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UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

With just a few days to go before the 2020 UCI Road World Championships kick off, here is a quick look at the what, where, when and who of this year’s races.

WHAT?

As with so many things in 2020, the Road Race World Championships have been subject to cancellation, reschedule, chops and changes.

Originally to be held in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland, Covid19 restrictions forced a change of venue and an adjustment to the programme. With thanks to a lot of hard work and last-minute preparations, we are now on the cusp of one of the most exciting and beautiful events in the cycling calendar.

There are four rainbow jerseys up for grabs: Elite Women’s Time Trial, Elite Men’s Time Trial, Elite Women’s Road Race and Elite Men’s Road Race.

WHERE?

The 2020 Road World Championships will take place in Imola, 40km south of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

The elite men’s and women’s road races take place on a 28.8km circuit that starts and finishes at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari motor circuit. Each lap features two main ascents: the Mazzolano climb followed by the Cima Gallisterna. Both climbs are short but steep, amounting to more than 5000m of climbing over a nine lap men’s race, whilst the women will face around 2800m over five laps.

By contrast, the time trial course is flat and fast. Both men and women will cover 37.1 km.

WHEN?

This year’s UCI Road World Championships will run from the 24th to the 27th of September.

Programme:

  • Thursday 24 September 2020, 1440: Women Elite Individual Time Trial
  • Friday 25 September 2020, 1430: Men Elite Individual Time Trial
  • Saturday 26 September 2020, 1235: Women Elite Road Race
  • Sunday 27 September 2020, 1000: Men Elite Road Race

WHO?

As we have come to expect from this year, unpredictability is the name of the game! With riders having had limited race calendars, restricted travel and unusual preparations, it’s difficult to know who will excel in Imola. Add to this the fact that the Tour de France and Giro Rosa finish just one week before the road races, we have the age-old balance of form and fatigue in particularly sharp relief.

SHIMANO will be present in Imola to support our sponsored athletes. SHIMANO will also provide neutral service to all riders in all races. When a rider’s team car is unable to offer mechanical assistance, SHIMANO will be there with spares and a helping hand to keep riders racing and dreams intact.

Here are just a few SHIMANO athletes to look out for -

Unfortunately, a fractured wrist sustained in the Giro Rosa means we won’t see defending Champion, Annemiek van Vleuten, in action. We will keep our eyes on Danish dynamite, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig who loves a climb almost as much as she loves a post-race interview!

In the men’s race, will Primoz Roglic bounce back? And what about Wout? Van Aert has wowed us all season, in all circumstances; could the World Championships be the same? France’s Julian Alaphillipe is surely one of the Deceuninck-Quickstep Wolfpack to watch, whilst Michal Kwiatkowski will be eyeing another year in the rainbow jersey, six years after his Worlds win in Ponferrada. And don’t discount an attack from the Tour de France’s most combative rider, Marc Hirschi!

In the time trial discipline, it’s all eyes on Rohan Dennis going for his third consecutive title, but Jumbo-Visma's Tom Dumoulin or Tony Martin will look to put a stop to that whilst Filippo Ganna will be gunning for glory on home soil. In the women’s race, Team Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann is in with a shot in Imola.

WATCH

Television coverage will depend on your region.

See the TV broadcast list, here: https://www.uci.org/road/events/uci-road-world-championships

You can also follow live updates across the UCI’s social media platforms at ‘@uci_cycling’ on Instagram and Twitter, and ‘UCI’ on Facebook.

The race for the rainbow is on and we are excited to find out who will find gold!

FLASHBACK

Take a look inside the mayhem of the last time the Road World Championships were held in Italy. We followed the race behind the peloton in the Neutral Support car. A race in horrible conditions with lots of rain, crashes and suffering. Let’s hope for better weather this time.

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