Opinion: Six reasons why the World Championships doesn't really decide the best rider in the world

The World Championships should surely recognise the best rider in the world - has the one-day race format had its day?

The mens road race at the 2014 World Road Championships

(Image credit: Watson)

The annual World Championships road race should, by its very name, find the best rider of that particular year. The winner earns the right to wear the rainbow jersey of world champion for the following 12 months, singling them out in the peloton as something a bit special.

But is the World Championships a bit of nonsense? Does it really honour the best rider? Here are six reasons why I think it doesn't.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.