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2020 UCI Road World Championships, Imola - Sept 24th - 27th *Spoilers*

Men and women’s elite individual time trial

The 31.7km time trial will be taken on by both the men and the women, much like at the European Championships earlier in the year.
Both the men and the women covering one lap of the course.



A relatively flat course with just 200m altitude gain, but with some small rises potentially opening it up for a mix of riders who can go for the win.



Previous winners

2019 DYGERT-OWEN Chloe
2018 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
2017 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
2016 NEBEN Amber
2015 VILLUMSEN Linda
2014 BRENNAUER Lisa
2013 VAN DIJK Ellen
2012 ARNDT Judith
2011 ARNDT Judith
2010 POOLEY Emma

Previous winners

2019 DENNIS Rohan
2018 DENNIS Rohan
2017 DUMOULIN Tom
2016 MARTIN Tony
2015 KIRYIENKA Vasil
2014 WIGGINS Bradley
2013 MARTIN Tony
2012 MARTIN Tony
2011 MARTIN Tony
2010 CANCELLARA Fabian

UCI World Road Championships 2020, Imola – Routes

Women’s elite road race



The women’s elite road race will be taking in the same circuit as the men with the vicious Mazzolano and Cima Gallisterna climbs but over five laps, with 2,650m of climbing, starting and finishing in Imola.
The race is just 143km which could possibly make it very explosive race from early on, whereas we may see the action build more slowly in the longer men’s race.
All the events in this year’s Worlds will start and finish on the iconic Imola racing circuit, but the races will travel around the Emilia-Romagna region and will still feature plenty of climbing.



Previous winners

2019 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
2018 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
2017 VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal
2016 DIDERIKSEN Amalie
2015 DEIGNAN Elizabeth
2014 FERRAND-PRÉVOT Pauline
2013 VOS Marianne
2012 VOS Marianne
2011 BRONZINI Giorgia
2010 BRONZINI Giorgia

Men’s elite road race

The road race will run at 258.2km with almost 5,000 metres of climbing with nine laps of the 28.8km circuit. The route will feature two notable climbs, 3km in total with average gradients of 10 per cent, with maximum ramps of 14 per cent.
Start and finish are at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, but the major part of the race takes place on narrow roads to the south of Imola.



The race has a similar look to the course seen in Yorkshire last year only with the climbs being a bit longer and steeper.
The route isn’t taking in climbs as big as the ones we were going to see in the Swiss course which opens it up to a few more riders with a punchier style compared to the pure climbers that have a good kick.



Shortly after leaving the Autodromo the road rises false flat on the Via Bergullo. After a short descent a much more brutal ascent kicks in on the Via Mazzolano.
The first climb on the circuit, the Mazzolano is 2.8km long with an average gradient of just 5.9 per cent, but the first kilometre is a vicious 9.6 per cent average gradient maxing out at 13 per cent.
Making it a perfect launch pad for an attack, the riders can whittle things down and then maybe attack as the gradient relaxes before the top.



The riders fly downhill to Riolo Terme to turn right in the village. A few kilometres later another right hander takes them onto the Cima Calisperna.
The second climb is actually steeper again. The Cima Gallisterna is 2.7km with an average gradient of 6.4 per cent, but the middle 1.3km has an average gradient of 10.9 per cent with the maximum slopes hitting a hellish 14 per cent.
There are 11.5 kilometres between the top of the Cima Calisperna and the finish line on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. This part of the route goes mainly downhill.
This is a shallow descent and then a slightly flat road to the finish, so it is will be where the race is decided.



Who'll wear the rainbow stripes into the 2021 season? Mads Pedersen is not defending his title, so the jersey is vacant.

Previous winners

2019 PEDERSEN Mads
2018 VALVERDE Alejandro
2017 SAGAN Peter
2016 SAGAN Peter
2015 SAGAN Peter
2014 KWIATKOWSKI Michał
2013 COSTA Rui
2012 GILBERT Philippe
2011 CAVENDISH Mark
2010 HUSHOVD Thor

Imola

Population 69,953

Imola is a city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bologna, located on the river Santerno, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The city is traditionally considered the western entrance to the historical region Romagna.
The city is most noted as the home of the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari which formerly hosted the Formula One San Marino Grand Prix (the race was named after the nearby independent republic of San Marino.



The name Imola was first used in the 7th century by the Lombards, who applied it to the fortress (the present Castellaccio, the construction of which is attributed to the Lombard Clefi), whence the name passed to the city itself.

Main sights

Rocca Sforzesca (Sforza Castle), built under the reign of Girolamo Riario and Caterina Sforza.



Duomo (cathedral), dedicated to San Cassiano. Erected from 1187 to 1271, it was repeatedly restored in the following centuries, until a large renovation was held in 1765–1781. The façade dates to 1850.



Cuisine and gastronomy




























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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,001 Lives Here
    2nd best region in Italy for food.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,001 Lives Here
    31km for a World's TT?

    GTFU
  • Matti66Matti66 Posts: 112
    Why is it so short?
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,643
    Matti66 said:

    Why is it so short?

    It's those cheating Italians again. They proposed 16 laps of a 250mtr circuit, but that was rejected by the UCI.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • Matti66Matti66 Posts: 112
    Oh ! I like the longer 50km plus courses . Gets the real engines out.
  • Not on ITV4 I assume?
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,643

    Not on ITV4 I assume?

    It should be on BBC. Maybe iPlayer
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,394
    Eurosport?
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,674
    Time trials and road races are all on Eurosport player. There even a cyclocross race on Saturday as well, just in case you need a bit more racing.
  • gethincerigethinceri Posts: 1,073
    All live on "normal" Eurosport, except Men's Road.
    All live on Eurosport Player
    All live on GCN RaceApp
  • 50x1150x11 Posts: 270
    In his preview Dennis recons there is 3 or 4 times you'll need to brake and that it'll be well over a 52kmph average to win.

    Says he wants a head wind on the way out on the rolling section of the course to make it harder for the big guys.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,353
    This has got the be that new Gabba dude innit? It's basically an Individual Pursuit with a slight extension...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,842
    ddraver said:

    This has got the be that new Gabba dude innit? It's basically an Individual Pursuit with a slight extension...


    Ganna. Nicknamed by his team as The Gannadier
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,353
    Yeah, the one named after the Jersey. I assume he's water-resistant but very breathable...

    ;)
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • r0bhr0bh Posts: 1,425
    gsk82 said:

    It should be on BBC. Maybe iPlayer

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live-guide

    On the BBC sport website and iPlayer - womens TT from 13:30, mens TT Friday from 13:15

    Road races will be on too, times not online yet
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,001 Lives Here
    What is the point of a 31km TT World's.

    Just do it twice, FFS.
  • fliteflite Posts: 97
    Can someone please remind me how they seed the start times for the TT?
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 15,618
    edited 23 September
    r0bh said:

    gsk82 said:

    It should be on BBC. Maybe iPlayer

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live-guide

    On the BBC sport website and iPlayer - womens TT from 13:30, mens TT Friday from 13:15

    Road races will be on too, times not online yet
    Also on the BBC red button.

    Women's ITT:- 1-30pm - 4pm.
    Men's ITT:- 1-15pm - 4pm
    Women's RR:- 11-25am - 4-20pm
    Men's RR:- 8-35am - 4-30pm

    BBC 2
    Men's RR Midday - 4-20pm

    Eurosport (tv)*

    Women's ITT:- 1-35pm - 3-45pm
    Men's ITT:- 1-20pm - 3-45pm
    Women's RR:- 11-30am - 3-45pm
    Men's RR:- NA

    *All subject to being heavily hit by tennis overrunning.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 6,672
    BBC = no CK 👍
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,842
    flite said:

    Can someone please remind me how they seed the start times for the TT?


    I don't think there's any set method
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,269

    2nd best region in Italy for food.

    You can't leave us hanging like this. What's the best region?
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,941
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,265

    2nd best region in Italy for food.

    Huge improvement from the 3 weeks in France.
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • 2nd best region in Italy for food.

    Huge improvement from the 3 weeks in France.
    If you are a fan of gluten and pork, I would say Emilia is the best region in Italy for food.
    Aside from home made egg pasta of various shapes and forms, you have e huge selection of cured pork products, from prosciutto to coppa, culatello, mortadella, various types of salame...

    Good wine too, if not as celebrated as those of Veneto, Piemonte and Toscana. Can't beat a good Lambrusco or a Sangiovese.

    It is also true that in Emilia they boast the highest rate of colon cancer in the country...
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,001 Lives Here

    2nd best region in Italy for food.

    Huge improvement from the 3 weeks in France.
    If you are a fan of gluten and pork, I would say Emilia is the best region in Italy for food.
    Aside from home made egg pasta of various shapes and forms, you have e huge selection of cured pork products, from prosciutto to coppa, culatello, mortadella, various types of salame...

    Good wine too, if not as celebrated as those of Veneto, Piemonte and Toscana. Can't beat a good Lambrusco or a Sangiovese.

    It is also true that in Emilia they boast the highest rate of colon cancer in the country...
    Lots of meat, presumably.

    It's probably not the best place to be vegan.
  • david37david37 Posts: 303
    edited 24 September
    There is NO good place to be vegan.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,936
    david37 said:

    There is NO good place to be vegan.

    Actually India's not a bad place to be vegan...
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,001 Lives Here
    There is a colon doctor or whatever they're called who did say to me he's never treated a vegetarian patient with colon cancer.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,001 Lives Here
    Reports of headwind out, tailwind back.
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