The 2019 UCI Road World Championships will take place in Yorkshire, Great Britain from September 21-29. The racing will be centred around Harrogate, but start locations will be spread across the county, in Ripon, Northallerton, Richmond, Doncaster, Bradford and Leeds.
For the first time, para-cycling will feature as part of the UCI’s showcase week, with road races on the Harrogate circuit on the opening Saturday. The following day will see the first edition of the new team time trial mixed relay, which will see national teams of three men and three women compete on two laps of a 14km circuit in Harrogate. The men’s trio will tackle the first lap before passing on to the women’s trio for the second lap.
After the junior men’s and women’s time trials on September 23, the under-23 men and elite women tackle a 32.5km course from Ripon to Harrogate the following day. On September 25, the 54km elite men’s time trial takes places between Northallerton and Harrogate, with defending champion Rohan Dennis of Australia going up against 19-year-old European TT champion Remco Evenepoel of Belgium.
The junior men’s and women’s road races and the under-23 men’s road race take place on the Thursday and Friday, with the final weekend in Yorkshire devoted to the elite road races.
The elite women’s road race starts from Bradford and tackles three laps of the Harrogate circuit for a total distance of 149.5km. on Sunday, September 29, the elite men tackle a 284.5km course that starts from Leeds and takes in seven laps of the Harrogate circuit.
The hilly and technical circuit in Harrogate is 14km in length, and a wide variety of riders will travel to Yorkshire with a chance of landing the world title. Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain) will be the home favourite in the women’s road race, while a Dutch squad with Annemiek van Vleuten, Chantal Blaak, Anna van der Breggen and Marianne Vos will have plenty of options for victory.
Three-time champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia), as ever, leads the line of contenders for the elite men's world title, though on a course so open to interpretation, expect a very deep pool of possible winners on the start line in Leeds. France's Julian Alaphilippe and Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands have also emerged as two big favourites to win the rainbow jersey.
Yorkshire has placed itself firmly on the world cycling map in the years since its successful hosting of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014, with the Tour de Yorkshire now a firm fixture on the international calendar.
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