Britain?s Johnny Bellis big grin and raised fist as he crossed the line in Stuttgart was a surefire sign of the 19-year-old?s delight at what he called ?the biggest success of my career so far.?

?It?s my first World [road race] Championships so I never expected this level of success.? Bellis said. ?Really it goes way beyond all expectations. I?m over the moon.?

Neither Ian Stannard or Ben Swift – Bellis two GB team-mates – were on brilliant form, Bellis said, so it was a question of seeing what he could do in the sprint.

?In the last five kilometres a lot of my time was spent trying to stay upright,? Bellis said. ?Every time a move went away it ended up getting clawed back again.?

?I got into the front part of the group on that last part of the climb up to the finish and then gave it my all. To come away with third is unbelievable.?

For a team with only three riders, Bellis said that his tactics were pretty much limited during the race to ?keeping in the main group and staying out of trouble. There wasn?t much more we could do, but it paid off in the end.?

2007 ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS

Bettini fires back

Comment: Stuttgart embarrassed by Worlds

Bellis: “Biggest success of my career”

Pooley: “My tenth place was earned by the team”

Bettini cleared to race by Stuttgart courts

McQuaid gives Bettini green light to race

Bettini in Worlds but Di Luca is out

Wiggins and Millar disappointed with TT ride

Bettini denies supplying drugs to Sinkewitz

Valverde can race at World Championships

Eddy Merckx not welcome at Worlds

Cooke out of Worlds, Brailsford names GB squad

British team get extra places for U23 Worlds

Boonen out of Worlds

Should Valverde ride the Worlds?

2007 ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE

Bettini back on top

Bellis takes Under-23 bronze

Gold and bronze for Italy in women’s road race

Cancellara retains World TT title

2007 Road World Championships preview

Elite Men Time Trial: full start list

Elite Women’s Time Trial: Pooley takes eighth,

Under-23 Time Trial: Boom takes second world title in 2007

TV guide: World Champs on British Eurosport

TV guide: World Champs on BBC

2007 ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTO GALLERIES

Elite Men’s Road Race

Elite Women’s Road Race

Under-23 Men Road Race

Elite Men’s Time Trial

Elite Women’s Time Trial World Championships

Men’s Under-23 Time Trial World Championships

2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

World Champs 2006: Cancellara nets gold in TT

World Champs 2006: Cooke blasts to bronze in Salzburg

EXTERNAL LINKS

Official 2007 Road World Championships website: www.radwm2007.com.

Union Cycliste Internationale: www.uci.ch.