Slovakia's Peter Velits won the men's under-23 crown at the world road race championships here on Saturday after coming out on top in a sprint finish.
"Over the 50 last metres I slowed up quite a bit, but at the end it was enough," said a breathless Velits after his triumph. Australia's Wesley Sulzberger held on for silver while bronze went to Britain's Jonathan Bellis.
A bad crash at the finish left Switzerland's Martin Kohler in a heap on the
road just yards from the line. "I heard it over my shoulder, but I wasn't involved, so I just kept my head down," Sulzberger told AFP."I was working hard at the end and was so close to the winner that in a way I am disappointed not to get gold, but to taking home a medal is a great feeling."
Bellis, part of a three-man British team, said he was delighted with his under-23 debut."It's my first year in the under-23 ranks and this is well beyond my expectations, I am over the moon," he said.
"I was in a great position with 200metres left, we are a pretty small team,
so we knew we had to fend for ourselves and leave a bit in the tank for the
finish."Thankfully, that tactic paid off."