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Iconic Images: UCI Worlds road race

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The 1995 road race podium in Colombia. Olano flanked by Miguel Indurain and Marco Pantani

The 1995 road race podium in Colombia. Olano flanked by Miguel Indurain and Marco Pantani
(Image credit: Sirotti)
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Not many riders have defended the title but Gianni Bugno managed it in 1992

Not many riders have defended the title but Gianni Bugno managed it in 1992
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Phil Anderson leads through the feed zone, with Greg Lemond just behind him

Phil Anderson leads through the feed zone, with Greg Lemond just behind him
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Johan Museeuw sprints clear of Mauro Gianetti to win the title in 1996

Johan Museeuw sprints clear of Mauro Gianetti to win the title in 1996
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Legendary Alfredo Martini hangs out of the car in 1988

Legendary Alfredo Martini hangs out of the car in 1988
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It's 1984 and Greg Lemond is leading Italian Marino Amadori

It's 1984 and Greg Lemond is leading Italian Marino Amadori
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Landis marks moves at the front of the field in 2003

Landis marks moves at the front of the field in 2003
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Now with Leopard Trek, Kim Andersen makes a move off the front in the 1982 race

Now with Leopard Trek, Kim Andersen makes a move off the front in the 1982 race
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A baby faced Laurent Jalabert finished second to Gianni Bugno in 1992. It was the closest the Frenchman ever came to victory in the road race

A baby faced Laurent Jalabert finished second to Gianni Bugno in 1992. It was the closest the Frenchman ever came to victory in the road race
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The 2009 Italian team line up at the start. As three-time defending champions the pressure was on.

The 2009 Italian team line up at the start. As three-time defending champions the pressure was on.
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Andy Hampsten races clear in 1989. Team mate Greg Lemond would go on to win the race

Andy Hampsten races clear in 1989. Team mate Greg Lemond would go on to win the race
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Alessandro Paganessi (Italy) in Altenrhein in 1983

Alessandro Paganessi (Italy) in Altenrhein in 1983
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Phil Anderson racing for Australia in 1983

Phil Anderson racing for Australia in 1983
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Romāns Vainšteins was strong all season in 2000. A move to Domo followed but he famously turned up to training camp over weight

Romāns Vainšteins was strong all season in 2000. A move to Domo followed but he famously turned up to training camp over weight
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Steve Bauer on the attack in 1984

Steve Bauer on the attack in 1984
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Mark Cavendish in Geelong in 2010

Mark Cavendish in Geelong in 2010
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The Geelong peloton. 2010 marked Australia's first World road race

The Geelong peloton. 2010 marked Australia's first World road race
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Teammates turned foes: Frank Schleck and Fabian Cancellara

Teammates turned foes: Frank Schleck and Fabian Cancellara
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The Italian road team crest a climb in 2010

The Italian road team crest a climb in 2010
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2010 champion Thor Hushovd

2010 champion Thor Hushovd
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Oscar Freire wins his third title in 2004

Oscar Freire wins his third title in 2004
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Oscar Freire proved 1999 was no fluke with his win in 2001

Oscar Freire proved 1999 was no fluke with his win in 2001
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Tom Boonen was Belgium's first winner since 1996.

Tom Boonen was Belgium's first winner since 1996.
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Paolo Bettini had a poor 2007 by his standards but made up for that with a wining ride in Stuttgart

Paolo Bettini had a poor 2007 by his standards but made up for that with a wining ride in Stuttgart
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Maurizio Fondriest in 1987. A year later he would win the race

Maurizio Fondriest in 1987. A year later he would win the race
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A young Franco Ballerini racing in 1986

A young Franco Ballerini racing in 1986
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Igor Astarloa leads home a Spanish one-two in Hamilton, 2003. Valverde took silver

Igor Astarloa leads home a Spanish one-two in Hamilton, 2003. Valverde took silver
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Lance Armstrong solos over the line in Oslo in 1993. Rival Jan Ullrich won the U23 race that same year.

Lance Armstrong solos over the line in Oslo in 1993. Rival Jan Ullrich won the U23 race that same year.
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Lance Armstrong smiles, Miguel Indurain looks less than impressed

Lance Armstrong smiles, Miguel Indurain looks less than impressed
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Moreno Argentin and Francesco Moser in the pack in 1983

Moreno Argentin and Francesco Moser in the pack in 1983
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Jonathan Boyer (USA) in 1984

Jonathan Boyer (USA) in 1984
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Gianni Bugno after his win in 1992

Gianni Bugno after his win in 1992
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The late Laurent Fignon (France) in 1989

The late Laurent Fignon (France) in 1989
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Cadel Evans becomes Australia's first winner. 2009 was one of the most exciting Worlds in recent memory

Cadel Evans becomes Australia's first winner. 2009 was one of the most exciting Worlds in recent memory
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Thierry Claveyrolat sadly took his own life in 1999. Here he is racing for France in 1989.

Thierry Claveyrolat sadly took his own life in 1999. Here he is racing for France in 1989.
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Mario Cipollini had a stellar year in 2003 and capped it with the rainbow jersey in Zolder

Mario Cipollini had a stellar year in 2003 and capped it with the rainbow jersey in Zolder
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Cadel Evans's wife shows her emotion as she watches the Australian win the Worlds in 2009

Cadel Evans's wife shows her emotion as she watches the Australian win the Worlds in 2009
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A exhausted Fabian Cancellara crosses the line in 2009. The Swiss rider was one of the strongest riders in the race but was beaten through better tactics rather than just pure strength

A exhausted Fabian Cancellara crosses the line in 2009. The Swiss rider was one of the strongest riders in the race but was beaten through better tactics rather than just pure strength
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Oscar Camenzind rode away from a group of favourites in 1998 to take the title

Oscar Camenzind rode away from a group of favourites in 1998 to take the title
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Lucien Van Impe heads to the start race in 1983. The Belgian never made the podium during his career

Lucien Van Impe heads to the start race in 1983. The Belgian never made the podium during his career
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The UCI World Championships have thrown up some of the most memorable moments in cycling. With the help of our Italian photographer correspondent Sirotti, we take a look back at some of the most iconic riders and races from the last 30 years.

Sirotti has been photographing cycling races for a number of decades and has provided the sport with timeless photos. In this selection we pick out some of our favourites: from Armstrong to Bugno, Lemond to Fignon.

There are also shots of a very young Maurizio Fondriest before he won the worlds title in Belgium in 1988 and and even younger Lance Armstrong after he won in Oslo in 1993.

Sirotti also travelled to Duitama, Colombia in 1995 to capture Marco Pantani, as he tried to win the world title on one of the toughest courses ever used. Abraham Olano won, ahead of Pantani and Miguel Indurain.

There are also images of Mario Cipollini winning in Zolder, Belgium in 2002 and of Tom Boonen's perfect sprint in Madrid in 2005.

More recent images recall Cadel Evans victory in Mendrisio in 2009. Evans celebrated and so did his partner Chiara, confirming the unique emotions of the World Championships.