UCI Road World Championships, 2018 dates: September 22-30, 2018
Location: Innsbruck-Tirol (Austria)

Lizzie Armitstead after winning the 2015 Womens World Road Championships. Image: Watson

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria.

The Championships consist of Junior, Under 23 and Elite men’s races as well as Junior and Elite women’s races.

The men’s and women’s team time rials (TTT) will mark the opening of the events. The two courses – 53.8km for women and 62.1km for men – will share the same opening 40km, taking riders via Haiming, Telfs and Zirl to the village of Kematen.

The men will turn off to the low mountain range of Mittelbirge, to take on 10 per cent ramps before descending back to Völs, whilst the women will bypass this loop – with both races finishing in Innsbruck.

Individual time trials (ITT) for Junior Men (20.2km), Junior Women (20.2km), Under 23 Men (28.5km) and Elite Women (28.5km) will start 20km east of Innsbruck. Opening with a climb from Hall to Absam, they’ll loop through northern Mittelgebirge, passing the villages of Mühlau, Arzl, Rum, Thaur and Absam) before heading to the finish in Innsbruck.

The Elite Men’s ITT event will begin in Rattenberg – and will feature a demanding 4.4km climb between the villages of Fritzens and Gnadenwald – in total the ascent amounts to 330 vertical metres and features a max gradient of 14 per cent.

The Junior Women’s road race will start in the same town and will feature a loop of the ‘Olympic Circuit’, a 24km lap which includes 460 metres of climbing and  passes through the villages of Aldrans, Lans and Igls before crossing the Innsbruck finish line.

The Elite Men’s road race will cover 265km, with just under 5,000 metres of climbing. Starting in Kufstein, the race will loop the Olympic Circuit seven times, before heading through the city, and tackling a final climb – which boasts sections at 25 per cent.

The Junior, Under 23 and Women’s Elite races will also loop the Olympic circuit, with the number of laps varying per event.

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)

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