UCI Road World Championships

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UCI Road World Championships
Union Cycliste Internationale logo.svg
StatusActive
Genre Road bicycle racing
Date(s)August–September
FrequencyAnnually
Location(s)Various
Inaugurated 1921
Previous event 2021
Next event 2022
Organised by UCI
Current event clock.svg 2022 UCI Road World Championships

The UCI Road World Championships are the annual world championships for bicycle road racing organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The UCI Road World Championships consist of events for road race and individual time trial, and as of 2019 a mixed team relay.

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Outfit of Jean-Pierre Monsere as worldchampion (1970), consisting of victory ribbon, cap, medal and rainbow jersey (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing) Wereldkampioenentrui, lint en pet van Jean-Pierre Monsere, Leicester, 1970 (collectie KOERS. Museum van de Wielersport).jpg
Outfit of Jean-Pierre Monseré as worldchampion (1970), consisting of victory ribbon, cap, medal and rainbow jersey (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing)

All the world championship events are ridden by national teams, not trade teams such as in most other major races. The winner of each category is entitled to wear the rainbow jersey in races of that category (either mass start or time trial) until the next championships. It currently includes the following championships:

Former events:

History

The first world championships took place in 1921, though the only event that was contested was the Men's Road Race for Amateurs. [1] The first professional world championship took place in July 1927 at the Nürburgring in Germany where Italian Alfredo Binda won the professional men's race and Belgian Jean Aerts won the men's amateur race. The women's road race was introduced in 1958. A men's team time trial, contested by national teams, was introduced in 1962. Beginning in 1972, the team time trial was discontinued in Olympic years only. Individual time trials in all categories were added in 1994, which was also the last year for the original incarnation of the men's team time trial. In 2012, the men's team time trial was reinstated, and a women's team time trial added to the program; both were contested by trade teams. In 2019, the team time trial events for men and women were replaced by a mixed relay team time trial.

Until 1995, there were separate races for male professional and amateur riders. In 1996, the amateur category was replaced with a category for men under-23 years old with the professional category becoming an open (later elite) category.

Since 1995, the race has been held towards the end of the European season in late September, usually following the Vuelta a España. Before that, the event had always been a summer race, held in late August or the first week of September (with the exception of 1970, when it was a mid-season summer event).

The world championships are located in a different city or region every year. The event can be held over a relatively flat course which favors cycling sprinters or a hilly course which favors a climbing specialist or all-round. In each case the course is usually held on a circuit of which the riders complete multiple laps.

The world championship road race and two of the three Grand Tours (namely the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France) form the Triple Crown of Cycling.

Editions

Note: Not held from 1939 to 1945 because of World War II .

EditionYearHost CityHost CountryEvents
1 1921 Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1
2 1922 Liverpool Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1
3 1923 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1
4 1924 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 1
5 1925 Apeldoorn Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1
6 1926 Milan Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy 1
7 1927 Nürburgring Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
8 1928 Budapest Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary 2
9 1929 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2
10 1930 Liège Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2
11 1931 Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2
12 1932 Rome Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy 2
13 1933 Montlhéry Flag of France.svg  France 2
14 1934 Leipzig Flag of Germany (1933-1935).svg  Germany 2
15 1935 Floreffe Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2
16 1936 Berne Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2
17 1937 Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2
18 1938 Valkenburg Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2
19 1946 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2
20 1947 Reims Flag of France.svg  France 2
21 1948 Valkenburg Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2
22 1949 Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2
23 1950 Moorslede Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2
24 1951 Varese Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2
25 1952 Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 2
26 1953 Lugano Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2
27 1954 Solingen Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 2
28 1955 Frascati Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2
29 1956 Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2
30 1957 Waregem Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2
31 1958 Reims Flag of France.svg  France 3
32 1959 Zandvoort Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3
33 1960 Karl-Marx-Stadt Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 3
34 1961 Berne Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 3
35 1962 Salò di Garda Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4
36 1963 Ronse Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 4
37 1964 Sallanches Flag of France.svg  France 4
38 1965 San Sebastián Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain 4
39 1966 Nürburgring Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 4
40 1967 Heerlen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 4
41 1968 Imola Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4
42 1969 Zolder Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 4
43 1970 Leicester Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 4
44 1971 Mendrisio Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 4
45 1972 Gap Flag of France.svg  France 2
46 1973 Barcelona Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain 4
47 1974 Montreal Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 4
48 1975 Yvoir Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 4
49 1976 Ostuni Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2
50 1977 San Cristóbal Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela 4
EditionYearHost CityHost CountryEvents
51 1978 Nürburgring Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 4
52 1979 Valkenburg Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 4
53 1980 Sallanches Flag of France.svg  France 2
54 1981 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 4
55 1982 Goodwood Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 4
56 1983 Altenrhein Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 4
57 1984 Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1
58 1985 Giavera del Montello Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4
59 1986 Colorado Springs Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4
60 1987 Villach Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 5
61 1988 Ronse Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2
62 1989 Chambéry Flag of France.svg  France 5
63 1990 Utsunomiya Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 5
64 1991 Stuttgart Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 5
65 1992 Benidorm Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2
66 1993 Oslo Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 5
67 1994 Agrigento Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 7
68 1995 Duitama Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 5
69 1996 Lugano Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 6
70 1997 San Sebastián Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10
71 1998 Valkenburg Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 10
72 1999 Verona Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 10
73 2000 Plouay Flag of France.svg  France 10
74 2001 Lisbon Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 10
75 2002 Zolder Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 10
76 2003 Hamilton Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 10
77 2004 Verona Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Italy 10
78 2005 Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 6
79 2006 Salzburg Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6
80 2007 Stuttgart Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 6
81 2008 Varese Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 6
82 2009 Mendrisio Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 6
83 2010 Geelong Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 6
84 2011 Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 10
85 2012 Valkenburg Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 12
86 2013 Florence Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 12
87 2014 Ponferrada Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 12
88 2015 Richmond Flag of the United States.svg  United States 12
89 2016 Doha Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 12
90 2017 Bergen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 12
91 2018 Innsbruck Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 12
92 2019 Harrogate Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11
93 2020 Imola Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4
94 2021 Flanders Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 11
95 2022 Wollongong Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 11
96 2023 Glasgow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11
97 2024 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 11
98 2025 Kigali Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda 11

Hosts

Updated after 2021 UCI Road World Championships.
TimesNations
14Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
10Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium - Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
9Flag of France.svg  France
8Flag of Germany.svg  Germany - Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
7Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
6Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
4Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
3Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada - Flag of Norway.svg  Norway - Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia - Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia - Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia - Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary - Flag of Japan.svg  Japan - Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg - Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal - Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar - Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela

All Medals

Updated after 2021 UCI Road World Championships.

Medal table includes only medals achieved in senior events. Mixed nation team events such as the Team Time Trial from 2012 to 2018 are excluded.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 544743144
2Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 38313099
3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 36332897
4Flag of France.svg  France 34303094
5Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 15232058
6Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 14172051
7Flag of the United States.svg  United States 14141341
8Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 13111236
9Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 12161644
10Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 102416
11Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 9131638
12Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 95721
13Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 7111028
14Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 77418
15Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 611623
16Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 44513
17Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 44412
18Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 33511
19Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 3104
20Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2248
21Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2125
22Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 2013
23Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1348
24Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1225
25Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1214
26Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 1135
27Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 1102
28Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1001
29Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 0336
30Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 0224
31Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0123
32Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0112
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 0112
34Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0101
35Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 0022
36Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 0011
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 0011
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 0011
Totals (38 nations)304304304912

Countries

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