7. Costa sinks Spanish armada
The Florence world championships delivered one of the most exciting finales in years. Spain had the numbers, Vincenzo Nibali had the home-road advantage, but Rui Costa had the legs. In the searing attacks of the closing laps, Costa had the head and legs to out-fox Nibali, outwit a hapless Alejandro Valverde, and then out-kick Joaquim Rodríguez in a stirring drag race to the line.
The 2013 world championships reminded everyone just how engaging a race for the rainbow jersey can be.
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