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 our 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).

For the men’s time trial it is hard to see past Tony Martin. The German is the odds on favourite to defend his title, with Fabian Cancellara aiming for the road race and Bradley Wiggins not time trialling to Martin’s level this year.

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BMC wins the Elite Men's TTT at the 2014 World Road Championships

BMC take team time trial world title

BMC out-gunned last year’s winners Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Orica-GreenEdge for the team time trial world title today in Ponferrada, Spain. The men in red and black clocked a time…