Preview: Road World Championships 2021
Who’s going for gold in Belgium this weekend? Let’s take a look!
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.
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
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.
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|
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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