UCI Road World Championships: Elite Men Road Race

Movistar Team's Costa and Valverde Take Gold and Bronze on SRM

Rui Costa claimed a historic rainbow jersey in Florence after one of the toughest World Championships in recent years. Movistar teammate, Alejandro Valverde, took bronze,  his fifth medal in the event - a highly successful result for the SRM sponsored Movistar Team.

The SRM Race Files from Costa and Valverde are featured below.

Elite Men Road: Rui Costa (Portugal)

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Rui Costa completed the 272.26km race in 7:25:44. His average power was 240.8 watts with an average cadence of 70 rpm. Costa's race effort required over 6,000 kilocalories as he climbed 2,700 meters and maintained an average heart rate of 147 bpm.

Race Averages

Time 7:25:44 min (race)
AVG Power 240.8 watts
AVG Heart rate 147 bpm
AVG Speed not available
AVG Cadence 70.0 rpm
ALT Gain 2,709 meters
Distance 272.26 kilometers
Energy 6,422.38 kilojoules

Costa: Final Lap to Victory

In the bell lap an attack by Joaquim Rodríguez left only five riders at the front, with Costa and Valverde- against Nibali, Rodríguez and Urán, who crashed into the last Fiesole descent. Playing for the medals, another move from Rodríguez forced Nibali to react on his own pace and later took Rui to counter with 1.5k remaining.

With Valverde out of energy to control him, Costa went on the perfect launching platform to sprint in a 'tête-à-tête' with Rodríguez and snatch the gold medal and the rainbow jersey, the first Movistar Team riders have claimed in their history. www.movistarteam.com 

"The World Championships are always sort of a lottery, difficult to win. It's hard, even more in a race like this, with soaking rain, especially in the first three hours." - Rui Costa

Elite Men Road: Alejandro Valverde (Spain)

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"I didn't rule out Rui's chances - I knew he was as dangerous as Nibali and I shouldn't be leaving him go ahead, but after 270k, the legs did not respond so well, and those meters he took into the turn... I couldn't close it. I should have been there, but I couldn't. Taking second and third is something to be happy about, and we must congratulate him - he was the best today." - Valverde
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