First Norwegian To Win The World Road Race Crown

Thor Hushovd won a bunch sprint from a whittled down leading peloton to claim the blue riband men's road race title at the world championships in Australia on Sunday.

Hushovd is the first Norwegian to win the coveted crown as he relegated Denmark's Matti Breschel and home hope Allan Davis to the minor podium positions after 262.7 kilometers of racing around Melbourne.

Breschel now has a silver to add to his bronze of 2008 while Davis could not quite emulate the feat of compatriot Cadel Evans who was defending his title in front of home crowds.

Hushovd, a former green jersey winner at the Tour de France and one-day classics expert, timed his charge for the line perfectly.

"It's hard to understand I've won the worlds. It's a dream, it's unreal," he told. "This has to be the best moment of my career."

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