'The toughest course of all time': Italian riders 'stunned' by mountainous World Championships road race route

Route with 5,000m of climbing deserves serious respect, says Nibali

Alessandro De Marchi and Vincenzo Nibali take a look at the route for the 2018 Road World Championships road race

(Image credit: Expa/OK Rad WM 2018)

The 2018 World Championships might still be six months away, but from the reactions of some Italian riders following a recon of the routes last week, the road races are already worth looking forward to.

Vincenzo Nibali, Franco Pellizotti, and Alessandro De Marchi travelled to Innsbruck, Austria with Italian team manager Davide Cassani to check out the mountainous route, and were surprised by what they found.

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