UCI Road World Championships 2018: dates, route, where to watch and more

If you like your World Championships courses with 5,000m of climbing rather than pan-flat Qatari deserts, then the 2018 course looks fantastic

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships are being held in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria, beginning on September 23.

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The Championships will see a host of new rainbow jersey wearers don the honour of the strips for a year and events consist of Junior, Under 23 and Elite men’s races as well as Junior and Elite women’s races.

2018 UCI World Championships results

Elite Women’s team time trial, Sun Sept 23 – Ötztal to Innsbruck, 53.8km

Canyon-SRAM were the winners, ahead of Boels-Dolmans, with Sunweb in third. Wiggle-High5 were the leaders at early check-points, but they haemorrhaged time on the second half.

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Elite Men’s team time trial, Sun Sept 23 – Ötztal to Innsbruck, 62.1km

Quick-Step Floors took a fourth victory in the discipline, pushing last year’s winners into second, with BMC racing in third.

>>> Quick-Step Floors defeat Sunweb to win UCI Road World Championships men’s team time trial

Women’s Junior time trial, Mon Sept 24 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 20.2km

The win went to Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands), Camilla Alessio (Italy) was second whilst Great Britain’s Elynor Backstedt managed rounded off the podium in third.

Men’s Under 23 time trial, Mon Sept 24 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km

Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) was the winner, with Brent Van Moer (Belgium) second and Mathias Norsgaard Jorgensen (Denmark) third. Best Great British rider was Ethan Hayer, in fifth – with Charlie Tanfield in 27th after missing his start by a handful of seconds.

Men’s Junior time trial, Tues Sept 25 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km

Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) won, Lucas Plapp (Australia) was second and Andrea Piccolo (Italy) third – GB’s best rider was Joseph Laverick (Great Britain) who made the top 10, in eighth.

Women’s Elite Individual time trial, Tues Sept 25 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km

A Dutch 1-2-3 on the podium with defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten securing the top spot in 35-25, 28s ahead of Anna van der Breggen whilst Ellen van Dijk took third, 1-25 behind.

>>> Annemiek Van Vleuten wins UCI Road World Championships 2018 women’s time trial as Dutch dominate the podium

Men’s Elite Individual time trial, Weds Sept 26 – Alpbachtal Seenland – Innsbruck, 54.2km

Australian Rohan Dennis flew into the rainbow skinsuit – completing the course in 1-03-02, 81s up on defending Tom Dumoulin, who took the silver medal by a margin of 0.5s over european champion Victor Campenaerts.

>>> Rohan Dennis wins UCI World Championships elite men’s time trial taking over a minute out of Tom Dumoulin0

Women’s Junior road race, Thurs Sept 27 – Alpbachtal Seenland – Innsbruck, 72.4km

Home favourite, Austrian Laura Stigger won a four woman sprint, pushing Marie Le Net (France) into second, with Simone Boilard (Canada) third.

>>> Austrian Laura Stigger wins junior women’s World Championship road race in front of home crowds

Men’s Junior road race, Thurs Sept 27 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 138.4km

Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) stole the show, crashing early on, making up a huge deficit, before soloing the final 20km to the finish. Marius Mayrhofer (Germany) was second with Alessandro Fancellu (Italy) third.

>>> Remco Evenepoel comes back from early crash to win junior World Championship road race

2018 UCI World Championships schedule

  • Fri Sept 28 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 186.2km – Men’s Under 23 road race
  • Sat Sept 29 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 162.3km – Women’s Elite road race
  • Sun Sept 30 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 265km – Men’s Elite road race

UCI Road World Championships on TV: where to watch

The Road World Championships will be broadcast on Eurosport and the BBC.

Sunday September 23

Men and Women’s team time trial, Eurosport 1, 14:45-17:30

Monday September 24

Junior women’s, men’s under 23 time trial, Eurosport 1, 14:45-17:20

Tuesday September 25

Junior men and women’s time trial, Eurosport 1, 14:45-17:30

Women’s time trial – BBC Red Button, Connected TV, 13:30-16:15

Wednesday September 26

Men’s time trial – Eurosport 1, 14:00-17:30

Men’s time trial – BBC Red Button, Connected TV, 13:30-16:35

Thursday September 27

Junior men and women’s road race – Eurosport 1, 15:00-18:30

Friday September 28

Under-23 men’s road race – Eurosport, timing TBC

Saturday, 29 September

Women’s road race – Eurosport, from 11am

Women’s road race – Connected TV, 11:00-14:30, BBC Red Button, BBC One, 14:00-16:00, and BBC Two, 16:00-16:55.

Sunday, 30 September

Men’s road race – Eurosport, from 8:40am

Men’s road race – Connected TV, 08:35-12:20, BBC Red Button, BBC Two, 13:45-16:30

UCI Road World Championships 2018 route

The 2018 Road World Championships route looks set to be one of the toughest in history, with organisers of the race in the Austrian city of Innsbruck including ramps of up to 25 per cent in the elite men’s road race.

The official routes for all of the 2018 events, which take place from September 23-30, were revealed at the 2017 Worlds in Bergen with the elite men’s road race set to cover over 5,000m of climbing over a distance of 258.5km.

The men’s race will start in the town of Kufstein and begin with seven circuits of 24km of the ‘Olympic Circuit’ before heading northwards towards the Hungerburg settlement in the north where they’ll hit a climb featuring 25 per cent sections. The men’s peloton will then head back towards the centre of Innsbruck where the race will conclude.

Road races profile

The elite women’s race, which begins in the same place, will begin with a 90km run towards the Olympic Circuit in Innsbruck which they will cover three times for a race distance of 156.2km.

Only the junior women’s race begins elsewhere, with the junior men and U23 men also beginning in Kufstein to the east of Innsbruck. Each race will take on 71.7km, 132.4km and 179.9km respectively.

The men’s individual time trial will also feature some demanding climbing, with the 52.5km course covering a 4.4km climb that hits a maximum pitch of 14 per cent. They begin in Rattenberg and head west towards Innsbruck where the race finishes.

Men's individual time trial profile

Men’s individual time trial profile

All the other time trials will start closer to Innsbruck in Hall-Wattens with the elite women covering 28.5km. Junior women ride a course of 20.2km, while the male juniors and U23s will ride the same 28.5km course.

Women's individual time trial profile

Women’s individual time trial profile

The team time trials once again feature some tough climbing for the riders, with the men taking on a climb that hits 10 per cent. The men’s and the women’s race will both begin in Ötztal and finish in Innsbruck, with the men covering 62.1km and women covering 53.8km.

“After Villach in 1987 and Salzburg in 2006, it is a real pleasure to return to Austria with our leading road cycling event of the year,” UCI president Brian Cookson said at the course unveiling.

“The Organising Committee for the 2018 UCI Road World Championships has pulled out all the stops to design magnificent and challenging courses. I have no doubt that these race courses will get the approval of both the riders and cycling fans worldwide.”

Past results: UCI Road World Championships 2017, Bergen, Norway

Peter Sagan wins Road World Championships (Bergen, Norway)

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Chantal Blaak (Netherlands) became the UCI World Champions of 2017 in Norway this September.

Sagan’s win took him to a total of three consecutive titles. Blaak’s win was a first, she was initially positioned in the race as a domestique working for time trial 1-2 duo Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen.

Chantal Blaak wins the elite women’s road race at the 2017 World Championships

The time trial titles went to Dutch Giro d’Italia winner, Tom Dumoulin and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten; with Team Sunweb dominating the TTT with wins in the women’s and men’s races.

Britain Tom Pidcock won the junior ITT, and Denmark’s Mikkel Bjerg won the under-23 time trial.

The junior road race went to Julius Johansen (Denmark), whilst Benoît Cosnefroy (France) won the under-23 men’s race. Italy’s Elena Pirrone took the junior women’s road and time trial crowns.

The championships took place in Bergen, over a lumpy course with a flat sprint finish – with several races resulting in breakaway wins.

The senior men’s race was the only road race which came down to a bunch sprint, with Sagan taking the win from Alexander Kristoff, on home turf, by just half a bike length.

What are the UCI Road World Championships?

UCI Road World Championship titles are contested for road race, individual time trial and team time trial events.

In the road race and individual TT, there are categories for elite men, elite women, junior men, under-23 men and junior women. The TTT is run using trade rather than national teams.

Winners of the senior individual time trial and road race earn the right to wear the coveted rainbow jersey of world champion for the following 12 months in that discipline.

In 2018, the World Championships will move to Innsbruck (Austria) and the 2019 edition will take place in Yorkshire (Great Britain).

Previous World Championship locations

  • 2017: Bergen, Norway
  • 2016   Doha (Qatar)
  • 2015   Richmond, Virginia (USA)
  • 2014   Ponferrada (Spain)
  • 2013   Toscana (Italy)
  • 2012   Limburg (The Netherlands)
  • 2011   Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 2010   Melbourne (Australia)