Kiwis fail to finish as Julian Alaphilippe claims Road World Championship

Julian Alaphilippe burst into tears and collapsed after winning the Road World Championships men's road race in Imola, Italy.

The 28-year-old dedicated the title to his late father who died in June.

He showed much of the same emotional heartbreak as he did after winning stage two of the Tour de France.

The Frenchman launched a stunning breakaway attack which led a 24 second victory, beating a chasing group containing many of the world's in-form riders.

None of New Zealand's four riders competing today managed to complete the race including George Bennett who recently competed in the Tour de France.