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World Championships tech gallery: Nothing but the best for top nations, older equipment for smaller nations

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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Outside of a traditional WorldTour scenario, the disparity between the budgets of national teams becomes apparent
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Atop the Denmark women's car, the disparity becomes most apparent: a Storck Fascenario next to a Nakamura
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

While some teams have the very best kit for their spare bikes, some have to make do with tier-two kit. This is a Trek Emonda SL with an Ultegra 6800 groupset
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Czech rider Jarmila Machacova's number-one bike is a previous-generation, tier-two Specialized Amira
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Belgian Jesse Vandenbulcke was using a Wilier Cento1Air, with sponsors' logos replacing the frame's original paint
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

The Netherlands' Pieter Weening was using a hybrid of Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and Ultegra 6800 on his spare bike
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Greek rider Polychronis Tzortzakis' tyres clearly weren't new for the Worlds road race
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Shimano's Dura-Ace 9000 series is still present in the peloton, and was a common sight among nations without WorldTour-sized budgets
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Japan's Hiromi Koneko used this Yonex for her day in Yorkshire
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

The Swedish team's spare bikes included two old Specialized Tarmac bikes with aluminium wheels
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Shimano Ultegra was a common sight among the bikes in the women's race
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Not every rider gets the latest models provided by sponsors
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

This Look 585 appeared to be the oldest bike on display: a 2006 model with 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

The Portuguese team had this – a Jorbi Supreme – as a spare bike
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Symptoms of an earlier crash were still visible on Croatian rider Mia Radotic's bike.
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

One rider on the Japanese men's team was using this – a Benotti Fuoco
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Another surprising find was this 2012 Canyon with 10-speed Shimano Ultegra
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Shimano Ultegra 6800 was a common sight among the spare bikes of smaller nations
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Another Jorbi: this one is the spare bike of Portuguese rider José Gonçalves
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

In a departure from custom 3D-printed Garmin mounts, this Russian rider opted for a more agricultural solution
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

This Colombian women's team's spare bike features a well used 11-speed Campagnolo Potenza chainset
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

After a crash, big-budget teams will replace components immediately. That isn't an option for other riders
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

Ireland's Alice Sharp uses a Focus Cayo with aluminium rims as her spare bike
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World Championships road race tech gallery

This Team GB car, replete with Team-Ineos-supplied Pinarello F12 bikes totalling around £60,000
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World Championships road race tech gallery

With all five of Kazakhstan's team being contracted to Astana, all bikes were supplied by trade-team sponsor Argon 18
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World Championships road race tech gallery

The value of bikes and wheels atop the Colombian team car equals approximately £80,000
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

The SRM Origin power meter was on a number of the men's bikes
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

CeramicSpeed jockey wheels were fitted to an Italian rider's bike
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

This Argon18 spare features lightweight Corima wheels
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

More weight-saving in the form of these Lightweight wheels was seen on Estonia's Mae Lang's bike
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World Championships Road Race Tech Gallery

All of the Mexican women's team ride for the same Swapit Agolico team, and were all using the Zerouno Elite bikes
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Moving onto some of the other standout things we found in the paddock. Lukas Postlberger has his name and the Austrian flag on his Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea) has a custom top cap which includes his name and the Olympic rings
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Laser's new Genesis helmet was on display on the USA's Chad Haga's head
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World Championships road race tech gallery

The new Look SRM Exact power meter pedals are being used in the men's race
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Sara Penton (Sweden) has a bell incorporated into her Garmin mount
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Even the best don't always get the latest kit: Irish rider Sam Bennett's cockpit features the previous generation S-Works Aero handlebars
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Mihkel Raim, the Estonian who rides for Israel Cycling Academy, has his avatar adorning his top tube
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Rory Townsend of Ireland has bar tape glued to the top of his aero handlebars for extra grip and comfort
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World Championships road race tech gallery

While Garmin and Wahoo dominate the market, Lithuania's Evaldas Siskevicius uses the Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Long stems might be common place in the pro peloton, but this Brazilian rider's stem measured 70mm
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World Championships road race tech gallery

An offcut from a latex inner tube is a good way to hide your transponder
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Italian rider Marta Bastianelli's Luigino Verducci custom shoes are about as bling as they come
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Estaban Chaves (Colombia) was riding a custom Scott Foil RC Disc
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World Championships road race tech gallery

The colour scheme is a nod to the Esteban Chaves Foundation
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Here's a look at the head tube badge
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World Championships road race tech gallery

A USA-branded bike was centre-stage on the roof of the USA team car
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Rohan Dennis (Australia) rode aboard a BMC Gran Fondo – a bike designed for long days in the saddle
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Defending champion Alejandro Valverde swaps the rainbow stripes for a more subtle Spanish theme
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Alice Barnes had custom GB-themed Boa dials on her Fizik shoes
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World Championships road race tech gallery

A close-up of this Lapierre's standout colour scheme
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World Championships road race tech gallery

This pink Trek Emonda was spotted atop a team car
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World Championships road race tech gallery

One of the women on the French team was also using custom Boa dials
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Hannah Barnes (Great Britain) was also using custom Boa dials along with Kalas aero socks
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World Championships road race tech gallery

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) was using custom decals on his Enve wheels
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World Championships road race tech gallery

A Greek rider was seen using this wheel-valve balancing system
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

With the forecast looking bleak, riders took plenty of weather-proofing precautions
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Cycling caps under helmets were plentiful
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Greek rider Stylianos Farantakis had a makeshift fender
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Whereas Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen had a sponsor-branded version
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

There were gloves aplenty at the start line
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Riders from naturally warmer climates were especially wrapped up
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Australian Jack Haig wore neoprene gloves at the start
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Adam Yates (Great Britain) started the day wearing multiple layers with even more stashed in his pockets
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Poland's Maciej Bodnar used Shimano's XTR disc brake rotors for as-good-as-possible stopping power
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

A number of the Bora-Hansgrohe riders were using their team-issue Velotoze overshoes
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

Castelli, the pioneer of the 'rain jersey', was a brand being worn by a lot of the riders on the start line
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World Road Race Championships tech gallery

When your overshoes don't quite fit, the humble safety pin is your friend
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An apparent budget disparity in the paddock

Walking through the team paddock at the UCI Road World Championships, it's easy to be distracted by the rows and rows of £10,000 bikes, with their pristine components, polished frames and brand-new tyres that have seen little more than a scoot across the car park. 

But hidden between the luxury buses, crammed into car-park corners, sit the lesser-represented nations, rarely with more than a solitary vehicle to transport the entire team and staff, bikes and all. It is here you'll find the riders without that big-budget WorldTour contract – and some even without a bike sponsor. 

These are the nations whose entire World Championships budget would fail to pay for the spare bikes sat atop Team GB's support car, yet it shows you really don't need the latest kit to ride at the top of the sport. 

Federations such as the Netherlands, Germany and Slovenia's support vehicles were laden with spares for their star riders. A quick tally up of the retail value of these bikes sat at around £80,000 per car. Compare that with the Russian women's team - two of whom finished a race in which 63 riders didn't - whose support car sported a 13-year-old Look 585 running 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace, worth considerably less. 

Wet-weather gear

On a day when every Briton's favourite topic was the early talking point, with the weather causing a shortening of the route and the forecast looking to remain bleak, the start line for the men's elite road race was awash with wet-weather gear. Overshoes, fenders, rain capes and gloves were the order of the day as riders expected a grim day in the saddle. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see all the tech on display over the final two days at the UCI Road World Championships