Result: Rui Costa crowned road race world champion

Rui Costa crosses the finish line during the elite men's road race at the UCI World Championship on September 29, 2013
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Rui Costa finishes half-a-bike's length ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez to win the road race world champion in Florence.

Movistar's Rui Costa has sealed a dramatic victory in a sprint finish at the Road World Championships in Florence.

The 26-year-old clinched the world champion's rainbow jersey for the first time in his career by pipping Team Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez in a thrilling finale.

The pair were part of a four-man breakaway - including Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde - with 10 laps of the 16.6km circuit to go.

Costa and Rodriguez were wheel-to-wheel coming down the strait, but it was the Portuguese rider who prevailed by half-a-bike's length.

TOP 10:

1. Rui Costa (7:25:43s)
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (ST)
3. Alejandro Valverde (+17s)
4. Vincenzo Nibali (ST)
5. Andriy Grivko (+31s)
6. Peter Sagan (+34s)
7. Simon Clarke (ST)
8. Maxim Iglinskiy (ST)
9. Philippe Gilbert (ST)
10. Fabian Cancellara (ST)

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