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World Championships 2018: Routes, TV guide and all you need to know

Joe Robinson
21 Sep 2018

The fight for rainbow begins on Sunday 23rd September with the men's and women's team time trials

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The 2018 UCI World Championships are to be held in Innsbruck, Austria, with festivities beginning on Saturday 22nd September. The racing starts the next day before culminating a week later with the Elite men's road race on Sunday 30th September.

Across this week of racing, the championships will crown a new set of rainbow jersey wearers for the next 12 months in 12 different events.

The honour of World Champion will be up for grabs in the Junior, Under 23s and Elite men's categories as well as the Junior and Elite women.

The championships will be largely based around the Austrian city of Innsbruck, nestled within the Alps. This means we are due to have one of the most challenging World Championships in terms of climbing in well over a decade.

Chances are this will be one of the rare opportunities for the best climbers in both the men's and women's peloton to take the opportunity of a rainbow jersey.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Annmeik van Vlueten (Mitchelton-Scott) are just a selection of riders that have made their ambitions clear.

The curtain raiser for the event will be the elite men's and women's team time trials on the Sunday 23rd September. This will be the last time that a trade team is crowned champions of the world as the UCI has scrapped the event after this year.

UCI World Championships 2018: Key information

Dates: Sunday 23rd September to Sunday 30th September
Hot City: Innsbruck
Host Country: Austria
Events: 12
UK television coverage: BBC and Eurosport

UCI World Championships 2018: Race schedule

Elite Women’s Team Time Trial: Sunday 23rd September - Ötztal to Innsbruck, 53.8km
Elite Men’s Team Time Trial: Sunday 23rd September - Ötztal to Innsbruck, 62.1km
Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial: Monday 24th September - Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 20.2km
Men’s Under 23 Individual Time Trial: Monday 24th September - Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km
Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial: Tuesday 25th September - Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km
Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial: Tuesday 25th September - Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck, 28.5km
Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial: Wednesday 26th September - Alpbachtal Seenland – Innsbruck, 54.2km
Women’s Junior Road Race: Thursday 27th September - Alpbachtal Seenland – Innsbruck, 72.4km
Men’s Junior Road Race: Thursday 27th September - Kufstein – Innsbruck, 138.4km
Men’s Under 23 Road Race: Friday 28th September - Kufstein – Innsbruck, 186.2km
Women’s Elite Road Race: Saturday 29th September - Kufstein – Innsbruck, 162.3km
Men’s Elite Road Race: Sunday September 30 - Kufstein – Innsbruck, 265km

UCI World Championships: Routes

With plenty of climbing, from long Alpine ascents to short, sharp ramps, the Innsbruck Worlds look set to be among the most difficult ever held.

The Elite men's race will be the longest race of the week with a distance of 265km. In this, riders will also be forced to cover 5,000m of elevation gain across nine major climbs, a similar asking to the most challenging Grand Tour stages.

The men's race will begin east of Innsbruck in Kufstein, heading towards the 24km 'Olympic Circuit' which will be tackled seven times.

Within that circuit is the climb of Igls, a 7.9km rise that averages 5.7%. If that's not hard enough, the finale of the race will then take place on a climb locals call 'Hell'.

Shorter at only 3km but with an average gradient of 11.5% and a section close to 30%.

In the interest keeping its blatant disparity, the UCI has decided the Elite women cannot race this final climb of 'Holl', instead focusing the race around three loops of the 'Olympic Circuit' after a 90km run from Kufstein. This adds up to a race of 162.5km in length.

The men's individual time trial will be one for the brave, at 54.2km in length from Rattenburg to Innsbruck. The focal point of the action will be a 4.4km climb after 32km that contains sections of 14%.

The Elite women will race a much shorter course at 28.5km from Hall Wattens to Innsbruck, which will also be shared by the Junior and Under 23 men. The Junior women will ride a course of 20.2km.

In its last edition, the men’s and women’s team time trials could cause carnage at 62.1km and 53.8km in length, respectively. With a hilly parcour, teams may struggle to stay together over such a long route.

UCI World Championships 2018: TV guide

In the UK, two broadcasters will be showing varied live coverage of the championships, BBC and Eurosport. The BBC will be only showing the Elite men's and women's road races and time trials whereas Eurosport is likely to show full live coverage of each event.

Alternatively, the UCI's YouTube page will post daily highlights of each event.

Women's individual time trial: Tuesday 25th September, 13:30-16:15 - BBC Red Button, Connected TV, BBC Sport website and app

Men's individual time trial: Wednesday 26th September, 13:30-16:35 - BBC Red Button, Connected TV, BBC Sport website and app

Women's road race: Saturday 29th September, 11:00-16:10 - Connected TV, BBC Sport website & app (11:00-14:30, BBC Red Button), Coverage also available on BBC One, 14:00-16:00, and BBC Two, 16:00-16:55.

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