15:06, September 28, 2009
Australian Cadel Evans became the surprise winner of the road race at the world cycling championships on Sunday.
Evans broke clear around four kilometers from the end of the 262.2-km race in Mendrisio in six hours 56 minutes 26 seconds.
Evans, 32, redeemed for his near-miss in this event two years ago in Stuttgart where he finished fifth although crossing the line almost together in a group of sprinters.
Russia's Alexandr Kolobnev took silver 27 seconds behind, edging Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez into third place in a sprint for the line. It was Kolobnev's second silver in three years.
Evans beat a field which included local favorite Fabian Cancellara, winner of Thursday's time trial, Vuelta winner Alejandro Valverde, Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez, defending champion Alessandro Ballan and Damiano Cunego of Italy.