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A strong team from Spain that included big favorites such as Oscar Friere, Carlos Sastre, Alejandro Valverde, and Alberto Contador came in as a heavy weight team. Missing from that list was Samuel Sanchez, who was overlooked by the world and takes gold!

Provisional Results
1. Samuel Sanchez (Spain)
2.Davide Rebellin (Italy)
3. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
4. Alexandr Kolobnev (Russia)
5. Andy Schleck (Luxembourg)
6. Michael Rogers (Australia)



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"Spains' Sanchez wins men's Olympic road race

BEIJING (AP) - Samuel Sanchez of Spain has taken the gold medal in the Olympic cycling men's road race.

Davide Rebellin of Italy won the silver on his 37th birthday and Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland the bronze. The three were among a group of six who sprinted for victory." Read more from the Associated Press...

"Spain's Sanchez wins men's road race
By Deborah Charles

BEIJING (Reuters) - Spain's Samuel Sanchez won the first Olympic cycling gold medal event on Saturday, beating out Italy's Davide Rebellin after a grueling 245-km road race from the Forbidden City in ancient Beijing to the Great Wall.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland took the bronze after the three sprinted on the final uphill portion of the course to make it to the podium." Read more from Reuters...

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Alberto Contador congratulating Sanchez

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2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre congratulates Sanchez

Photos courtesy of CorVos
Screen captures courtesy of NBCOlympic.com