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Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) destroys the field to take another world title, this time in the junior men's road race

Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) destroys the field to take another world title, this time in the junior men's road race
(Image credit: Chris Auld)
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Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) in full flight, heading for his second successive victory in U23 Men's Individual Time Trial

Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) in full flight, heading for his second successive victory in U23 Men's Individual Time Trial
(Image credit: Chris Auld)
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain) savouring victory in the Elite Men's Road Race

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) savouring victory in the Elite Men's Road Race
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A select group on the lower slopes of Höttinger Höll in the elite men's road race

A select group on the lower slopes of Höttinger Höll in the elite men's road race
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The elite men's peloton heads towards the final climb of Höttinger Höll

The elite men's peloton heads towards the final climb of Höttinger Höll
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Canyon-SRAM on their way to victory in the women's team time trial

Canyon-SRAM on their way to victory in the women's team time trial
(Image credit: Chris Auld)
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Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) soloing to victory in the elite women’s road race

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) soloing to victory in the elite women’s road race
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Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) tackling the final climb on here way to victory in the elite women’s road race

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) tackling the final climb on here way to victory in the elite women’s road race
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Rohan Dennis (Australia) on his way to victory in the elite men's individual time trial

Rohan Dennis (Australia) on his way to victory in the elite men's individual time trial
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) passes through the stunning Austrian scenery on her way to the elite women's individual time trial title

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) passes through the stunning Austrian scenery on her way to the elite women's individual time trial title
(Image credit: Chris Auld)
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Pre-race favourite Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) takes victory in the junior men's individual time trial

Pre-race favourite Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) takes victory in the junior men's individual time trial
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain), Romain Bardet (France) and Michael Woods (Canada) descend towards the finish of the elite men's road race in Innsbruck

Alejandro Valverde (Spain), Romain Bardet (France) and Michael Woods (Canada) descend towards the finish of the elite men's road race in Innsbruck
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Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) on the start ramp, on her way to victory in the junior women's individual time trial

Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) on the start ramp, on her way to victory in the junior women's individual time trial
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Quick-Step Floors on their way to victory in the men's team time trial

Quick-Step Floors on their way to victory in the men's team time trial
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The peloton passes through the narrow streets of Innsbruck old town

The peloton passes through the narrow streets of Innsbruck old town
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Marc Hirschi (Switzerland) crosses the finish line in the Under 23 Mens Road Race

Marc Hirschi (Switzerland) crosses the finish line in the Under 23 Mens Road Race
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Michael Valgren (Denmark)

Michael Valgren (Denmark)
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Michael Woods (Canada) attacks on the Höll climb

Michael Woods (Canada) attacks on the Höll climb
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Coryn Rivera (USA)

Coryn Rivera (USA)
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Amy Pieters and Annemiek van Vleuten celebrate

Amy Pieters and Annemiek van Vleuten celebrate
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain) exploded with joy

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) exploded with joy
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Julian Alaphilippe (France) comes in for eighth

Julian Alaphilippe (France) comes in for eighth
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Ben King (USA) crashes with Slovenia's Primoz Roglic at the 2018 elite men's Worlds road race

Ben King (USA) crashes with Slovenia's Primoz Roglic at the 2018 elite men's Worlds road race
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Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) flanked by Camilla Alessio (Italy) and Elynor Backstedt (Great Britain).

Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) flanked by Camilla Alessio (Italy) and Elynor Backstedt (Great Britain).
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Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) attacks

Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) attacks
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Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)
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The UCI World Championships women's road race in Innsbruck

The UCI World Championships women's road race in Innsbruck
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Bjorg Lambrecht and Marc Hirschi on the U23 road race podium

Bjorg Lambrecht and Marc Hirschi on the U23 road race podium
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The 2018 UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race in Innsbruck

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race in Innsbruck
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Peter Kennaugh (Great Britain) on the attack

Peter Kennaugh (Great Britain) on the attack
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Roman Bardet (France)

Roman Bardet (France)
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Canyon-SRAM beat Boels Dolmans and Sunweb to win the 2018 Worlds team time trial.

Canyon-SRAM beat Boels Dolmans and Sunweb to win the 2018 Worlds team time trial.
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Rohan Dennis on the front for BMC Racing

Rohan Dennis on the front for BMC Racing
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Niki Terpstra celebrates his team time trial gold medal

Niki Terpstra celebrates his team time trial gold medal
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Marc Hirschi of Switzerland looks back as he nears the finish of the U23 road race

Marc Hirschi of Switzerland looks back as he nears the finish of the U23 road race
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain) expresses genuine shock at winning the world title after being forced to lead out the sprint

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) expresses genuine shock at winning the world title after being forced to lead out the sprint
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Woods and Bardet look back to find Valverde has made it

Woods and Bardet look back to find Valverde has made it
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Tom Dumoulin missed the Worlds podium in fourth

Tom Dumoulin missed the Worlds podium in fourth
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) chases back to the three leaders

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) chases back to the three leaders
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Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) wins

Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) wins
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Laura Stigger sprints for the line

Laura Stigger sprints for the line
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Laura Stigger at the start of the women's junior road race

Laura Stigger at the start of the women's junior road race
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The 2018 UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race in Innsbruck

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race in Innsbruck
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The under-23 road race gets underway at the Innsbruck Worlds.

The under-23 road race gets underway at the Innsbruck Worlds.
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Rohan Dennis (Australia)

Rohan Dennis (Australia)
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Rohan Dennis shows off his gold medal from the 2018 UCI Road World championships time trial

Rohan Dennis shows off his gold medal from the 2018 UCI Road World championships time trial
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)
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And so it ends: eight magnificent days of racing around stunning Innsbruck, Austria, where the world champions in the disciplines of time trialling and road racing, at junior, under-23 and elite levels, were crowned.

The new world champions now have 12 months as custodians of their rainbow jerseys before we do it all again in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in the UK.

Can the Dutch women's team dominate again, as they have at the championships for the past two years? Will Spain's Alejandro Valverde still have the hunger, and indeed the legs, to defend his title, or will we see 2015, 2016 and 2017 road race world champion Peter Sagan take back 'his' rainbow jersey? And what kind of progression will we see from the junior riders, like Remco Evenepoel, who won both the time trial and the road race in the junior men's category?

In the meantime, enjoy our gallery of the best pictures from the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck.