2022 UCI Road World Championships – 10 riders to watch in the elite men's road race

Van Aert Alaphilippe Van der Poel Worlds 2022 Getty Images composite
Wout van Aert, Julian Alaphilippe, and Mathieu van der Poel are among the top favourites for glory in Wollongong (Image credit: Getty Images composite)

The stars are lining up for a shot at winning the rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race in Wollongong, Australia.

The centrepiece of the circuit will be the climb of Mount Pleasant and its testing descent, tackled a dozen times. This race is set to pit puncheurs against Grand Tour stars and hardy sprinters as they compete for the hallowed rainbow jersey.

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Andy McGrath

Formerly the editor of Rouleur magazine, Andy McGrath is a freelance journalist and the author of God Is Dead: The Rise and Fall of Frank Vandenbroucke, Cycling’s Great Wasted Talent