How many riders can each nation select for the World Championships road race?

Great Britain, France and Italy get nine riders at the UCI World Championships road race, while Romania and Greece only get one

Michael Kwiatkowski wins the mens road race at the 2014 World Road Championships. Photo: Graham Watson

(Image credit: Watson)

Generally speaking, the nations with the best riders are allowed to select more riders for the World Championships road race, but it's a season-long competition that finalises that number.

Throughout the year, riders acquire points for their nations based on their finishing positions in races. Shortly before the World Championships the nations rankings are taken into account and teams are notified if they're allowed to select nine, six, three or just one rider for the big race.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.