The 2022 season is drawing to a close and that means that the UCI Road World Championships are upon us, with plenty of new rainbow jerseys ready to be handed out over a week of racing in Wollongong, Australia.
Cyclingnews will have full stage reports, results, news, interviews, and analysis throughout the week, from the juniors to the pros, women and men.
The 2022 Worlds will be broadcast around Europe and throughout the rest of the world on September 18-25, with all races aired from start to finish, and you can find out how to watch them wherever you are with our handy guide and with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
As one of the final major events of the season, it's no surprise that the start lists are packed with big names hoping to do battle for the title of world champion.
In the men's race, two-time world champion Julian Alaphilippe (France) is back in action after crashing out of the Vuelta a España and he'll be hoping to add a third rainbow jersey to his collection.
Wout van Aert is among the top favourites too, and the 2020 silver medallist is joined in the Belgian squad by Vuelta champion Remco Evenepoel. Classics men Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) and Biniam Girmay (Eritrea) are also rated among the favourites.
Michael Matthews (Australia) is the home favourite, the versatile sprinter often performing well at the Worlds. Fellow versatile fastmen Alexander Kristoff (Norway) and Matteo Trentin (Italy) are also riders to watch.
Climbers Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia) and Nairo Quintana (Colombia) will hope to take advantage of the hilly course, while elsewhere Magnus Cort (Denmark), Fred Wright (Great Britain), Filippo Ganna, Alberto Bettiol (Italy), and Stefan Küng (Switzerland) are also key men to follow during the week.
The women's races will play host to a swathe of top names, with the Dutch squad topping the start list as Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Demi Vollering, and Ellen van Dijk all heading to Australia.
Lotte Kopecky (Belgium), Kasia Niewiadoma (Poland), and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark) are among the other big favourites, as are Italian duo Elisa Longo Borghini and reigning road champion Elisa Balsamo.
Elsewhere, look out for Juliette Labous (France), Grace Brown (Australia), Kristen Faulkner (USA), and Marlen Reusser (Switzerland).
Read on for all the information on how to watch the 2022 UCI Road World Championships.
The 2022 UCI Road World Championships will be broadcast in the United Kingdom and around Europe (excluding Italy, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) on GCN+ (opens in new tab) and Eurosport – via Discovery+ (opens in new tab).
A subscription to Discovery+ costs £6.99/$9.15 per month, or £59.99/$78.51 for a 12-month pass. A year's subscription to GCN+ costs £39.99.
Free-to-air coverage is also available in the UK via the BBC (opens in new tab).
In the USA, coverage will be available live on Flobikes (opens in new tab) with a subscription costing $12.99 per month. In Australia both Stan Sport (opens in new tab) and Nine Network (opens in new tab) (elite road races only) will be airing the week's events.
Be warned, though, geo-restrictions may apply if you're outside your home country or on holiday during the race.
You can get around that, however, by accessing the streams via a VPN.
ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) offers the ability to simulate being back in your home country, allowing you to watch the race live on various devices – including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.
|Date||Time (Aus EST)||Time (CEST)||Time (USA EST)|
|Elite women time trial||Sept 18||09:35 – 12:30||01:35 – 04:30||19:35 – 22:30|
|Elite men time trial||Sept 18||13:40 – 17:00||05:40 – 09:00||23:40 – 03:00|
|U23 men time trial||Sept 19||13:20 – 17:00||05:20 – 09:00||23:20 – 03:00|
|Junior women time trial||Sept 20||09:30 – 11:05||01:30 – 03:05||13:30 – 21:05|
|Junior men time trial||Sept 20||13:20 – 17:00||05:20 – 09:00||23:20 – 03:00|
|Mixed relay team time trial||Sept 21||14:20 – 17:05||06:20 – 09:05||00:20 – 03:05|
|Junior men road race||Sept 23||08:15 – 11:35||00:15 – 03:35||18:15 – 21:35|
|U23 men road race||Sept 23||13:00 – 17:10||05:00 – 09:00||23:00 – 03:10|
|Junior women road race||Sept 24||08:00 – 09:50||00:00 – 01:50||18:00 – 19:50|
|Elite women road race||Sept 24||12:25 – 17:00||04:25 – 09:00||22:25 – 03:00|
|Elite men road race||Sept 25||10:15 – 16:50||02:15 – 08:50||20:15 – 02:50|
We'll have insight and coverage on all the action throughout the week as hundreds of riders do battle over the rainbow jerseys on offer. In addition to full race reportage including live reports, we'll have news, interviews, and analysis throughout the Road World Championships.
Check out the links below to keep up to date with the latest from the Worlds as well as the key race previews.
Daniel Ostanek is production editor at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired as staff writer. Prior to joining the team, he had written for most major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly, Rouleur, and CyclingTips.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France and the spring Classics, and has interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.
As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Daniel also runs The Leadout newsletter and oversees How to Watch guides throughout the season. His favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Volta a Portugal, and he rides a Colnago C40.