Sánchez rues fourth place finish at Worlds

Spain's World Championship team professed themselves generally happy with their performance in Mendrisio, which saw Joaquím 'Purito' Rodríguez claim the bronze medal behind Cadel Evans (Australia) and Alexandr Kolobnev (Russia). However, there was a feeling of 'what might have been', particularly from Samuel Sánchez, who felt he had the legs to add the world title to the Olympic crown he won in Beijing last year.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).