Weather conditions will be decisive in Worlds road race, say Belgian team

Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet have contrasting feelings on the prospect of rain throughout the elite men's road race in Yorkshire

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The elite men face 285 kilometres and 3645 metres of climbing in their race for the rainbow jersey, but the Yorkshire weather on Sunday "will decide everything" in this 2019 World Championships.

Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet, the captains of the Belgian team, previewed the circuit on Wednesday. They worry about the threat of bad weather heading towards the title race.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.