UCI Road World Championships 2021: The Essential Preview

Road World Championships Imola 2020
Road World Championships Imola 2020 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The UCI Road World Championships return to one of cycling’s most ingrained and storied heartlands for its 2021 edition: Flanders. That word alone should be enough to raise goosebumps as excitement builds ahead of the battles for the 11 iconic rainbow jerseys up for grabs across the eight-day festival of racing.

Belgium is a country that lives and breathes cycling, but nowhere is this two-wheeled pursuit taken more seriously, or its pedallers more revered, than in the Dutch-speaking north of the country. It’s going to be a party, and, despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic, a well-attended one at that. The fact that Belgium have the outstanding favourite for the elite men’s road race in Wout van Aert, a serious contender for the women’s race in Lotte Kopecky, plus a host of candidates across the time trials and the junior and U23 events, will keep the anticipation and atmosphere high throughout.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.

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