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23-28 September, Varese, Italy

Italy's Alessandro Ballan wins the men's road race

Alessandro Ballan leads home an Italian one-two in the men's road race - Damiano Cunego takes second

Italy's Paolo Bettini waves to the crowd

Fellow Italian, Paolo Bettini, who is competing in his final race, fails in his bid to win a third consecutive title

Nicole Cooke beats the Netherlands' Marianne Vos to win the women's road race

Nicole Cooke celebrates after winning a thrilling sprint finish to claim the women's road race title on Saturday

Cooke said it had always been an ambition of hers to claim the rainbow jersey of the road race champion

Cooke has now claimed the famous rainbow jersey to add to the gold medal she won at the Beijing Olympics in August

Colombian Fabio Andres Duarte wins Friday's under-23 men's road race

Colombian Fabio Andres Duarte wins Friday's under-23 road race, to the frustration of Italian Simone Ponzi; Brit Ben Swift is fourth

Bert Grabsch celebrates his gold medal

Germany's Bert Grabsch is in a class of his own in Thursday's men's time trial, winning the gold ahead of Svein Tuft and David Zabriskie

Sharon Laws and Emma Pooley

Sharon Laws and Emma Pooley are Britain's great hopes on day two, but finish 19th and 8th respectively in the women's time trial

Amber Neben, right, and Christiane Soeder

Honours go to American Amber Neben and Austrian Christiane Soeder, who finish first and second in the time trial on day two in Varese

Adriano Malori

Italian Adriano Malori celebrates after winning the men's under-23 time-trial as the 2008 Road World Championships get under way

see also
Neben claims time trial victory
24 Sep 08 |  Cycling
Malori wins under-23 time trial
23 Sep 08 |  Cycling

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