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2008 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

The Men's Individual Road Race of the 2008 UCI Road World Championships cycling event took place on September 28 in Varese, Italy. The course comprised 15 laps around 17.35-kilometre route, making a total distance of 260.25 km. Each lap featured two ascents: the first at Via Montello (6.5% gradient for 1.15 kilometres); and the second at Ronchi (4.5% for 3.13 kilometres).[1] The highest elevation measured 480 metres (1,570 ft) at Via Montello.

Men's Individual Road Race
2008 UCI Road World Championships
The peloton during the race
The peloton during the race
Race details
DatesSeptember 29, 2008
Distance260.25 km (161.7 mi)
Winning time6h 37' 30"
   Gold  Alessandro Ballan (ITA) (Italy)
   Silver  Damiano Cunego (ITA) (Italy)
   Bronze  Matti Breschel (DEN) (Denmark)
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Pre-race favourites included Paolo Bettini, who was trying for an unprecedented third consecutive title, and the 1999, 2001 and 2004 champion Óscar Freire.[2]

The race was won by Alessandro Ballan, with his fellow Italian Damiano Cunego in second and Matti Breschel of Denmark taking the bronze medal.[3]


Top ten finishersEdit

Cyclist Country Time
1 Alessandro Ballan   Italy 06h 37'30"
2 Damiano Cunego   Italy at 3"
3 Matti Breschel   Denmark s.t.
4 Davide Rebellin   Italy s.t.
5 Andriy Hrivko   Ukraine s.t.
6 Joaquim Rodríguez   Spain s.t.
7 Fabian Wegmann   Germany s.t.
8 Christian Pfannberger   Austria s.t.
9 Nick Nuyens   Belgium s.t.
10 Robert Gesink   Netherlands s.t.

Nation qualificationEdit

14 to be enrolled, 9 to start
9 to be enrolled, 6 to start
  South Africa
  United States
  Great Britain
5 to be enrolled, 3 to start
  New Zealand
  Czech Republic
2 to be enrolled, 1 to start
  Costa Rica
  Sri Lanka


  1. ^ "Courses - Road Races". Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  2. ^ "Cooke leads GB Worlds challenge". BBC Sport. 2008-09-22. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  3. ^ "Road Cycling Worlds 2008". BBC Sport. 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2009-04-30.

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