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Rui Costa edges Rodriguez for cycling world title

Portugal's Rui Costa prevails over star-studded field in grueling road race at cycling worlds

Cyclists ride past the Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica, during the men's elite race at the road cycling world championships, in Florence, Italy, Sunday...
Cyclists ride past the Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica, during the men's elite race, at the road cycling world championships, in Florence, Italy, Sunda...
A cyclist is silhouetted as he rides past the San Giovanni Baptistery during the men's elite race, at the road cycling world championships, in Florenc...

Italy Road Cycling Worlds

Cyclists ride past the Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica, during the men's elite race at the road cycling world championships, in Florence, Italy, Sunday...

Italy Road Cycling Worlds

Cyclists ride past the Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica, during the men's elite race, at the road cycling world championships, in Florence, Italy, Sunda...

Italy Road Cycling Worlds

A cyclist is silhouetted as he rides past the San Giovanni Baptistery during the men's elite race, at the road cycling world championships, in Florenc...

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- Alberto Rui Costa of Portugal prevailed over a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships Sunday, edging Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain in a two-man sprint finish.

Rodriguez attacked several times in the final lap of a hilly circuit but Rui Costa caught him in the finishing straight and easily won the sprint for the biggest victory of his career.

Rui Costa clocked 7 hours, 25 minutes, 43 seconds over the marathon-like 272-kilometer (169-mile) route.

Rodriguez crossed with the same time and Alejandro Valverde of Spain finished third, 17 seconds behind.

The course started in Lucca near the coast and ended with 10 laps of a difficult 16.6-kilometer (10.3-mile) circuit in and around Florence.

Heavy rain fell for much of the race.


Updated : 2021-10-16 20:59 GMT+08:00