European Championships: Marta Bastianelli sprints to road race title

Marta Bastianelli of Italy reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the Road Cycling on Day Four of the European Championships Glasgow 2018 at on August 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Italian Marta Bastianelli won a sprint finish with the great Marianne Vos to strike gold in the European Championships road race on Sunday.

The Dutch team seemed to be controlling affairs at the end of the 130km race -- ready to set up victory at the Glasgow Green finish for Vos -- only for former world champion Bastianelli to beat her to the punch with a scintillating final burst.

Vos, often hailed as the greatest woman cyclist in history, roared through for the silver but her fellow 31-year-old rival had already flown past, beating the Dutchwoman just as she had done at their world championships duel in Stuttgart in 2007.

After nearly three and a half hours of fascinating racing on the undulating nine-lap course, Germany's Lisa Brennauer, gold medallist in Saturday's individual pursuit on the track, took the bronze.