Road World Championships 2014

Where: Ponferrada, Spain
When: September 21-28, 2014

The 2014 UCI road world championships return to Spain as the road season draws to a close. The circuit for the men’s and women’s elite races are based on an 18.2km lap with two climbs making for 306m of ascent each lap. No one seems certain on exactly what type of rider the course suits, although both Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador have both ruled themselves out of the running. Nibali will ride in a support role with the Italian team while Contador has said he will not be competing.

Classics riders are likely to be among the favourites as the two climbs never get any steeper than 11 per cent. The likes of Philippe Gilbert, Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara have all been quietly building their form at the Vuelta and will no doubt be in contention. it’s hard to see past Marianne Vos for the women’s race – she has finished no worse than second for the preivous eight years – although Britain’s World Cup winner Lizzie Armitstead will be a contender along with Emma Johansson (Swe) and Giorgia Bronzini (Ita).

Bradley Wiggins took the men’s time trial title on Wednesday, adding another accodale to his bulging list of achievements. Lisa Brennauer (Germany) took the women’s time trial title.

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