Italy hoping for a World Championships miracle on home roads in Imola

Vinceno Nibali (Italy)
Vinceno Nibali (Italy) (Image credit: Massino Fulgenzi)

The Italian squadra has gathered in Imola, hoping that home advantage can give it an edge in the elite men’s and women’s road race World Championships.

Italy can count on Filippo Ganna as a likely medal winner in the men’s time trial on Friday and the women’s team is always competitive in the road race. However, Italy always expects a rainbow jersey in the men’s road race, with the memories of Vittorio Adorni winning the world title in Imola in 1968 sparking nostalgia for when Italy was one of cycling's dominant nations and  further raising expectations of success.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.