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Summary

  1. Michal Kwiatkowski wins men's road race world title
  2. Pole jumps clear on final circuit and holds off chasers
  3. Simon Gerrans of Australia is second, one second back
  4. Ben Swift is leading Briton in 12th place
  5. Relive final stages via Live Coverage tab

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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This is the end

There's one more big one-day race to come this year, the

Giro di Lombardia next Sunday and then that's just about it for the year on the road as track racing takes over for the winter.

The

race report is expanding, so that seems like a good place to leave Ponferrada and the 2014 World Championships. Thanks for your company over the last couple of days. Let's do it again some time.

Brailsford buoyant

British Cycling chief Sir Dave Brailsford told BBC Sport: "I thought Ben rode the perfect race and the team rode a lot better this year. Pete Kennaugh rode really well and Luke Rowe did a fantastic job.

"Hats off to Kwiatkowski. The way he got his team to ride was brilliant and the way he rode away at the end. He was a class act."

On Wiggins's gold medal, he added: "That's been a few years in the making so to see Brad get that title was fantastic. It's nice to be involved with anything that's got a Union Jack on it."

As for Britain, it's been a mixed championships.

Lizzie Armitstead was disappointed to finish seven in the women's road race on Saturday, but Ben Swift's 12th will be viewed in a more positive light.

And let's not forget Sir Bradley Wiggins winning the individual time trial on Wednesday.

It's been a decent week for Kwiatkowski, who adds the gold medal to the team time trial bronze he won with his professional team - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step - last Sunday.

Clever Kwiatkowski

It was a clever move by Kwiatkowski who knew he would not be able to eke out enough seconds if he attacked on the final climb. By going early, he gave himself the opportunity to open up a large enough gap to see him home and the plan worked perfectly.

Gerrans may well be kicking himself after letting Kwiatkowski go clear but a silver medal at a World Champs is not to be sniffed at.

And spare a thought for poor old Alejandro Valverde. It will be the sixth time he gets to stand on the podium at the World Championships - but never on the top step. Three successive bronze medals, four in total, to add to two silvers.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"Britain rode to a plan and executed it well. It was just unfortunate that the last 10 minutes were extremely difficult and Ben Swift ran out of his legs, but finished among other sprinters like him. Hats off to them. It wasn't just about coming to win the jersey it was about doing the jersey proud and they did that."

Kennaugh happy with race

Pete Kennaugh on BBC Two: "I'm happy with how I rode and to be in the mix as a team we did a really good ride. Twelfth is a good result for Ben. I tried my luck early on which was the gameplan, to follow the bigger nations. I gave it my best shot and once I got caught I tried to do the best I could for Swifty."

Race result

1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) 6hrs 29mins 07secs

2. Simon Gerrans (Aus) +1sec

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Same time

4. Matti Breschel (Den)

5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)

6. Tony Gallopin (Fra)

7. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) +4secs

8. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) +7secs

9. John Degenkolb (Ger) Same time

10. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra)

11. Fabian Cancellara (Swi)

12. Ben Swift (GB)

And here is Ben Swift, talking on BBC Two: "Kwiatkowski is such a class act. He had his team on the front and he definitely deserved the win.

"I gave it my best shot but that last steep climb really hurt. I got myself into a good position but it was just a hard day.

"It was a strange race. I expected it to be more attacking."

Britain's Ben Swift finished 12th, seven seconds adrift of Kwiatkowski. A terrific ride from the Yorkshireman.

What a stunning finish by Kwiatkowski. He was the first to make a big move on the final lap and he has been handsomely rewarded.

Australia's Simon Gerrans was second with Alejandro Valverde of Spain finishing third for a third consecutive year.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski wins 2014 world road race title

Kwiatkowski is head down, pedalling for all he is worth. Gilbert leading the chase, flicks his elbow, he wants some help but nobody is coming through. He has Van Avermaert in his wheel though.

Here we come into the final 300m, is anybody catching him?

Gilbert is throwing caution to the win on the descent. Valverde is leading the chase but there is just 1.5km to go and the chasing group are seven seconds back.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"Spain have got the numbers but have they got the distance to bring back Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski? We know he has the time-trialing technical ability."

Last 3km

Kwiatkowski is out on his own on the descent into Ponferrada. Just 3km from the finish. He keeps glancing over his shoulder. "Don't look back," says Hayles on commentary.

Final 5km

Kwiatkowski bridges over to the four out front, spends a few seconds recharging his battery before going again on the lower slope of Mirador. Can anyone follow him?

He has just 5km to go.

Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez is the first to react. He is followed by a Belgian... it's Gilbert. Australia's Gerrans is there. Has Ben Swift got anything left? He is in the chasing bunch but is 25 seconds down. Race over for Ben.

Kwiatkowski attacks

The four out front drift left, right, left, right, left down Confederacion, swing right over the dam and head to the bottom of Mirador.

Kwiatkowski of Poland makes his move. He knows he doesn't have the legs to beat the likes of Kristoff or Swift in a sprint. He needs to repay the work done by his Polish team-mates earlier in the race when they rode on the front in chase of the early breakaway group.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"It's all or nothing now for the Belgium squad. They are all up at the front but who are they working for?

"If it does come down to a sprint you have to think it is Tom Boonen. But the final climb is a perfect launch pad for Philippe Gilbert."

The riders are approaching the top of Confederacion. There is the descent, a 1km climb of Mirador and then it's just 4km to the finish of the 2014 road race at the World Championships.

The leading quartet are now just nine seconds clear of the chasing pack.

Swift staying strong

Britain's Ben Swift is all alone, in terms of team-mates left to help him. He is about 10 from the front and riding in the shelter of the peloton. He is riding a fantastic race and regardless of where he finishes now, it has been a terrific effort from the 26-year-old Yorkshireman.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"Alejandro Valverde is in the form to do it and he likes the course. He was second in the national championships on this course.

"Cancellara is there. Boonen is there. Spain looking strong. Italy looking strong and Belgium too.

"I don't think Swift has got anybody left with him to help but he looks good."

In the break

The four out front, Italy's Alessandro De Marchi, Cyril Gautier of France, Denmark's Michael Anderson and Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus are just 15 seconds clear as they toil up the 5km ascent to Confederacion. We have 10km remaining.

Spain's Jonathan Castroviejo, mouth agape, is leading the peloton. He has three Italians for company while Germany's John Degenkolb is gritting his teeth half a dozen wheels back.

Degenkolb won four stages at the Vuelta a Espana earlier this month but had a spell in hospital after getting an infection, putting his participation in this race in doubt.

Nibali back in the mix

Nibali is back in the mix. The Italian was reported as being dropped but he is made of hard stuff and is racing with team-mate Sonny Colbrelli in his wheel. South Africa's Daryl Impey is another who is well placed and may fancy this finish.

It really is wide open. Ben Swift is still up near the front, riding alongside Nibali. Just 13km remaining and the peloton is closing quickly on those out front. The gap is down to 20 seconds.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"This is the final time they will do the small climb at the castle. Then there is a right before the long drag and the leaders will need more than 40 seconds to be out of sight of the peloton.

"We have seen in the Under 23 race going clear and winning it, but other than that it has been group finishes."

Where is Sagan?

Peter Sagan was in the main bunch over the start-finish line. With only two Slovakian team-mates in the race he has ridden an anonymous race. Will he light it up on the final ascent of Mirador?

Expect fireworks because there are riders who will not want to get involved in a sprint finish.

Switzerland's Albasini is leading the peloton, riding for Fabian Cancellara. They are 35 seconds behind the quartet out front as they hit the bottom of the climb to Confederacion for the final time.

Belgium's Sep Vanmarcke leads a huge group of more than 50 riders over the line, just 36 seconds down. This is set up for an almighty scrap on the final lap.

Can the four out front stay away? Will Ben live up to his name and give Britain a third world champion? We'll know in about 20 minutes.

Final lap

Rob Hayles also mentions Alexander Kristoff as a potential winner. The Norwegian won this year's Milan-San Remo one-day race that Ben Swift finished third in. He excels in the wet.

Kiryienka, the Team Sky rider, makes the trio out front a quartet as they power down the start-finish line and take the bell. Just 18.2km remaining.

And here comes the peloton...

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"There are still an awful lot of riders in this and a lot who can win it. All the main players are still there and all with team-mates. This is going to be so interesting."

Four Belgian riders have positioned themselves at the front of the peloton as they reach the bottom of the climb to Mirador. Just 1km long but with gradients of 10% to sap the legs further.

Anderson lead s out escaped trio over the top, Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus is just eight seconds back on his own. Albasini of Switzerland leads the peloton, which is 32 seconds adrift.

Quick shot of Ben Swift who is a few seconds further back but looking remarkably fresh to say he's been racing for six hours. Swift has Cancellara in his wheel.

One by one the pre-race favourites are starting to drop away. Perhaps the race winner could come from a name I'm yet to mention. Defending champion Rui Costa had a quiet race last year before coming to the fore late on.

Nibali dropped

Denmark's Michael Andersen is the other rider in the break as they reach the upper slopes of Confederacion. They have just 26km to go.

Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has been dropped by the peloton. No huge surprise, given the Italian crashed earlier in the race, aggravating a hip injury he sustained in a crash a couple of weeks ago.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"It's all starting to light up in the peloton with riders trying to get off the front.

"They are really stringing it out and the gaps are starting to open up.

"Spain are extremely well represented at the moment."

Attacks continuing

And as soon as that break is closed down, another one goes. Riders are starting to be spat out the back of the peloton. As I said earlier, the two climbs on each lap are not that tough, but when you're riding over them for the 13th time, the legs will start to burn.

Italy's Alessandro De Marchi is in a three-man attempt. France's Cyril Gautier, a renowned breakaway schemer, is also there, with a Danish rider.

Kennaugh caught

Pete Kennaugh sets off in pursuit of Visconti and easily catches the Italian as they ride through the feed zone. Kennaugh rejects a bottle, grits his teeth and stomps a little harder on his pedals.

The duo are dangling a handful of seconds clear of the peloton, which as caught the other escapees and Kennaugh gives one last glance over shoulder before giving up and settling back into the peloton.

Yates climbs off

Simon Brotherton on commentary is on the start-finish line and says he has just seen the other Yates twin, Adam, ride over the line, looking for the team bus. A good effort by the 22-year-old. I think we can expect to hear a lot more about both

Adam and Simon in the coming years.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist and BBC Sport summariser

"Around 50% of the peloton are out of the race.

"Visconti has decided he is not waiting around. Earlier, he was trying to get some impetus into the group and he is not happy so he has gone.

"He will like this finish, but not with a group. The descent and the launch pad just before suits him."

Visconti attacks

Italy's Giovanni Visconti has got fed up of waiting and taken off on his own from the breakaway group. He hasn't got the pace to challenge anyone in a sprint finish so needs to solo to the finish.

He sweeps left, up past the castle and onto the climb to Confederacion for the penultimate time. His lead is just four seconds though and the peloton is closing in, just 20 seconds back.

Two laps to go

Britain's Pete Kennaugh leads the break over the start-finish line in Ponferrada. The rain has abated but the road is still damp as the Isle of Man rider leads the 11 out front (Belgium's Tim Wellens has been dropped) round a succession of right-angled corners in the town.

Luke Rowe and Ben Swift cross the line near the front of the peloton in the perfect place to monitor attacks.

Just 35km remaining.