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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.

UCI Road World Championships

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria, beginning on September 23.The Championships will see a host of new rainbow jersey wearers don the honour of the strips for a year and events consist of Junior, Under 23 and Elite men’s races as well as Junior and Elite women’s races.

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).

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.

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. The Elite Men’s ITT event (54km) will begin in Rattenberg – and will feature a demanding climb.The Junior Women’s road race (74km) will feature loops 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 Junior, Under 23 and Women’s Elite races will also loop the Olympic circuit, with the number of laps varying per event.The Elite Men’s road race will cover 265km, with just under 5,000 metres of climbing, with a final climb which boasts ramps of 25 per cent. UCI Road World Championships 2018 route. The 2018 Road World Championships route looks set to be one of the toughest in history, with organisers of the race in the Austrian city of Innsbruck including ramps of up to 25 per cent in the elite men’s road race.The official routes for all of the 2018 events, which take place from September 23-30, were revealed at the 2017 Worlds in Bergen with the elite men’s road race set to cover over 5,000m of climbing over a distance of 265km.

2018 UCI World Championships Schedule

Sunday September 23 – Ötztal to Innsbruck, 53.8km – Elite Women’s Team Time Trial
Sunday September 23 – Ötztal to Innsbruck, 62.1km – Elite Men’s Team Time Trial
Monday September 24 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 20.2km – Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial
Monday September 24 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km – Men’s Under 23 Individual Time Trial
Tuesday September 25 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km – Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial
Tuesday September 25 – Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km – Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial
Wednesday September 26 – Alpbachtal Seenland – Innsbruck, 54.2km – Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial
Thursday September 27 – Alpbachtal Seenland – Innsbruck, 72.4km – Women’s Junior Road Race
Thursday September 27 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 138.4km – Men’s Junior Road Race
Friday September 28 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 186.2km – Men’s Under 23 Road Race
Saturday September 29 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 162.3km – Women’s Elite Road Race
Sunday September 30 – Kufstein – Innsbruck, 265km – Men’s Elite Road Race

The men’s race will start in the town of Kufstein and begin with seven circuits of 24km of the ‘Olympic Circuit’ before heading northwards towards the Hungerburg settlement in the north where they’ll hit a climb featuring 25 per cent sections. The men’s peloton will then head back towards the centre of Innsbruck where the race will conclude.The elite women’s race, which begins in the same place, will begin with a 90km run towards the Olympic Circuit in Innsbruck which they will cover three times for a race distance of 162.5km.Only the junior women’s race begins elsewhere, with the junior men and U23 men also beginning in Kufstein to the east of Innsbruck. Each race will take on 72.4km, 138.4km and 186.2km respectively.The men’s individual time trial will also feature some demanding climbing, with the 54.2km course covering a 4.4km climb that hits a maximum pitch of 14 per cent. They begin in Rattenberg and head west towards Innsbruck where the race finishes.