Michal Kwiatkowski wins elite men's road world title

Michal Kwiatkowski attacks over final climb to win men's elite road race

Michael Kwiatkowski wins the men's road race at the 2014 World Road Championships. Photo: Graham Watson

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Michal Kwiatkowski has become the first Polish road cycling world champion having held off a charging chase in Ponferrada, Spain to win gold in the elite men's event today.

Kwiatkowski celebrated a narrow victory over Simon Gerrans (Australia) and Alejandro Valverde (Spain) in what was a gutsy display from the 24-year-old and his national team that used all of its resources quite early in the 254.8km race that comprised 14 laps of an undulating 18.2km circuit.

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