Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Evans Australia's First Road Race World Champ

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Evans Australia's First Road Race World Champ

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CADEL Evans has become Australia's first cycling road race world champion, winning Sunday's event in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Evans finished the 262.2km race in six hours, 56 minutes and 26 seconds, 27 seconds ahead of Russian Alexandr Kolobnev, with Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain taking bronze, also 27 seconds behind the winner.

Evans fought back tears on the podium and said he had seized his best chance of a win on a circuit just a few kilometres from his European home.

"It's a promotion for the world championships in my real hometown, Geelong, in Australia," Evans said.

"The world championships will be there next year but I'll be honest, this course suits me better than the one in Geelong and I think I proved that today."

Melbourne and Geelong will host the 2010 road world championships.

Robbie McEwen is Australia's only other medallist in the history of the event - he finished second behind Italy's Mario Cipollini in 2002.

Evans stunned his opponents with a thrilling solo attack about 3. …

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