UCI Highway World Championships 2020: Elite Males’s Highway Race – Stay protection

UCI Road World Championships 2020: Elite Men's Road Race - Live coverage



Rise and shine, it is time for the coveted rainbow jersey to be determined within the males’s elite street world championships. We’re in Imola and the race is about to begin in roughly 40 minutes. Stick to us for full dwell protection. 


The race is 258.2km in size, and as we noticed yesterday within the girls’s race there are two decisive climbs throughout every lap – the Mazzolano (2.8km at a median gradient of 5.9 per cent, with most gradients of 13 per cent) and the Cima Gallisterna (2.7km at 6.4 per cent, with stretches at 14 per cent). 


Riders are presently hovering across the begin and there is a large pool of expertise right here relating to choosing a winner. That can assist you out, we have chosen ten riders to look at within the race. Right here they’re!

Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert wins the opening stage of the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné. The Belgian will be a key part of the Tour de France squad to support Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin

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We had the ladies’s race yesterday, and it was one other present of full domination from the Dutch. They gained their fourth title in 4 years and went first, second and fourth on the day. You’ll be able to learn our conclusions from the race, simply right here.


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The Tour de France champion is right here and he means enterprise. He is after all teaming up with the rider he beat on the Tour, Primoz Roglic to steer his nation on the Worlds. Will they go 1-2 in the present day? Simply think about. 


A brand new world champion will likely be topped in the present day, and which means it is the tip of the street for Mads Pedersen within the rainbow jersey – for a 12 months anyway. He is written this private and touching weblog about his time within the jersey.

Road race champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) at the 2020 Tour de France – his last race in the rainbow jersey

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One of many pre-race favourites,  Julian Alaphilippe has given his evaluation forward of the race:

“We’re outsiders however that doesn’t imply we don’t have ambition. The Slovenians and plenty of others are able to making the race onerous and profitable, however I believe it will likely be a very totally different race to the Tour. The Worlds is at all times raced in another way. There are actually numerous riders who can win so it’s onerous to single out a favorite,” stated Alaphillipe, who leads a French staff with out Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, crash victims on the Tour.


And on Friday night time we talked to Michael Matthews about his hopes of constructing the rostrum. He wasn’t right down to journey the Worlds till the course modified from Switzerland to Italy.

“If I am not on day, and it turns into an actual day for the climbers, then we’ve Richie right here with us to take over,” defined Matthews. “The climbs listed here are steeper and tougher than we had in Yorkshire [at the 2019 Worlds road race, where Matthews took 24th place out of just 46 finishers]. The climbs final 12 months have been brief and punchy, whereas right here they’re longer and extra suited extra to the pure climbers. The climbs right here go up in steps, which is sort of onerous.

“The course final 12 months suited me, however it additionally suited numerous guys who race in the same approach. The circumstances that we ended up having undoubtedly did not swimsuit me,” Matthews continued, remembering the moist and chilly in Yorkshire final 12 months.

This is our full interview with Matthews.


Sepp Kuss is right here and can lead a small however respectable USA staff. Powless can be on the beginning listing for the riders within the stars and stripes.

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Greg Van Avermaet stopped for a fast natter with the media. He is a darkish horse in the present day and it is a uncommon day during which he will not line up as the primary favorite in his staff, and he may gain advantage from being the foil for Wout Van Aert. The CCC rider has a good chance in the present day. 

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Woods leads Canada at this championships and he appeared good throughout Tirreno earlier within the month. He got here so shut a number of years in the past and the course does swimsuit him however he’ll most likely want to complete alone as a result of he cannot carry a journey like Alaphilippe or Wout Van Aert to the road.

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All our riders are on the beginning listing with the Danes lined out on the entrance. No defending champion this 12 months however with Fuglsang they’ve an enormous favorite of their ranks. 


And we’ll have a neutralized lap across the circuit to start with as we see quite a few riders in arm heaters and some further layers. 


On paper Nibali leads Italy however his kind has not been nice since racing re-starts. The house nation do have the in-form Diego Ulissi of their ranks, nonetheless and a few are tipping him for the rainbow jersey.

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The whole begin listing, for in the present day, is simply right here. The riders have simply accomplished a lap of the circuit and are about to maneuver out onto open roads. 


We’re racing and from the gun we’ve riders attempting to assault. A rider from Romania is within the combine because the bunch strains out.


Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece) is the following rider to present it a go together with a punchy little assault however no luck and we’re again collectively once more.


Daniil Fominykh (Kazakhstan) kicks issues off once more and race radio has informed us that Lutsenko hasn’t began. 


We’ve got a bunch of seven and so they’re clear with 253km to go. 


And  our leaders have instantly opened up an in depth hole because the peloton sit up. The lead is presently at 2’33 with 249km to go.


Our seven leaders are: Koch (GER), Traeen (NOR), Friedrich (AUT), Fomynkh (KAZ), Arashiro (JAP), Grosu (ROM) and Castillo (MEX).



The seven leaders have a 3’17 lead with 244km to go because the race begins to climb. Again within the bunch and the tempo is fairly relaxed.


The rationale Lutsenko is not on the startline in the present day is due to a optimistic COVID-19. We’ll have extra particulars on that later this morning.


The hole has moved as much as 3’53 with 242km to go because the bunch deal with the primary climb of the race.


There are many followers alongside the facet of the street already. They’re in it for the lengthy haul and appear to be loving it for the time being. I believe I even heard the Italian nationwide anthem on one of many corners. 


The flags alongside the facet of the street should not billowing almost as a lot as they have been for the ladies’s street race yesterday. It’s a rather more nonetheless day for the time being, however a lot cooler too. 


Slovenia have been very current on the entrance of the peloton to date in the present day. Everyone will likely be them to do one thing in the present day, given the nation’s efficiency on the Tour de France. We’ll have to attend and see how messers Roglic and Pogacar from the Tour. 


Scenario 229.2km to go

The hole has been hovering across the four-minute mark for some time however the peloton has allowed the leaders a bit extra rope. The breakaway now has 5:21 on the bunch behind.


Away from in the present day’s racing briefly and Remco Evenepoel has been informed he can start coaching at dwelling. Evenepoel had that horrible crash throughout Il Lombardia, when he went over a bridge and broke his pelvis. Learn the total story right here. 


Switzerland is one other staff that has been close to the entrance of the peloton proper from the beginning. They’ve Tour de France star Marc Hirschi amongst their quantity in the present day. May he placed on one other daring assault in the present day to take the rainbow jersey? After his performances in France, you need to think about that the favourites would not be too eager to let him get away. 


As at all times, the Belgian staff has a plethora of potential contenders. Mainly amongst them is Wout van Aert. Maybe the course is a bit too difficult for him in opposition to some robust climbers however you simply cannot rely him out of something for the time being. Even when it does show an excessive amount of for Van Aert, they’ve Greg Van Avermaet, Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot. 


Scenario – 219.1km to go

With approach over 200km to go, the hole retains pushing out to our main group. 6:42 now for our escapees. 


The staff of the outgoing world champion Mads Pedersen has been up in the direction of the entrance for a lot of the day to date. Pedersen  just isn’t right here in Imola in the present day however the Danish do have a contender for in the present day in Jakob Fuglsang.


There have been three non-starters this morning: Nikias Arndt, Natnael Berhane and Alexey Lutsenko. The Kazakh federation confirmed that Lutsenko wouldn’t make the beginning after testing optimistic for coronavirus. Learn extra on the story right here. 


A little bit of a wobble within the bunch on one of many climbs and some riders must clip out. It causes a little bit of a visitors jam however it would not appear to be anybody has been injured, fortunately. 


It seems to be just like the wind is choosing up a bit. It is nonetheless not gusting fairly prefer it was yesterday however it may play a job later in the present day if it continues to get stronger. 


This 12 months’s worlds has been thrown collectively on the final minute because of Covid-19 forcing the UCI to maneuver it away from Switzerland. It meant most of the riders acquired their first sight of the course once they arrived in Imola earlier this week. Oliver Naesen is in Italy for the Belgian squad and gave his ideas on the course after driving it yesterday. Learn what he needed to say right here.


Scenario – 200.8km to go

The hole is fairly secure for the time being at 6:26.


The bunch are on the race observe for the time being and the pace on the entrance, set by Silvan Dillier, is stretching the peloton out into one lengthy line. 


The Imola race circuit is without doubt one of the quickest, if not the quickest, circuits on the F1 calendar so the riders will have the ability to construct up numerous pace going by means of right here. It ought to be a quick end, in 198km time. 


The peloton passes by means of the end line and so they have seven extra laps of this hilly circuit. 


Silvan Dillier has finished an enormous activate the entrance of the peloton by means of the circuit. He strikes off now as we head again into the extra hilly part. 


It is now Slovenia’s Luka Pibernik sitting on the entrance and setting the tempo. The bunch is conserving an in depth eye on the hole of the escapees, leaving them on the market at simply over six minutes. 



If you have not finished it already, take a learn of our 10 riders to look at. 


Tom Dumoulin has been sitting close to the again of the bunch for lots of the race to date, as has Pieter Weening. Dumoulin may very well be a a contender in the present day if he is nonetheless acquired a few of his Tour de France kind, whereas Sam Oomen can be an out of doors guess. 


It is nonetheless fairly overcast for the time being and loads of arm heaters on. Mercifully, there isn’t any rain for now. Let’s hope it stays that approach. 


Dillier again on the entrance as soon as once more for Switzerland. They clearly have numerous religion in Hirschi after the season he is had to date. 



Relating to that tweet under, Richard Carapaz and Michal Kwiatkowski each have the skillset to win in the present day’s race. I would put my cash on Kwiatkowski over Carapaz in the event that they got here to the road collectively. I doubt we might see a repeat of them crossing the road arm in arm if that did occur. 


Carapaz has simply two teammates with him in the present day, so he is understandibly taking part in it protected within the peloton for the time being. There is no level in pushing too far ahead at this stage of the race. 


Scenario – 176.1km to go

The tempo within the bunch has picked up and the hole to the escapees is being trimmed down fairly shortly. Denmark and Slovenia are driving onerous and the benefit of the beakaway is 5:05


Having accomplished the 2 fundamental climbs, the leaders are heading again into the circuit to complete one other lap. The climbs should not very lengthy however they’re steep and the 9 laps imply there’s really 5,000m of ascent within the race. 


Six laps remaining now because the leaders cross the end line as soon as once more. The GPS is reporting that the hole is now 4:30 however we’ll look ahead to the bunch to come back by means of to see if that is proper. Timing has been a bit sporadic in the present day. 


Tzortzakis of Greece leads the bunch over the road and the hole is confirmed at 5:08. The tempo is definitely ticking up however the leaders have a bit of more room than the GPS signifies at instances. 


The peloton in the men's road race passes through the Imola race circuit

The peloton within the males’s street race passes by means of the Imola race circuit (Picture credit score: Getty Pictures)

The tempo seems to have knocked off a bit of bit within the peloton after that surge. Just a few extra nations got here ahead simply to calm issues down. There’s nonetheless 164km to go so no have to catch this main group too early. 


I can see some Spanish colors close to the entrance for the primary time in the present day. Spain has Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas and Mikel Landa within the race in the present day. Valverde would ordinarily be the most secure guess from that bunch however he was a bit of under his ordinary degree on the Tour de France. Maybe age is lastly catching up with him. 


A mechanical for Tusveld on the Mazzolano climb. 


France additionally displaying their faces close to the entrance for the primary time. They’ve Alaphilippe as their chief however Guillaume Martin has been in good kind to date this season with eleventh total on the Tour de France. 


Some motion on the entrance of the bunch and one of many Danish riders has gone off the entrance. I believe it may be Honore. 


Scenario – 156.9km

The leaders nonetheless maintain a niche of 6:08 after the tempo slows within the peloton.


Affirmation that the Danish rider off the entrance is Mikkel Honoré. In the meantime, Denmark additionally has a rider on the entrance of the peloton. 


The pressure is starting to indicate on the faces of a few of the escapees. I ponder how for much longer a few of them will have the ability to final. I think about a number of of them will likely be blown out the again door when the hammer goes down. 


Poland has been step by step shifting en-masse in the direction of the entrance of  the peloton. I can not see Kwiatkowski for the time being however I am certain he is safely tucked in there.


The pressure is being felt within the peloton and Juraj Bellan has been dropped on the Cima Gallisterna. The peloton continues to be fairly massive for the time being, although.


Honore is now not within the hole because the tempo picks again up within the peloton due to Denmark. They and Switzerland appear very eager to make this a quick race. 


Some splits occurring within the main group as return to the F1 circuit. Three riders are distanced beneath a excessive tempo, however they handle to tug again the hole.


The race is quick approaching the midway mark now with 143km to go. The breakaway nonetheless has a considerable hole as they cross by means of the feed zone and decide up some refreshments. 


Julian Alaphilippe is without doubt one of the contenders for victory in the present day. The Frenchman sees himself as one of many outsiders however he’s nonetheless formidable. 

“We’re outsiders however that doesn’t imply we don’t have ambition. The Slovenians and plenty of others are able to making the race onerous and profitable, however I believe it will likely be a very totally different race to the Tour. The Worlds is at all times raced in another way. There are actually numerous riders who can win so it’s onerous to single out a favorite.”

Learn the total interview with Julian Alaphilippe right here.


Scenario – 138.6km to go

The hole has gone out once more and is the longest it has been all day at 7:05. 5 laps stay for the riders. 


Marco Friedrich has misplaced contact with the main group now and it seems to be everlasting. That is his day finished. 


Listening to that Ryan Mullen has pulled out of the race, leaving Eire with simply two riders. It was at all times going to be a tricky day for Mullen, who just isn’t finest suited to the actually hilly routes. 


Mullen is the primary abandon of the race however there will likely be much more earlier than we attain the tip of the race. A lot of riders being shelled from the peloton because the ache and fatigue begins to set into the legs and the tempo picks up once more. 


Castillo is briefly distanced from the breakaway however he makes it again. He’s the one Mexican rider within the race. 


The breakaway tackle a hairpin bend earlier in the race

The breakaway deal with a hairpin bend earlier within the race (Picture credit score: Getty Pictures)

Grosu is the following rider from the breakaway to be distanced. He goes pop on the Cima Gallisterna. 


Some extra riders within the peloton are struggling to be in contact and we’re lastly seeing a whittling down of the bunch. 


After shedding two riders, here’s a reminder of who’s left within the breakaway. Koch (Germany), Traeen (Norway), Fomynkh (Kazakhstan), Arashiro (Japan) and Castillo (Mexico). Castillo seems to be like he may be the following one to go as he dangles off the again. 


Scenario – 123.7km to go

The hole is falling once more, little by little. Having peaked at a bit over seven minutes, the escapees now have 5:38 on the peloton. 


Mads Pedersen just isn’t defending his rainbow jersey right here in Imola, with Jakob Fuglsang main the Danish hopes on this 12 months’s race. Earlier than Pedersen waves goodbye to the jersey, he wrote about his 12 months within the rainbow stripes for Cyclingnews. Learn his weblog right here.



After being dropped by the breakaway fairly some time in the past, Friedrich has been caught by the peloton. Grosu continues to be in no man’s land for the time being. 


Nicolas Roche getting close to the entrance of the peloton. He is not among the many favourites for in the present day however he may give it a pink scorching go within the closing. It is the world championships the place something can occur, so why not give it a punt and see what occurs. 



A second abandon from the race, Markus Wildauer of Austria. 


Unsurprisingly, Castillo is the following of the breakaway to be dropped. Arashiro and Fominykh have additionally been gapped, leaving Koch and Traeen the main pair on the street. 


A mechanical drawback for Paddy Bevin. In the meantime, a string of riders have been dropped from the peloton. 


The peloton is visably a lot smaller now as we get close to the 100km to go mark. There’s nonetheless someplace between 50-60 riders in there, although. 


Grosu has now deserted after his efforts within the breakaway. 


Scenario – 101.8km to go

Koch and Traeen are nonetheless alone out entrance. Their benefit has fallen to 4:46. 


Arashiro has dropped Fominykh and he is off in chase of the main two. No official hole however he would not appear to be he is too distant. 


The GPS time hole between the 2 leaders and Arashiro is 25 seconds. The peloton is 4:29 behind them. 


Arashiro is basically giving it some on the climb. He is not prepared to surrender on the breakaway. He stands an actual probability of getting again in contact on the descent. In the meantime, Castillo has been caught by the peloton. 


Again within the bunch, Michael Schar has picked issues up for Switzerland. Slovenia additionally sustaining a place close to the entrance of the pack.



Arashiro continues to be doing his finest to make it again to the entrance group however he is efforts do not look like paying dividends for the time being. With the tempo actually going up within the peloton, he could discover himself caught as a substitute. 


89.9km to go

Switzerland has actually put the hammer down on the entrance of the peloton and there are some gaps starting to look behind them. 


The leaders have simply three minutes on the chasing peloton. Arashiro is about 20 seconds behind. 


The peloton passes the road to start the seventh lap and they’re now simply  2:36 behind the leaders. 


82km to go

Arashiro’s chase has withered in the previous few kilometres and he’s now nearly a minute behind the leaders. 


Information from Spain is that Marc Soler has deserted. That will likely be a little bit of a blow for the Spanish.


The leaders are again onto the Mazzolano and their lead has fallen to lower than two minutes. How for much longer can they keep on the market? How for much longer earlier than the peloton begins making actual strikes?


77.8km to go

There are a number of groups up on the entrance of the peloton. Switzerland and Denmark are amongst them, as they’ve been for the entire day. Luke Rowe is up there for Nice Britain for the primary time. He has been sitting a few rows again for many of the day. 


Kuznetsov (Russia) has had a little bit of a dig off the entrance. There is no such thing as a actual response within the peloton and his benefit is comparatively slim for the time being. 


74km to go

Kuznetsov has caught Arashiro however the two are about to be reeled again in by the peloton. 


Louis Meintjes struggling a bit of on the quick descent to maintain up with the peloton. He is certainly one of two South Africans within the race, the opposite is Nicholas Dlamini.


France have now put a few riders onto the entrance of the peloton. We’re attending to the sharp finish of this race and it might’t be for much longer earlier than we see some correct assaults coming. 


70km to go

Onto the Cima Gallisterna and France is basically pushingg issues on. Pogacar and Roglic are very close to the entrance, as is Tim Wellens. 


Hirschi is sitting on the wheel of Pogacar on this climb, about 4 riders again. 


In the meantime, the 2 leaders have simply over 30 seconds of their benefit remaining due to that dig by the French. Their lead will not final for much longer. 


Correction about Soler. He nonetheless seems to be within the race, regardless of the dwell timing system stating that he had deserted. 


France has actually strung the bunch out. They’re making it very troublesome and have all however caught the final two escapees. 


68km to go

Koch and Traeen are caught and the French put in one other massive dig. We’re onto the descent of the Cima Gallisterna now. 


This effort by the French has shelled a number of riders however the pre-race favourites look fairly snug for the time being. 


Apparently, Nice Britain has Tom Pidcock on this entrance group with Luke Rowe. He’s doing very effectively in his first senior worlds.


France continues to be pushing actually onerous. Will the hassle repay or will it’s wasted? It has thinned out the bunch however all the massive favourites are nonetheless there. 


Belgium seems to be extraordinarily snug behind the French staff. They’ve some severe numbers and Van Aert continues to be in there. 


The peloton nonetheless has about 40-50 riders in it, regardless of the most effective efforts of the French. 


France continues to be going nice weapons. They’ve three riders on the entrance for the time being. Belgium nonetheless sitting joyful behind them. I am certain they’re delighted that the French are doing the entire work for the time being. 


59.9km to go

It appears that evidently Belgium has a full complement of riders in that peloton. 



Pogacar has dropped again to the staff automotive and he appears a bit of agitated. It seems to be like he is about to have a motorcycle change. 


Fast pondering by Pogcar to place his bidon in his jersey earlier than he jumps off his bike and collects a brand new one. He made certain his staff acquired near the again of the peloton earlier than they made the swap, to lose as little time as doable.


That was very calm and picked up by Pogacar and he is nearly again onto the peloton. 


France is now not on the entrance of the bunch and Naesen now picks up the tempo setting for Belgium.


54km to go

Pacher seems to be like he could also be about to lose contact. He did a lot effort for the French earlier. 


52km to go

Luke Rowe now strikes to the entrance with Pidcock in his wheel. Kwiatkowski is correct behind him and maybe on the brink of make or mark a transfer. 


Van Baarle is simply behind Kwiatkowski and I can see Matthews close to the entrance. It seems to be like its about to kick off anytime quickly. 


Stuyven is dropped by the bunch and Naesen was shelled a short time earlier. 


Now it is Benoot setting the tempo. He is acquired Van Avermaet in his wheel with Wellens and Van Aert behind. Italy now shifting up in the direction of the entrance. They have been pretty quiet to date in the present day. 


Rowe has now dropped down by means of the peloton however I can see Pidcock nonetheless tucked in close to the entrance with Belgium. 


I would say there are about 35 riders left on this main group. 


And, Rowe has acquired himself again to the entrance of the group. It appeared like he’d completed his effort however he clearly hasn’t.


It seems to be prefer it’s getting a bit darker overhead. There was rain predicted sooner or later in the course of the race however it hasn’t materialised but. 


46km to go

Nonetheless no actual motion simply but. It isn’t removed from the place Anna van der Breggen made her transfer yesterday. Will somebody strive from far out in the present day?


Slightly below two kilometres till the penultimate ascent of the Cima Gallisterna.


42.6km to go

The riders are onto the climb. Will anybody make an assault right here?


Slovania is shifting as much as the entrance with Pogacar. Is he able to make a transfer? He undoubtedly would not wish to come to the road with somebody like Van Aert. 


Pogacar placing an enormous dig in and he is acquired a small hole on the bunch. 


The hole is about 4 bike lengths.


The hole is rising out however not at an ideal price. Belgium is doing the chasing for the time being. 


Benoot is main the chase for Belgium and he has Van Aert in his wheel. They do not appear to be they’re too anxious for the time being. 


Belgium is dragging Pogacar again, ever so slowly. 


Wanting by means of the group, there are a number of massive names left Fuglsang, Matthews, Porte, Landa, Van Aert and extra. 


On the descent, Pogacar is definitely pulling out the hole now. Not a lot panic but within the bunch, are they making a mistake?


39km to go

There’s nonetheless a protracted approach to go for Pogacar however he is giving it beans. He is acquired about 15 seconds for the time being. 


A course like this favours a solo rider or a small group over a peloton because the roads are so slim and windy. 


Belgium nonetheless main the chase behind. They have superior numbers within the peloton so the opposite groups are joyful to allow them to do this. The hole to Pogacar is starting to come back again to the peloton now. It is about 10 seconds however Pogacar just isn’t giving up. Bear in mind his time trial on the Tour de France? 


Pogacar additionally has the consolation of realizing that Roglic is again within the peloton and will simply as effectively take the victory. Slovenia has by no means had such probability at profitable the lads’s street race title. 


32.1km to go

Pogacar is giving nothing away on these quick roads. His lead goes again as much as 14 seconds. 


No signn of anybody attempting to bridge over to Pogacar. Again on the race observe and the peloton can see him simply up the street. The hole is nineteen seconds however there is not any stress for the time being. 


28.3km to go

The bell tolls for Pogacar as he begins the ultimate lap. His hole continues to be fairly small. May he probably maintain all of it the way in which to the end? 


Again within the peloton Italy has 5 riders, together with Ulissi, Nibali and Bettiol. In the meantime, Carapaz, Hirschi, Costa, Valverde, Landa, Fuglsang, Dumoulin, Woods, Alaphilippe, Lopez, Uran, Kwiatkowski and Schachmann are all in there. 


Approaching the Mazzolano and the riders are jostling for place once more. No person desires to be misplaced if issues mild up on the ascent. 


24.8km to go

Pogacar’s hole is now 22 seconds as Spain transfer to the entrance to assist Belgium make the chase. 


France coming again as much as the entrance, too. They have been pretty quiet since that cost a number of laps in the past. 


Wellens pulls out a small hole on the descent. It seems to be prefer it’s unintentional as he glances over his shoulder and sits up. 


21.8km to go

Pogacar is in sight and Dumoulin assaults.


Dumoulin has been proper close to the again of  the peloton all day, saving his power. He shortly catches Pogacar and strikes to the entrance. The peloton just isn’t far behind them. 


Martin pushing the tempo on the bunch andit seems to be like he is acquired Uran in his wheel. They catch Dumomulin and Pogacar on the Mazzolano.


A lot of assaults coming now. Caruso assaults for Italy and Van Aert is shortly in his wheel. Carapaz is effectively up there for the time being. 


20.7km to go

Pogacar has dropped to the again of the bunch. Is he finished or simply saving his power?


Niabli assaults on the descent. 


Landa, Uran and Van Aert are with him. 


France is main the chase behind this Nibali group. The hole is basically small and Uran now has a dig. 


This group of 4 has about two seconds on the bunch behind. It is nonetheless anybody’s recreation at this stage. 


The Cima Gallisterna is the rather more difficult of the 2 climbs and we will anticipate some fireworks when the peloton reaches it for the ultimate time. 


16.7km to go

Valverde has a bit of go off the entrance however his transfer is short-lived. 


An connect from one of many Italian riders and he is taken about 5 different riders with him, together with Alaphilippe, Pogacar and Van Avermart.


Extra riders now attempting to bridge throughout, although and this group is rising. 


No sooner has all of it come again collectively than Guillaume Martin assaults for France. 


Nonetheless about 30 riders on this peloton as they strategy the Cima Gallisterna. Martin has been reeled in. 


13.2km to go

Benoot hammering it on the entrance for Belgium with Van Avermaet in his wheel. Van Aert in the course of the pack. 


Van Avermaet now onto the entrance because the riders hit the foot of the Cima Gallisterna.


Van Aert up close to the entrance with Hirschi, Schachmann, Nibali and Roglic.


Alaphilippe tucked in fourth place on the street. Kiwatkowski and Fuglsang are additionally in there. The race has blown aside and Porte has been dropped. 


Hirschi placing in an actual onerous dig. An eight-man group leads with a small hole over a bunch that’s led by the Dutch. 


Kwiatkowski assaults


This entrance group is Kwiakowski, Alaphilippe, Van Aert, Hirschi, Roglic and Fuglsang. 


17km to go

Alaphilippe assaults


Fuglsang is chasing with Kiwakowski a bit of bit additional behind. 


Van Aert has bridged again up as they go excessive of the ultimate climb. 


It is Alaphilippe up entrance, with Fuglsang, Kwiatkowski and Van Aert chasing behind. 


Hirschi and Roglic have joined the Fuglsang group, which is 9 seconds behind Alaphilippe. 


9.8km to go

The chase group appears to be working collectively for the second. Hirschi has to dig in to keep up contact with the group. 


Alaphilippe now has 15 seconds over the chasing 5. 


Van Aert might be the favorite if they carry Alaphilippe again however Kwiatkowski may give him a run for his cash. 


8.3km to go

Alaphilippe has 12 seconds for the time being however the hole retains going up and down. 


Van Aert on the entrance of the chasing group. Roglic briefly distanced as they undergo a nook. 14 seconds for Alaphilippe. 


6.9km to go

The chasers can nearly see Alaphilippe up the street however he is holding his hole for the second. 


Alaphilippe driving on the highest tube, attempting to get each little bit of aero he can. 


The chasing group continues to be working collectively however they’re not likely making any beneficial properties over Alaphilippe. 


Alaphilippe shouts on the motorcycle, he wans a time verify. He is acquired simply 12 seconds for the time being. It’ll be contact and go. 


4.3km to go

It is right down to 10 seconds and so they’re nearly on the racing circuit. 


Alaphilippe retains trying over his shoulder. He desires to know the place the chasers are. He has 15 seconds over the chasers now. 


3.3km to go

Alaphilippe placing his all in. He can nearly style the rainbow. 


Van Aert doing the lion’s share of the work within the chasing group. He is acquired 14 seconds for the time being. 


Fuglsang now takes up the chase. Hirschi and Roglic are struggling to be in contact. That is so shut. 


1.7km to go

Van Aert again to the entrance of the chase. There is a sense of desperation in his driving. He can see Alaphilippe up the street. 


Alaphilippe utilizing the entire circuit to his benefit, he would not wish to hand over something to the chasers. 


Underneath the flamme rouge


Alaphilippe has 16 seconds now


Alaphilippe can see the road now. He is gained it!


Alaphilipe is in tears as he crosses the road. He is finished it.


Van Aert simply takes the silver medal and it is a picture end for third. 


Alaphilippe has damaged down in floods of tears. This has been a massively troublesome 12 months for him after his father died in the summertime. 


He took a punt and it paid off. He by no means had a lot of a bonus however it was simply sufficient for him to take the rainbow jersey. 


We’ve got affirmation that Hirschi took bronze forward of Kwiatkowski. 


What a finale that was, it was coronary heart in mouth stuff. 


A replay exhibits that there was hardly a paper’s width between Hirschi and Kwiatkowski in that end. 


Some 12 months that Marc Hirschi has had to date, simply his second as an expert. Van Aert has additionally had an excellent season and can probably be a bit of dissatisfied that he could not come away with the victory. He so simply gained that dash for second place. 


Pos. Rider Title (Nation) Workforce End result
1 Julian Alaphilppe (France) 6:38:34
2 Wout Van Aert (Belgium) 0:00:24
3 Marc Hirschi (Switzerland)
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)
5 Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark)
6 Primoz Roglic (Slovenia)
7 Michael Matthews (Australia) 0:00:53
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
9 Max Schachmann (Germany)
10 Damiano Caruso (Italy)

Given the topsy turvey season that’s 2020, Alaphilippe could have loads of possibilities to take a win within the rainbow stripes earlier than the 12 months is out. 


Alaphilippe was understandibly extraordinarily emotional on the end. These have been his preliminary ideas after taking the rainbow jersey. 

“At this second it’s actually onerous to say one thing. I wish to say thanks to all my teammates who actually imagine in me in the present day. Everyone did an ideal job. It was a dream of my profession. Generally, I used to be so shut, and I used to be by no means on the rostrum. I got here right here with numerous ambition and it’s only a dream day for me.”


Julian Alaphilippe wins the men's road race at the 2020 UCI World Road Championships

Julian Alaphilippe wins the lads’s street race on the 2020 UCI World Highway Championships (Picture credit score: Getty Pictures)

Tom Pidcock completed outdoors the highest 40 ultimately however he was within the group of favourites for fairly a while and put in a reasonably strong efficiency given it was his first World Championships. That is what he needed to say after the end. 

“It was one hell of an expertise. We didn’t get a outcome however with such a younger staff we have been right here to study. Luke did such job conserving me on the entrance as if I used to be there to win and that’s useful for the longer term.

“We weren’t favourites. Possibly, who is aware of what I might have been like after 260k however I didn’t have the legs. It wasn’t as if it was onerous however my legs have been simply empty. It was start line and I used to be there with the highest 30 guys with final lap so there’s numerous positives.”



Julian Alaphilippe takes the 2020 men's road race world title

Julian Alaphilippe takes the 2020 males’s street race world title (Picture credit score: Getty Pictures)

The rain has now began to fall in Imola. It has been threatening to for fairly a while however, fortunately, it did not come in the course of the race. I dread to suppose what the descents would have been like within the rain. 


(Picture credit score: Getty Pictures)

For a recap of in the present day’s motion, footage and full outcomes, do not forget to go over to our race report.




Because the World Championships typically are, that was a really sluggish burn of a race. There have been a number of early moments. It started to mild up on the penultimate lap when Tadej Pogacar went off the entrance however it did not correctly kick off till that closing lap. Alaphilippe knew he could not take Van Aert to the road, so attacking was his solely transfer. He undoubtedly benefitted a bit from different riders additionally not desirous to take Van Aert with them however he laid all of it on the road in that closing lap. 


In case you did not get the possibility to see the ladies’s street race yesterday, then we even have a ful recap, photos and outcomes right here.

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