The 2013 Road cycling World Championships were held in and around Florence, Italy and comprised of the team time trial, individual time trial and road race. Here is a brief rundown on the winners of the Rainbow jersey and the bikes used.
Team Time Trial (TTT)
Photo: AP Photo / Fabrizio Giovannozzi
Specialized-Lululemon raced around the 42.7km course in a winning time of 51:10 which equates to an average of over 50km/h.
Omega Pharma won the 56.8km TTT, ahead of Orica GreenEdge by 0.81 seconds, ironically the same margin that Orica beat them by in the Tour TTT.
Individual Time Trial (ITT)
The favorite rode away with the title 24 seconds ahead of New Zealand's Villumsen, clocking 27:48 on the flat 22.05km course.
No surprises in the TT results for elite men. The usual suspects came out taking the top three podium positions. Martin finished the 56.8km course in Florence with a time of 1:05:36:65. Wiggins was 46 seconds back.
Defending Champion Vos has now gone back to back in the elite women's road race, winning in Florence in a convincing fashion. The sprint for second came 15 seconds after Vos had crossed the line.
We have also created a comparison of the top road bikes of this year's road race.
Rui Costa capped off a brilliant year with a rainbow jersey, proving too strong in very difficult conditions in Florence. Bad weather and crashes decimated the field. Cadel Evans reported overhearing in the radiology unit:
"If all the riders are here, who's in the race?"
A tough day indeed! The champions have been crowned, keep an eye out for them in the peloton next year wearing the rainbow jersey and riding some of the most advanced bicycle's currently available.