11 of the best photos from the 2022 Road World Championships

There were tears, hugs and kisses in Wollongong, Australia

Remco and Alaphilippe
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On Sunday, the curtains were drawn on this year's UCI Road World Championships, with Remco Evenepoel pulling on the last rainbow jersey on offer. 

For some riders it was a memorable week of celebrations and career-defining rides. For others, it was one of disappointment, as they watched their season objectives fall apart on the road. 

Here are 11 of the most compelling photos from the week's racing, curated by Cycling Weekly

Remco Evenepoel

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It was an all too familiar sight for the elite men's peloton on Sunday, as Evenepoel broke free from the group and rode alone to glory

Remco and Alaphilippe

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From one winner to the next. Julian Alaphilippe hugs his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl teammate at the finish line, passing on the baton of world champion. 

Annemiek van Vleuten

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Minutes after crossing the line first in the women's elite road race, Annemiek van Vleuten was still in disbelief. "I think maybe it’s my best victory from my whole career," the Dutch rider said in her post-race press conference.

Tobias Foss

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Tobias Foss was a dark horse going into the elite men's individual time trial. The Norwegian himself was stunned by his win, revealing after that he was hoping for a top five at best

Switzerland mixed relay TTT

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Stefan Küng was just two seconds away from winning the rainbow jersey in the individual time trial. Three days later, he and his Swiss teammates collected a whole batch of them in the mixed relay

Emil Herzog

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António Morgado (left) and Emil Herzog (right) played out one of the most dramatic finales of this year's championships in the junior men's road race. Guess who came out on top. 

Ellen van Dijk

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Ellen van Dijk blows a kiss after retaining her individual time trial title

Grace Brown

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From the moment she sat in the hot seat, Grace Brown couldn't stop smiling. Ultimately, the Australian was forced to settle for silver in the elite women's time trial, but she kept grinning all the way to the podium. 

Vatican rider at World championships 2022

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40-year-old Rien Schuurhuis became the first rider in cycling history to represent the Vatican City at the World Championships. Referred to as the 'Pope's cyclist', Schuurhuis did not finish the race.   

Josh Tarling

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Josh Tarling, winner of the junior men's individual time trial, changes into his trainers before his first appearance on the top step of a Worlds podium. 

Zoe Backstedt

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18-year-old Zoe Bäckstedt dries her tears in a Union Jack after earning her second rainbow jersey in five days

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Tom Davidson
News and Features Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.