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Peter Sagan waves the Slovakian flag above his head

Peter Sagan waves the Slovakian flag above his head
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A delighted Peter Sagan celebrates his road race victory

A delighted Peter Sagan celebrates his road race victory
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Huge crowds watch on during the men's road race

Huge crowds watch on during the men's road race
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Lizzie Armistead checks her medal is real gold

Lizzie Armistead checks her medal is real gold
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Evelyn Stevens rides past one of the murals on the Richmond time trial course

Evelyn Stevens rides past one of the murals on the Richmond time trial course
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Tom Boonen congratulates Peter Sagan after winning the world championships

Tom Boonen congratulates Peter Sagan after winning the world championships
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Norway's Alexander Kristoff was a big pre-race favourite

Norway's Alexander Kristoff was a big pre-race favourite
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Libby Hill was the place to be for the fans all week

Libby Hill was the place to be for the fans all week
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Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) contemplating what could have been

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) contemplating what could have been
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The women's road race podium of Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands), Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain) and Megan Guarnier (USA)

The women's road race podium of Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands), Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain) and Megan Guarnier (USA)
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Lizzie Armitstead and her Great Britain teammates can hardly believe they've won gold

Lizzie Armitstead and her Great Britain teammates can hardly believe they've won gold
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Lizzie Armitstead was the most consistent rider in season 2015 and was a worthy winner of the women's road race

Lizzie Armitstead was the most consistent rider in season 2015 and was a worthy winner of the women's road race
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Two-time former champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) was forced to walk across the line after suffering a mechanical late on the last lap

Two-time former champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) was forced to walk across the line after suffering a mechanical late on the last lap
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Leo Appelt went cyclo-cross during the junior men's road race

Leo Appelt went cyclo-cross during the junior men's road race
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Felix Gall (Austria) won the junior men's road race

Felix Gall (Austria) won the junior men's road race
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The contrasting emotion of the junior men's road race podium

The contrasting emotion of the junior men's road race podium
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Clement Betouigt-Suire (France) throws his bike on the line but its Felix Gall (Austria) taking home gold

Clement Betouigt-Suire (France) throws his bike on the line but its Felix Gall (Austria) taking home gold
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Kevin Ledanois' (France) late attack just held off the fast finishing Simone Consonni (Italy)

Kevin Ledanois' (France) late attack just held off the fast finishing Simone Consonni (Italy)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) looks back to see the fast finishing peloton closing in

Kevin Ledanois (France) looks back to see the fast finishing peloton closing in
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The U23 men's road podium of Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis (France)

The U23 men's road podium of Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis (France)
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The U23 French team holds Kevin Ledanois aloft

The U23 French team holds Kevin Ledanois aloft
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The USA team won a medal in the road race for the first time in 21 years with Megan Guarnier

The USA team won a medal in the road race for the first time in 21 years with Megan Guarnier
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The Norwegian fans were out in force all week

The Norwegian fans were out in force all week
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Peter Sagan high-fived riders as they finished including Tom Boonen

Peter Sagan high-fived riders as they finished including Tom Boonen
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Peter Sagan throws his bike away and starts his celebrations

Peter Sagan throws his bike away and starts his celebrations
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The moment the race was won when Peter Sagan (Slovakia) powered away from Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)

The moment the race was won when Peter Sagan (Slovakia) powered away from Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
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Defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) looking dejected post-race

Defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) looking dejected post-race
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Tiesj Benoot (Belgium) leading the peloton up Libby Hill where the crowds came out in force

Tiesj Benoot (Belgium) leading the peloton up Libby Hill where the crowds came out in force
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Michael Matthews (Australia) looking disappointed with silver

Michael Matthews (Australia) looking disappointed with silver
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Michael Matthews (Australia) was betting on a sprint finish but not on Peter Sagan successfully attacking

Michael Matthews (Australia) was betting on a sprint finish but not on Peter Sagan successfully attacking
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The men's road race podium of Michael Matthews (Australia), Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania). It was the first time all three had made the podium in the elite race

The men's road race podium of Michael Matthews (Australia), Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania). It was the first time all three had made the podium in the elite race
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Peter Sagan getting the rock star treatment from his Slovakia team on the podium

Peter Sagan getting the rock star treatment from his Slovakia team on the podium
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Peter Sagan plays around on the podium, pretending to eat his gold medal

Peter Sagan plays around on the podium, pretending to eat his gold medal
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia) has time to enjoy his victory celebration

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) has time to enjoy his victory celebration
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia) checks back to the chasing group in the final kilometre

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) checks back to the chasing group in the final kilometre
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American fans certainly get into dress up

American fans certainly get into dress up
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France went first and third in the U23 race thanks to Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis

France went first and third in the U23 race thanks to Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis
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There was a subdued celebration from Chloe Dygert as she did the double in the junior women's time trial and road race

There was a subdued celebration from Chloe Dygert as she did the double in the junior women's time trial and road race
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Chloe Dygert (USA) powers to the junior women's time trial title

Chloe Dygert (USA) powers to the junior women's time trial title
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The U23 men's time trial hot set can be a tense place

The U23 men's time trial hot set can be a tense place
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Mads Würtz Schmidt (Denmark) with his U23 time trial gold medal

Mads Würtz Schmidt (Denmark) with his U23 time trial gold medal
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Denmark) and Lennard Kamna (Germany) made up the U23 men's time trial podium

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Denmark) and Lennard Kamna (Germany) made up the U23 men's time trial podium
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The start and finish line of the road races

The start and finish line of the road races
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Of course the American flag was flying

Of course the American flag was flying
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The finish line straight of the road races

The finish line straight of the road races
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Daniel Oss and Manuel Quinziato had the strangest podium celebrations of the week after BMC defended its team time trial title

Daniel Oss and Manuel Quinziato had the strangest podium celebrations of the week after BMC defended its team time trial title
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The entire BMC team and staff on the podium after the defence of its team time trial title

The entire BMC team and staff on the podium after the defence of its team time trial title
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The team time trial podium of Etixx-Quick Step, BMC and Movistar

The team time trial podium of Etixx-Quick Step, BMC and Movistar
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Rohan Dennis driving BMC to team time trial victory

Rohan Dennis driving BMC to team time trial victory
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Boels-Dolmans, Velocio-SRAM and Rabo-Liv made up the women's team time trial podium

Boels-Dolmans, Velocio-SRAM and Rabo-Liv made up the women's team time trial podium
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Velocio-SRAM won its fourth and final team time trial in Richmond

Velocio-SRAM won its fourth and final team time trial in Richmond
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Velocio-SRAM riders celebrate winning the team time trial title

Velocio-SRAM riders celebrate winning the team time trial title
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Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) repeated her bronze medal was 12 months ago in the junior women's catergory

Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) repeated her bronze medal was 12 months ago in the junior women's catergory
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A beaming Emma White (USA) celebrating silver against the clock

A beaming Emma White (USA) celebrating silver against the clock
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Emma White, Chloe Dygert (USA) and Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland) were the junior women's road race podium

Emma White, Chloe Dygert (USA) and Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland) were the junior women's road race podium
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Emma White (USA) celebrates silver in the road race, repeating her time trial result in the junior women's races

Emma White (USA) celebrates silver in the road race, repeating her time trial result in the junior women's races
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Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland) struggles to believe she's won bronze in the junior women's road race

Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland) struggles to believe she's won bronze in the junior women's road race
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Vasil Kiryienka waving the Belarus national flag above his head

Vasil Kiryienka waving the Belarus national flag above his head
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The men's time trial podium featured none of the pre-race favourites as Adriano Malori (Italy, Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France) proved too good on the day

The men's time trial podium featured none of the pre-race favourites as Adriano Malori (Italy, Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France) proved too good on the day
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Three time world champion against the clock Tony Martin (Germany) didn't have the answers to his ride as he missed the podium completely

Three time world champion against the clock Tony Martin (Germany) didn't have the answers to his ride as he missed the podium completely
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) wondering where he could have made up the time to claim the rainbow jersey

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) wondering where he could have made up the time to claim the rainbow jersey
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Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) takes a minute to fins her breath after finishing second in the women's time trial

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) takes a minute to fins her breath after finishing second in the women's time trial
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Defending champion Lisa Brennauer (Germany) could only manage third in the time trial

Defending champion Lisa Brennauer (Germany) could only manage third in the time trial
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Linda Villumsen had finished on the time trial Worlds podium four times previous to her Richmond victory. Post race though, all the talk surrounded her choice of bike

Linda Villumsen had finished on the time trial Worlds podium four times previous to her Richmond victory. Post race though, all the talk surrounded her choice of bike
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The women's time trial podium of Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands), Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) and isa Brennauer (Germany)

The women's time trial podium of Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands), Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) and isa Brennauer (Germany)
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Junior men's time trial champion Leo Appelt with his national flag

Junior men's time trial champion Leo Appelt with his national flag
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Leo Appelt in the middle of a USA sandwich on the junior men's time trial podium with Adrien Costa on the left and Brandon McNulty on the right

Leo Appelt in the middle of a USA sandwich on the junior men's time trial podium with Adrien Costa on the left and Brandon McNulty on the right
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The junior women's time trial podium of Emma White (USA), Chloe Dygert (USA) and Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)

The junior women's time trial podium of Emma White (USA), Chloe Dygert (USA) and Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)
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Velocio-SRAM riders cannot believe they've won a fourth title

Velocio-SRAM riders cannot believe they've won a fourth title
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The UCI Road World Championships are over for another year with Richmond playing a successful host 19 years after the first Worlds were held in North America.

In the team time trials, BMC Racing defended its title while Velocio-SRAM won an unprecedented fourth title in what proved to be its last race as a team.

Vasil Kiryienka was an upset victor in the men's time trial ahead of Adriano Malori and Jerome Coppel. In the women's time trial, the focus turned to the bike of choice for Linda Vilusmen who defied team orders to ride a Willier and claimed the gold medal after four previous visits to the podium.

Chloe Dygert and Emma White took gold and silver in the junior women's time trial then doubled up a few days later, repeating the result in the road race. In the junior men's races, Leo Appelt (Germany) was too fast for the American duo of Adrien Costa and Brandon McNulty against the clock. In the road race, Felix Gall (Austria) got the better of France's Clément Bétouigt-Suire on the line as Rasmus Pedersen (Denmark) took home bronze.

The U23 men's road race belonged to France as they claimed gold with Kévin Ledanois and bronze via Anthony Turgis with Simone Consonni taking silver. In the time trial, Mads Würtz Schmidt added the U23 title to his junior men's win ahead of Germany's Maximilian Schachmann and Lennard Kämna.

In the women's road race, Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) proved to be the strongest rider in the peloton as she outkicked Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) and Megan Guarnier (United States of America) for her first rainbow jersey on the road.

The championships concluded Sunday afternoon with Peter Sagan (Slovakia) attacking on 23rd Street and powering away to claim his first road rainbow jersey ahead of Michael Matthews (Australia).

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