2022 World Championships will see the first female U23 world champion crowned

There will be rainbow bands on offer in the road race and the time trial. Standalone race will not happen until 2025, however

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Women will race for the first under-23 world title at this year's World Championships, the UCI has confirmed, but will have to wait until 2025 for a separate race.

The management committee of cycling's governing body met last weekend, and has confirmed that U23 women will have a chance to race for the rainbow bands at this year's World Championships in both the road race and the time trial. This year's worlds will take place in Wollongong, Australia, in September.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.