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Silver medallist Kolobnev wistful after his second place

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Joaquím Rodríguez (Spain) took the bronze medal.

Joaquím Rodríguez (Spain) took the bronze medal. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alexandr Kolobnev (Russia) with his World Championship silver medal.

Alexandr Kolobnev (Russia) with his World Championship silver medal. (Image credit: Sirotti)

Of the two non-gold medallists in the road race World Championship, it was, perhaps surprisingly, Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia who appeared most disappointed. The silver medallist out-sprinted Joaquin Rodriguez for second place, though afterwards he was left rueing the one that got away. Cadel Evans (Australia) had won gold with a bold solo move.

"I had the legs and the strength to follow Evans," said Kolobnev, who was one of the main aggressors on the final lap. Kolobnev attacked powerfully, on the first of the two climbs. On that occasion he was brought back, but he joined Evans in chasing after Rodriguez on the approach to the second and final climb, and seemed well-placed to go for the win.

"If he'd slowed 3km from the finish [just before the summit], I could have caught him," said Kolobnev. "But on the uphill, he pushed a lot, he was strong. I couldn't make it [across to him] by myself. But if the gap had been closer, I could have done it."

Rodriguez, who was one of three Spaniards in the final nine man lead group, claimed that neither he nor his team were disappointed with his bronze medal. "It was very important for the whole team [to win a medal]. We had an agreement at the beginning of the race to work together; everyone did an excellent job, and we're content to have won a medal."

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