By Shane Stokes
The first events in the 2007 world road race championships take place on Wednesday, with the running of the under 23 men time trial alreaduy concluded and the elite women time trial happening in the afternon. So far, the UCI says it is happy with the build-up.
“I think that the organisation is super; we are very happy with it and with everything that has been put in place by the local committee,” said Pat McQuaid on Wednesday morning. “The weather seems to be holding up…the forecast was bad for today but it is doing fine so far.”
He hasn’t yet seen the full road and time trial courses but thinks that the races will ensure a worthy winner. “I think it is a hard finish. From what I can see, if a group comes to finish together, it would want to be a very intelligent rider to time the sprint perfectly. It is an uphill finish after 250 kilometres, and at that point it will be like going up a mountain.”
The elite men’s time trial follows on Thursday. Saturday sees the road races for the under 23 men and the elite women take place, then the elite men will clash in their big showdown one day later.