iturriaga Echevarria Mazag

Kristin Armstrong (USA) behind Spain's Eneritz Iturriaga Echevarria Mazag (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Christiane Soeder (Austria)

Christiane Soeder (Austria) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Charlotte Goldsmith (Great Britain.)

Charlotte Goldsmith (Great Britain.) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Nicole Cooke on the big screen

Nicole Cooke on the big screen (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Veronika Sharametsyeva (Belarus)

Veronika Sharametsyeva (Belarus) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Bogumila Matusiak (Poland)

Bogumila Matusiak (Poland) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Think it's hard parking one of these at the top of l'Alpe d'Huez?

Think it's hard parking one of these at the top of l'Alpe d'Huez? (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Did someone say that this course was going to be flat?

Did someone say that this course was going to be flat? (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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U23 riders Aliaksei Polushkin (Belarus)

U23 riders Aliaksei Polushkin (Belarus) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Ukrainian riders animated the U23 race

Ukrainian riders animated the U23 race (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Australia's James Meadley

Australia's James Meadley (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The gradual climb up Avenida de Austurias

The gradual climb up Avenida de Austurias (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Italy's Tiziano Dall'Antonia

Italy's Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine)

Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Will Walker

Will Walker (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Lucas Persson (Sweden)

Lucas Persson (Sweden) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The U23 boys

The U23 boys (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The 'official' Holland House...

The 'official' Holland House... (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Ahh, the Dutch!

Ahh, the Dutch! (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Il Diablo fancied a trip to Madrid

Il Diablo fancied a trip to Madrid (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Spanish pride at home

Spanish pride at home (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The Iberian good life:

The Iberian good life: (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Saul Raisin (US) and Dmitriy Muravyev (Kazakhstan)

Saul Raisin (US) and Dmitriy Muravyev (Kazakhstan) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Mathew Hayman (Australia) next to Switzerland's Grégory Rast

Mathew Hayman (Australia) next to Switzerland's Grégory Rast (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Four hours into the race

Four hours into the race (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Saeiditanha Abbas (Iran)

Saeiditanha Abbas (Iran) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Tom Southam (Great Britain)

Tom Southam (Great Britain) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Paolo Bettini

Paolo Bettini (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Paolo Bettini

Paolo Bettini (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Ireland's David McCann

Ireland's David McCann (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The man know how to spectate:

The man know how to spectate: (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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It wasn't to be Alessandro Petacchi's day

It wasn't to be Alessandro Petacchi's day (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Paolo Bettini and Alexandre Vinokourov

Paolo Bettini and Alexandre Vinokourov (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The lethally level-headed Belgian Tom Boonen

The lethally level-headed Belgian Tom Boonen (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Guido Trenti (USA)

Guido Trenti (USA) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Robbie McEwen and Alessandro Petacchi

Robbie McEwen and Alessandro Petacchi (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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John Lieswyn (USA)

John Lieswyn (USA) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Simon Gerrans (Asutralia)

Simon Gerrans (Asutralia) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Cédric Vasseur (France)

Cédric Vasseur (France) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Markus Fothen and Matthias Kessler (Germany)

Markus Fothen and Matthias Kessler (Germany) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Igor Astarloa (Spain)

Igor Astarloa (Spain) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Marc Wauters and Peter Van Petegem (Belgium)

Marc Wauters and Peter Van Petegem (Belgium) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Thor Hushovd (Norway)

Thor Hushovd (Norway) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Jimmy Casper (France)

Jimmy Casper (France) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Rolf Aldag (Germany)

Rolf Aldag (Germany) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Rodney Green (South Africa)

Rodney Green (South Africa) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Björn Leukemans (Belgium)

Björn Leukemans (Belgium) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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The Boonen fan club

The Boonen fan club (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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They didn't get their man to the line first

They didn't get their man to the line first (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands)

Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Nick Nuyens (Belgium)

Nick Nuyens (Belgium) (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Tom Boonen fans having a serious post-race rage

Tom Boonen fans having a serious post-race rage (Image credit: Mark Johnson)
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Proudly celebrating Boonen's win

Proudly celebrating Boonen's win (Image credit: Mark Johnson)

World Championships pictorial special, October 6, 2005

This year's World Championships in Madrid was touted as the perfect sprinter's course - flat, fast with enough challenges to weed out the pretenders before the big guns hit out for the win. Or so it seemed. The parcours proved far more challenging than first thought, providing the perfect opportunity for a big classics specialist to power away after riding a tactical race. Two stars of the present (and certainly for the future), Tom Boonen and Alejandro Valverde, fought it out after pre-race favourites such as Petacchi and McEwen fell by the wayside.

In the women's and U23 races the story was a similar one; a tough parcours meant only the strongest riders made it through with any chance of the win. The form rider in the women's peloton, Germany's Regina Schleicher, took the win in a bunch gallop, holding off quality riders such as Nicole Cooke and Oenone Wood. In the U23 men's race it was survival of the fittest, and young Ukrainian rider Dmytro Grabovskyy was the strongest on the day, winning by a sizeable margin from Australia's Will Walker and Russian Evgeny Popov. There were some surprises, but at day's end it was arguably the rider of the year in 2005 that took home the major prize, and nobody was disputing that. The following pictures display the challenges and the colour that Madrid provided for riders and fans alike, courtesy of Mark Johnson.

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