'I want that spectacular image': Danish rider critical of differences between men's and women's Worlds courses

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig says it's "sad and incomprehensible" to see major difference between the men's and women's Innsbruck-Tirol courses

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Since the routes for the World Championships were announced all the talk has been of the climb, nicknamed “hell,” which comes in the final 10 kilometres of the road race. However, this wall is only included in the elite men’s race, causing frustration in the women’s peloton.

Double Danish time trial champion, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, topped the UCI Women’s WorldTour young rider standings in 2017, is an accomplished climber and has spoken out about the course.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.