I Did It!
With enough time in hand to celebrate his surprise victory, Michal Kwiatkowski, made a meal of it. First clasping his face in disbelief, then swinging his arms wide in victory. He crossed the line reaching down to kiss the Polish flag emblazoned upon his jersey. He was chased all the way to the line, with Simon Gerrans (Australia) claiming the silver and Alejandro Valverde (Spain) grabbing bronze for the second year running. While Kwiatkowski is new to the Worlds, Valverde has been on the podium seven times now, just never on the top step. Just slipping into fourth place was the Danish rider, Matti Breschel, who had started the attacks that led this group to the line almost together.