Countdown to the road races
The countdown until the crescendo of the UCI 2017 World Road Championships is reaching the final stretch.
Women´s and Men´s Elite road races are about to go down. What names are hailed as favourites?
The course in Bergen will not be an easy task and somewhat unpredictable. However, looking at the predictions of the press there is some names to recon with.
Women´s Road Race - Saturday
The women´s race will go a distance of 152,8 km, including 8 laps on the 19.1 km long circuit.
Strong riders as Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) who won the Time Trial Wednesday, Coryn Rivera (US), Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen (NED), Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL) will compete amongst well-known veterans such as Marianne Vos (NED) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA). Last year’s gold medallist Danish Amalie Dideriksen also in the bunch, but on a very different race course than in Doha. Velonews mentions some interesting riders amongst their top contenders such as with Jolien D´hooren (BEL).
Norway with 6 riders in the peloton set hopes for Vita Heine. Lotta Lepisto (FIN) is another cyclist from the Nordic countries to watch. Former World Champion Lizzie Deignan (GRB) also line up to have a go! Read more on Cyclingstage.com´s top picks and Cyclingsnews 10 riders to watch out for.
Men´s Road Race - Sunday
There is no doubt Peter Sagan (SLO) is worth watching. Looking for his third consecutive gold medal at the UCI World Road Championships he is indeed the contender an everyone’s mind. Now, looking into the start list, you find Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) the World Champion in 2014, Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) and Fernando Gaviria (COL) with strong country men alongside him such as Urán and Quintana. Velonews adds some names to the top contenders as well.
On the Norweigan side of things hope are with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Alexander Kristoff. Australian Michael Matthews, Matteo Trentin (ITA) and Philippe Gilbert (BEL) are amongst many other of the world best to cheer on along the streets of Bergen during the 267.5 kilometres long race. Read more on Cyclingstage.com´s top picks and Cyclingsnews 10 riders to watch out for.
On our webpage you’ll find the startslist for road races.
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