Sep 22, 2021

Preview: Road World Championships 2021

Sep 22, 2021

Who’s going for gold in Belgium this weekend? Let’s take a look!

Preview: Road World Championships 2021 Road World Championships 2021 - who will win? © Kramon

The fight for the rainbow stripes has begun to unfold on the tarmac around the Flanders region of Belgium. Famed for its punchy climbs and revered by all for its unique culture and extensive road cycling history, Flanders promises to deliver worthy winners to the finish line.

Preview: Road World Championships 2021 Mathieu van der Poel on the cobbles of Belgium with the current world champion Julian Alaphilippe. © Kramon

Road World Championships Schedule

The 2021 UCI Road World Championships begin on Monday 19th September 2021 and end on Sunday 26th September 2021.

  • Sunday 19th September: Elite Men’s Individual Time Trial
  • Monday 20th September: U23 Men’s Individual Time Trial and Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial
  • Tuesday 21st September: Junior Women’s Individual Time Trial and Junior Men’s Individual Time Trial
  • Wednesday 22nd September: Mixed Relay Team Time Trial
  • Friday 24th September: Junior Men’s Road Race and U23 Men’s Road Race
  • Saturday 25th September: Junior Women’s Road Race and Elite Women’s Road Race
  • Sunday 26th September: Elite Men’s Road Race
Preview: Road World Championships 2021 Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert in a photo finish during the 2020 Tour of Flanders. © Kramon

The Riders

Mathieu van der Poel’s participation in the World Championships was in jeopardy just a couple of weeks ago due to injury. The Netherlands national team confirmed his participation and we’re excited to see what Mathieu can do in Sunday’s road race. Can we expect a replay of the 2020 Tour of Flanders duel against the Belgian native and arch-rival Wout van Aert?

On the women’s side, it’s hard to look past the stacked Dutch team. Annemiek van Vleuten, who came first in the Olympic Time Trial and second in the Road Race will be supported by arguably the strongest team in the bunch. After a bronze medal in the time trial, can she solidify her successful season in gold?

Having secured Olympic gold in Tokyo, winning the Ladies Tour of Norway and the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, it certainly looks like she has what it takes to secure her fourth elite road race world championship title.

Preview: Road World Championships 2021 Annemiek van Vleuten on her way to a bronze medal on her Speedmax in the Elite Women's Individual Time Trial. © Kramon

The Route

The men’s and women’s elite races begin in Antwerp in the direction of Leuven. Once there, the peloton will battle through circuits requiring tactical decisions as the road rises up frequently beneath their wheels.

Women Elite Road Race Men Elite Road Race
Date Saturday 25th September Sunday 26th September
Start Antwerp 12:20 Antwerp 10:25
Finish (estimated) Leuven 16:45 Leuven 17:00
Elevation 1047m 2562m
Distance 157.7km 268.3km
Preview: Road World Championships 2021 The men's and women's Dutch teams are very strong with Canyon's own Annemiek van Vleuten and Mathieu van der Poel. © Kramon

How to watch

The races will be live on Eurosport and GCN+ throughout the championships including the U23, Junior and Mixed Relay TTT titles. Viewers in the USA can find all the action on NBC Sports while Canadian fans can tune into Flobike. Australians can find coverage of the world championships on SBS.

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