Portuguese Rui Costa kept his composure in a tense finale to upset the favourites and win the world championships road race.
Fabian Cancellara will start a one-day race with a big target on his back in Sunday's elite race at the world championships.
Our cycling scribe casts his eye over the runners and riders for Sunday's World Championship road race.
Jan Bakelants edged a fierce duel with Thomas Voeckler in driving rain to win the Grand Prix de Wallonie in Belgium.
Alexandre Geniez took a solo victory in the mountainous stage 15 as Nibali maintained his overall lead of 50 seconds.
Reigning world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) won stage 12 at the Vuelta from Maella to Tarragona
Daniel Moreno won the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana and took the leader's red jersey by just one second.
Zdenek Stybar (OP-QS) edged world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) by a whisker to win stage seven of the Vuelta.
France's Arnaud Demare rose to the top of the Eneco Tour general classification after winning the second stage.
Chris Froome all but secured his first ever Tour de France overall victory after Nairo Quintana won the penultimate stage in Annecy-Semnoz.
Chris Froome survived a scare in stage 16 on the final descent into Gap after Rui Costa had soloed to victory.
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