Your essential guide to the 2016 UCI Road World Championships (video)

The UCI Road World Championships head to the Middle East in October as Peter Sagan and Lizzie Deignan look to defend their road race titles

5 February 2015 7th Ladies Tour of Qatar Stage 03 : Souq Waqif - Ah Khor Corniche Peloton at Doha Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The world's best sprinters and time triallists will descend on Doha, Qatar, between October 9-16 for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships - the first to be held in the Middle East.

The virtually pan flat road race courses will provide a good opportunity for the fast men to contest a sprint finish for the first time since Mark Cavendish won in 2011, and the Manxman is again the favourite to win the men's race.

Lizzie Deignan will face a tough challenge to defend the title she won in Richmond last year on a course that doesn't entirely suit her skill-set, with the women's race almost entirely contested on the downtown finishing circuit in Doha.

Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara will not be targetting a fourth time trial world title in his final season, writing off the Doha championships. The flat course on the Pearl Qatar island could suit the likes of Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands), Tony Martin (Germany) and Rohan Dennis (Australia) taking excellent form into the event.

Hannah Barnes and Hayley Simmonds will compete for Great Britain in the women's time trial, while Alex Dowsett looks set to race the men's event alongside one of Geraint Thomas and Steve Cummings.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.