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Italian Filippo Ganna of Ineos Grenadiers winner of the gold medal celebrates on the podium of the men elite time trial race 433 km from KnokkeHeist to Brugge at the UCI World Championships Road Cycling Flanders 2021 in Brugge on Sunday 19 September 2021 The Worlds take place from 19 to 26 September 2021 in several cities in Flanders Belgium BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Filippo Ganna of Italy defends his title to secure the world title in the elite men's time trial in Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images)

Day 1 - Filippo Ganna wins elite men's time trial title at Flanders World Championships

UCI Road World Championships 2021: Elite men's time trial – How it unfolded

Filippo Ganna (Italy) successfully defending his title the men's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Flanders, Belgium on Sunday. The Italian was the last man on the flat 43.3km course, and rocketed to the win with five seconds to spare on Belgian Wout van Aert, who had set the fastest time at both intermediate time checks.

The bronze was taken by Belgian Remco Evenepoel, 44 seconds back, who took the final podium spot two seconds better than Kasper Asgreen (Denmark).

Elite Men's Time Trial
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Filippo Ganna (Italy) 0:47:48
2Wout van Aert (Belgium) 0:00:05
3Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) 0:00:43
4Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) 0:00:45
5Stefan Küng (Switzerland) 0:01:06
6Tony Martin (Germany) 0:01:17
7Stefan Bissegger (Switzerland) 0:01:25
8Ethan Hayter (Great Britain) 0:01:26
9Edoardo Affini (Italy) 0:01:48
10Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) 0:01:52

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The 2021 UCI Road World Championships return to a full schedule in Belgium for a 94th edition of the annual competition. The Flanders region of Belgium will host racing from September 19 to 26, with 11 rainbow jerseys up for grabs. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Road World Championships, first contested for amateurs in 1921. 

Racing will be spread across four host cities - host cities Knokke-Heist, Bruges, Antwerp and Leuven. Last fall the junior and Under-23 events were not held due to COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions, but all disciplines are back on the schedule this year. It is the ninth time Belgium has hosted the Road World Championships, and sixth time across Flanders. 

Time trials

The start of the time trials is situated on the North Sea beach and will take riders through the centre of Knokke-Heist. The routes will then go inland for finishes in Bruges. 

The elite men open competition on Sunday, September 19 with a 43.3km race against the clock. Elite women and Under-23 men will ride a 30.3km course the next day, and juniors will compete on September 21, the junior men riding 22.3km and the junior women riding 19.3km. 

The team time trial mixed relay was introduced in Harrogate in 2019 and is back on the schedule on September 22. The event will see national teams of three men and three women. The men's teams will start in Knokke-Heist and ride in the direction of Bruges, over a similar route as the other TTs. Upon arrival after 22.5 km in Bruges, the women's team will take over, for a 22km route and finish in Bruges.

The reigning champions will be back to defend – Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) for the elite women and Filippo Ganna (Italy) for the elite men.

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Elite Men's ITT course 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Individual time trial map for elite men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: Flanders 2021/UCI)
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Elite Women and U23 men's ITT course 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Individual time trial map for elite women and U23 men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: Flanders 2021/UCI)
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Junior Men's ITT course 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Individual time trial map for junior men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: Flanders 2021/UCI)
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Junior women's ITT course 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Individual time trial map for junior men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: Flanders 2021/UCI)

Road races

The junior men will contest the first road race, taking place on Friday, September 24 across 121.4 kilometres on a circuit course in Leuven. The competition will start at the famous Ladeuzeplei. With eight laps on a local circuit in Leuven, with four hills on each lap, and a winner crowned on the slightly uphill Geldenaaksevest.

Then the U23 men will battle on a 160.9km course that begins in Antwerp and ends in Leuven, using the same local circuit as the juniors for two-and-a-half laps, and also take on a Flandrien circuit that offers six climbs.

Saturday is a day for the women, with the junior women riding a 75km Leuven circuit course, followed by the elite women taking on a 157.7km course with 1,047 metres of elevation gain from Antwerp to Leuven. After arriving in Leuven, the riders will take on the local circuit one and a half times, then the Flandrien loop, and finish with two and a half more laps of the local circuit to determine the winner of the rainbow jersey.

Sunday will focus on the elite men, for a monster 268.3km ride with 2,562 metres of elevation gain from the Grote Markt in Antwerp to Geldenaaksevest in Leuven. In total they will ride eight times on the local Leuven circuit and twice around the Flandrien loop.

The defending champion for elite women is Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) and for the elite men is Julian Alaphilippe (France).

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Road race map for elite men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Road race map for elite men (Image credit: Flanders 2021/UCI)
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Road race profile for elite men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Course profile for elite men's road race (Image credit: Flanders 2021/UCI)
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Road race map for elite women at 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Road race map for elite women (Image credit: Flanders 2021/ UCI)
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Road race profile for elite women at 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Course profile for elite women's road race (Image credit: Flanders 2021/ UCI)
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Flandrien circuit

Flandrien circuit map (Image credit: Flanders 2021/ UCI)
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Leuven local circuit

Leuven local circuit map (Image credit: Flanders 2021/ UCI)
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Road race map for U23 men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Road race map for U23 men (Image credit: Flanders 2021/ UCI)
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Road race map for junior women at 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Road race map for junior women (Image credit: Flanders 2021/ UCI)
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Road race map for junior men at 2021 UCI Road World Championships

Road race map for junior men (Image credit: Flanders 2021/ UCI)

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