2018 UCI Road World Championships

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, and are set to be one of the hardest in recent years. As ever, there will be 12 gold medals and 10 rainbow jerseys on offer over the nine days of competition between September 23 and 30.

Kicking off the competition will be the women’s and men’s team time trials, which are set to be the last ridden by trade teams – at least for the foreseeable future. Team Sunweb dominated the competition last year, winning both the women’s and men’s events, and have again named strong teams for both events this year, with Ellen van Dijk and Tom Dumoulin set to headline their line-ups. Both of the courses for this competition will be considerably longer than what we saw in Norway.

After first taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1921 – where there was just one amateur race – the first professional world championship took place six years later at the Nürburgring, Germany, where Alfredo Binda led an Italian one-two-three to win the first of his three world titles. Jean Aerts of Belgium, meanwhile, took the honours in the amateur race which continued until 1995 after which it was replaced by an under-23 race.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) were slow to introduce any women’s events to the programme, but in 1958 Luxembourg rider Elsy Jacobs was popping the Champagne after becoming the first women’s world champion when she beat Tamara Novikova and Mariya Lukshina of the Soviet Union on the roads of Reims, France.

Over the years further races were added to the programme which now spans an eight-day period in mid-Sept, starting just seven days after the final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a España.

The winner in each discipline – or disciplines – gets to wear the distinctive rainbow band jersey awarded to each world champion for the next 12 months while competing in that particular discipline, though not in the following year’s UCI Road World Championships.

When are the UCI Road World Championships?
This year’s championships which will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, start on Sunday Sept 23, 2018, and conclude seven days later on Sept 30.

What’s the schedule, what do the course look like and how can I watch the action on television?
Sunday Sept 23
Women’s team time trial: 54.5 kilometres
Elevation gain: 152 metres
TV: Eurosport 1 2.45-5.30pm

Men’s team time trial: 62.8km
Elevation gain: 27m
TV: Eurosport 1 2.45-5.30pm

Monday Sept 24
Junior women’s time trial:20km
Elevation gain: 192m
TV: Eurosport 1 2.45-5.20pm

Men’s under-23 time trial: 27.8km
Elevation gain: 262m
TV: Eurosport 1 2.45-5.20pm​

Tuesday Sept 25
Junior men’s time trial: 27.8km
Elevation gain: 262m
TV: Eurosport 1 2.45-5.30pm

Women’s time trial: 27.8km
Elevation gain: 262m
TV: Eurosport 1 2.45-5.30pm

Wednesday Sept 26
Men’s time trial: 52.5m
Elevation gain: 654m
TV: Eurosport 1 2-5.30pm

Thursday Sept 27
Junior women’s road race: 71.7km
Elevation gain: 975m
TV: Eurosport 1 3-6.30pm

Junior men’s road race: 132.4km
Elevation gain: 1,916m
TV: Eurosport 1 3-6.30pm

Friday Sept 28
Men’s under-23 road race: 179.9km
Elevation gain: 2,910m
TV: Eurosport TBC

Saturday Sept 29
Women’s road race: 150.6km
Elevation gain: 2,413m
TV: Eurosport TBC

Sunday Sept 30
Men’s road race: 252.9km
Elevation gain: 4,670m
TV: Eurosport TBC

Who will be representing Great Britain in Austria?
British Cycling named its squad for the UCI Road World Championships with Vuelta a España winner Simon Yates expected to lead the eight-man men’s team on the tough course in Austria in the absence of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.

Bury-born Yates and his twin brother Adam will tackle one of the toughest courses in over 20 years – the 252.9-kilometre course around Innsbruck features 4,670m in elevation gain, the most since the race was held in Colombia in 1995 – alongside Hugh Carthy, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Pete Kennaugh, James Knox, Ian Stannard and Connor Swift.

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