12 of the best photos from the weekend's big bike races

A selection of memorable images from pro cycling events around the world

Fabian Cancellara
Fabian Cancellara at Challenge Mallorca (Watson)
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

In terms of variety, it was hard to beat the past weekend for cycle races. We had the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Belgium, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia, the Challenge Mallorca in the Mediterranean and Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise in France.

We've collected together a dozen of the best photos from a memorable weekend.

Mechanical doping

UCI president Brian Cookson answers questions at a press conference in Zolder, Belgium, on Sunday morning after a bike was found to have a concealed electric motor at the Cyclocross World Championships.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mechanical doping

UCI president Brian Cookson answers questions at a press conference in Zolder, Belgium, on Sunday morning after a bike was found to have a concealed electric motor at the Cyclocross World Championships.

Evie Richards

British rider Evie Richards puts on the rainbow jersey for the first time after she became the inaugural women's under-23 cyclocross world champion.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Evie Richards

British rider Evie Richards puts on the rainbow jersey for the first time after she became the inaugural women's under-23 cyclocross world champion.

Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara at Challenge Mallorca (Watson)

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara at Challenge Mallorca (Watson)

Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara at Challenge Mallorca (Watson)

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara at Challenge Mallorca (Watson)

Cyclocross World Championships 2016

Belgian fans pulled out all the stops to support their riders in the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Cyclocross World Championships 2016

Belgian fans pulled out all the stops to support their riders in the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships.

Team Sky's new recruits

Beñat Intxausti and Michal Kwiatkowski look like they have already formed a friendship as they take part in their first race together for Team Sky at the Challenge Mallorca.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Team Sky's new recruits

Beñat Intxausti and Michal Kwiatkowski look like they have already formed a friendship as they take part in their first race together for Team Sky at the Challenge Mallorca.

Sir Dave Brailsford

Team Sky top man Sir Dave Brailsford looked relaxed at the Challenge Mallorca during the weekend's racing. What's really going on in this photo? We're not quite sure.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Sir Dave Brailsford

Team Sky top man Sir Dave Brailsford looked relaxed at the Challenge Mallorca during the weekend's racing. What's really going on in this photo? We're not quite sure.

Peter Kennaugh

Peter Kennaugh looked serious before the start of the 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race... and it turned out he was. The British champion took a memorable solo victory.

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Peter Kennaugh

Peter Kennaugh looked serious before the start of the 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race... and it turned out he was. The British champion took a memorable solo victory.

UCI press conference

Racing at the Cyclocross World Championships was virtually overshadowed by the 'mechanical doping' scandal, where Belgian rider Femke Van den Driessche's bike was found to have a concealed electric motor. The world's press wanted to know how and why it happened.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

UCI press conference

Racing at the Cyclocross World Championships was virtually overshadowed by the 'mechanical doping' scandal, where Belgian rider Femke Van den Driessche's bike was found to have a concealed electric motor. The world's press wanted to know how and why it happened.

G.P. Marsellaise

Dries Devenyns lunges to the line just ahead of Thibaut Pinot to win the 2016 Grand Prix Marsellaise in France on Sunday.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

G.P. Marsellaise

Dries Devenyns lunges to the line just ahead of Thibaut Pinot to win the 2016 Grand Prix Marsellaise in France on Sunday.

Kevin Pauwels

Belgian Pauwels fights through the mud at the Cyclocross World Championships in Belgium. Home fans were later accused of throwing urine on riders from the Netherlands during the elite men's race.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Kevin Pauwels

Belgian Pauwels fights through the mud at the Cyclocross World Championships in Belgium. Home fans were later accused of throwing urine on riders from the Netherlands during the elite men's race.

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

As its name suggests, the Great Ocean Road Race passes along the famous Australian coastal highway, next to beaches favoured by surfers. It provides a stunning backdrop.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

As its name suggests, the Great Ocean Road Race passes along the famous Australian coastal highway, next to beaches favoured by surfers. It provides a stunning backdrop.

Thalita De Jong

Dutchwoman Thalita De Jong won the elite women's cyclocross title at the rain-swept World Championships in Belgium on Saturday.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Thalita De Jong

Dutchwoman Thalita De Jong won the elite women's cyclocross title at the rain-swept World Championships in Belgium on Saturday.