Sunday 14 October- 9:30 - Elite Men's Road Race - 254.1 km (21 laps)

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15:35 GMT - Lap 21
Five kilometres to go, they're on the descent and it's Beloki setting the tempo, followed by Bruylandts. Simoni is looking behind him now. At least Lanfranchi has stopped chasing. Simoni is caught, it's going to be a sprint. Place your bets on Zabel, Tchmil and Freire.

Casagrande counters, but Przydzial chases him down. Watch out for Spruch...

Tchmil attacks with 2 kilometres to go, Dekker on his wheel, and Levi Leipheimer. Tchmil attacks again with 1.5 km to go. Italians on his wheel.

1 km to go: Boogerd attacks on the inside, but Zabel is right there in third wheel. Zabel has no lead out though. Ullrich is trying to come up and lead him out. It's an indecisive sprint. Dekker leads out, here comes Freire - he wins it! Bettini second, Hauptman third, Dekker fourth, Zabel fifth

Scott Sunderland " The Italians are starting the sprint. Zabel is going but Freire is stronger. Freire is World Champion! What a great finish this is! Freire makes a nice World Champion. He looked strong the whole race! The whole peloton was afraid to ride during the first half of the race; this was perfect for riders like Zabel and Freire. Freire was definitely the strongest there today in the sprint, he took the right position in the finish, against the barriers, a fantastic sprint and a win very much deserved."

Lap 21 time: 15:53 (45.71 km/h)
Total time: 6:07:20 (41.504 km/h)


1 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa)        6.07.21 (40.504 km/h)
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita)
3 Andrej Hauptman (Slo)
4 Erik Dekker (Ned)
5 Erik Zabel (Ger)
6 Piotr Wadecki (Pol)
7 Giuliano Figueras (Ita)
8 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus)
9 Tomas Konecny (Cze)
10 Beat Zberg (Swi)

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