Costa Wins World Road Race Championship

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09/30/2013| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
World Champion Rui Costa (Portugal) on the podium with Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde Fotoreporter Sirotti

Costa Wins World Road Race Championship

Yesterday, 2008 world road race champion Alessandro Ballan said, “…we could end up with a surprise winner.” Ballan should consider becoming a clairvoyant when his racing days are done. Today, Rui Costa (Portugal) surprised everyone, including himself, by winning the world road race championship.

have been there, but I couldn't be. Second and third are worth being happy about, and you have to congratulate Rui because he was the best.”

Rodriguez was inconsolable. He wept on the podium and at the postrace press conference. “The situation was perfect for Spain, because I told Alejandro to go on the wheel of whoever chased after me,” he said. “When I saw Rui Costa come across alone, I didn’t understand what had happened, but I knew I was riding for second.” He added, "We can run through a million scenarios, but the only thing that counts is if you win, and I didn't win today."

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