Peter Sagan soloed to victory in the final five kilometres of the UCI World Championships road race in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday

After so many second-place finishes this season, Peter Sagan wrapped his year up with the biggest win of them all, holding off most of the best riders in the professional peloton to become the world champion.

The Slovakian was one of the favourites for the race, but with only two teammates in the field he had his work cut out to win the rainbow stripes. But a well timed attack at the end of a gruelling 261km course saw Sagan storm to victory in Richmond, Virginia.

With a gap over the chasing pack, Sagan gave everything he had to keep away and an unorganised chase group did him some favours as they left their attacks too late to dethrone the Tinkoff-Saxo rider.

Rarely has there been a more popular winner of the race, such is Sagan’s standing on the world stage, as was shown as he was congratulated by his fellow riders as he paraded up and down the road after the finish line.

Sagan will undoubtedly do the rainbow stripes proud, but for now let’s celebrate his Stateside achievement.