Worlds of Wonder
There's something about UCI Road World Championships... The coming of fall. The debates over which riders have maintained their forms for this late-season test. The national-team kids. The Rainbow Jersey. We've compiled some stunning images from our friends at BrakeThrough Media from this year's UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. Powered by RED 22, SRAM athletes performed incredibly. Enjoy these photo highlights of their efforts.
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Captured forever in this image is the moment of victory for elite men's winner Michal Kwiatkowski, who rides for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Pro Cycling. He became the first Polish ever to win a UCI Road World Championships.
OPQS' Tony Martin of Germany always gives a full effort.
The faces show the tough conditions facing the elite men Sunday.
The elite women's race featured a course that was as tough as it was fan-filled and scenic.
Germany's Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) took the worlds by storm. After her first gold medal in the team time trial with her Specialized-Lululemon teammates she won the individual time trial and took the silver medal at the road race.
SRAM RED rolling along for Team USA.
The race of attrition begins.
The elite women's race was comprised of 134 riders from 39 nations.
OPQS rider Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic) in the quiet but tense moments before the start. He'd finish 29th. It was a solid result for the first-year pro.
Young OPQS pro Pieter Serry (Belgium) rides to 31st place in his first UCI World ITT Championship. ©BrakeThrough Media / Sonoko TANAKA
Germany's Tony Martin, who rides for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, gave his all in the individual time trial. After three straight victories in the indivudal time trial at the world championships, Martin took silver in a hard-fought race against Bradley Wiggins.
Germany's Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) on her way to gold in the individual time trial.
Rain adds an extra challenge to the already difficult discipline of time trialing.
American Evelyn Stevens, who rides for Specialized-Lululemon, rode to a bronze medal in the elite women's individual time trial.
Germany's Lisa Brennauer, center, on the podium with gold with bronze winner Evelyn Stevens of the United States. Both women rode SRAM RED 22.
The U.S.-based women's Optum Pro Cycling Team raced to fourth place in the women's team time trial.
The women of Specialized-Lululeomon celebrate another team time trial gold.
The Dutch-based Boels Dolmans Cycling Team holds a good formation on their way to a fifth place finish in the team time trial.
A beautiful backdrop as Cannondale Pro Cycling races to what would be a ninth place finish in the team time trial.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Pro Cycling ready to start.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step earned bronze after two straight team time trial world championships.