Mark Cavendish previewed the 2011 World Championships course in Copenhagen today to determine his chances of winning the race in 11 months’ time.
“The route is much easier than in Geelong, but actually harder than I thought. It’s technically very difficult. But I think it’ll be a final with a large group sprint,” the British sprint star told Denmark’s CyclingWorld website.
The World Championships in Geelong on October 3 featured two climbs that allowed for attacks from Vincenzo Nibali and Cadel Evans. Cavendish remained in the race until three laps to go, when he abandoned with team-mates David Millar and Jeremy Hunt.
Copenhagen’s course is supposed to be more sprinter friendly. The race will start in the nation’s capital, but then travel north to Rudersdal to complete a 14-kilometre circuit 18 times. The circuit ends with a small climb up Geels Hill on Kongevejen street.
“With the finish on a hill,” added Cavendish, “it becomes a pure power sprint.”
Sprinters will welcome the reduced about of climbing. Geelong’s course had around 220 meters of climbing each lap, or 2420 total metres, but Copenhagen’s has 105 metres, or 1890 metres total. Cavendish studied the climbs well, riding two laps of the circuit today.
“It will be one of the most important races for me in 2011, and I will make a great effort to become World Champion.”
Part of the effort will be to make sure Great Britain is able to field the maximum quota of nine riders. This year the team was only allowed three riders due to its place in the national rankings.
“It is vitally important that we get more numbers,” said Britain’s performance director, David Brailsford after the Geelong race. Next year’s “course definitely suits Mark, is more of a sprinter’s course.”
The women and Under 23 men will race the same course, but, unlike the elite men, they will start in Rudersdal.