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UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race


UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race
Race details
Date End of season
Discipline Road race
Type One-day
Organiser UCI
First edition 1927 (1927)
Editions 82 (as of 2015)
First winner  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
Most wins
3 times
Most recent  Peter Sagan (SVK)

The UCI Road World Championships, often referred to as the World Cycling Championships, is the annual Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The UCI Road World Championships include championships for elite men's road race and individual time trial. In addition, women's world championship events are held for the same events in the same manner ; under-23 world championship for cyclists under the age of 23 years old; junior world championships for cyclists under the age of 19 years old.

  • The winner of the UCI Road World Championships road race is considered the World Cycling Champion (or World Road Cycling Champion) and earns the right to wear the Rainbow Jersey for a full year in road race or stage events. The event is a single 'mass start' road race, the winner being the first across the line at the completion of the full race distance.
  • The winner of the UCI Road World Championships Time Trial is considered the World Time Trial Champion and earns the right to wear the Rainbow Jersey for a full year in individual time trial (ITT) events or stages (for example, the prologue and ITT stages at the Tour de France or other stage races).

Both the road race and individual time trial events are competed by riders organized by national cycling teams as opposed to commercially sponsored or trade teams, which is the standard in professional cycling.


  • History 1
  • Medalists 2
    • Most successful riders 2.1
    • Medallists by nation 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


The first professional World Cycling Championship took place in 1927 at the Nürburgring in Germany and was won by Alfredo Binda, of Italy. In recent years, the race is held towards the end of the European season, usually following the Vuelta a España. The event can be held over either a relatively flat course which favors cycling sprinters or over a hilly course which favors more of a climbing specialist or all-round type of cyclist.

The elite men's race is usually won by riders on the UCI World Tour or its predecessors. However, in the past there were separate events for amateur riders, mainly from Eastern bloc countries.

For men at the elite professional level, the World Cycling Championship, along with the Tour de France, and the Giro d'Italia, forms the Triple Crown of Cycling.


Only five cyclists have successfully defended their title (three Belgians and two Italians): Rik Van Steenbergen (Belgium, 1956–57); Rik van Looy (Belgium, 1960–61); Gianni Bugno (Italy, 1991–92); Paolo Bettini (Italy, 2006–07). Spaniard Alejandro Valverde has the most total medals by any one individual with six, although he has never won the rainbow jersey (2 silver 2003, 2005 and 4 bronze - 2006, 2012–14).

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
Men road race medallists[1]
1927 Nürburgring
 Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)
1928 Budapest
  )BEL(  Herbert Nebe (GER)  Bruno Wolke (GER)
1929 Zürich
  )BEL(  Nicolas Frantz (LUX)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
1930 Liège
 Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Learco Guerra (ITA)   )BEL(
1931 Copenhagen
 Learco Guerra (ITA)  Ferdinand Le Drogo (FRA)  Albert Büchi (SUI)
1932 Rome
 Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Remo Bertoni (ITA)  Nicolas Frantz (LUX)
1933 Montlhéry
  )FRA(  Antonin Magne (FRA)  Marinus Valentijn (NED)
1934 Leipzig
 Karel Kaers (BEL)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Gustave Danneels (BEL)
1935 Floreffe
 Jean Aerts (BEL)  Luciano Montero (ESP)  Gustave Danneels (BEL)
1936 Bern
 Antonin Magne (FRA)  Aldo Bini (ITA)  Theo Middelkamp (NED)
1937 Copenhagen
 Eloi Meulenberg (BEL)  Emil Kijewski (GER)  Paul Egli (SUI)
1938 Valkenburg
 Marcel Kint (BEL)  Paul Egli (SUI)  Leo Amberg (SUI)
1946 Zürich
 Hans Knecht (SUI)  Marcel Kint (BEL)  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
1947 Reims
 Theo Middelkamp (NED)  Albert Sercu (BEL)  Sjef Janssen (NED)
1948 Valkenburg
 Briek Schotte (BEL)  Apo Lazarides (FRA)  Lucien Teisseire (FRA)
1949 Copenhagen
 Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)  Ferdi Kübler (SUI)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
1950 Moorslede
 Briek Schotte (BEL)  Theo Middelkamp (NED)  Ferdi Kübler (SUI)
1951 Varese
 Ferdi Kübler (SUI)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
1952 Luxembourg
 Heinz Müller (FRG)  Gottfried Weilenmann, Jr. (SUI)  Ludwig Hörmann (FRG)
1953 Lugano
 Fausto Coppi (ITA)  Germain Derycke (BEL)  Stan Ockers (BEL)
1954 Solingen
 Louison Bobet (FRA)  Fritz Schaer (SUI)  Charly Gaul (LUX)
1955 Frascati
 Stan Ockers (BEL)  Jean-Pierre Schmitz (LUX)  Germain Derycke (BEL)
1956 Copenhagen
 Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)  Rik van Looy (BEL)  Gerrit Schulte (NED)
1957 Waregem
 Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)  Louison Bobet (FRA)  André Darrigade (FRA)
1958 Reims
 Ercole Baldini (ITA)  Louison Bobet (FRA)  André Darrigade (FRA)
1959 Zandvoort
 André Darrigade (FRA)  Michele Gismondi (ITA)  Noël Foré (BEL)
1960 Karl-Marx-Stadt
 Rik van Looy (BEL)  André Darrigade (FRA)  Pino Cerami (BEL)
1961 Bern
 Rik van Looy (BEL)  Nino Defilippis (ITA)  Raymond Poulidor (FRA)
1962 Salò di Garda
 Jean Stablinski (FRA)  Seamus Elliott (IRL)  Jos Hoevenaers (BEL)
1963 Ronse
 Benoni Beheyt (BEL)  Rik van Looy (BEL)  Jo de Haan (NED)
1964 Sallanches
 Jan Janssen (NED)  Vittorio Adorni (ITA)  Raymond Poulidor (FRA)
1965 San Sebastián
 Tom Simpson (GBR)  Rudi Altig (FRG)  Roger Swerts (BEL)
1966 Nürburgring
 Rudi Altig (FRG)  Jacques Anquetil (FRA)  Raymond Poulidor (FRA)
1967 Heerlen
 Eddy Merckx (BEL)  Jan Janssen (NED)  Ramón Sáez (ESP)
1968 Imola
 Vittorio Adorni (ITA)  Herman Van Springel (BEL)  Michele Dancelli (ITA)
1969 Zolder
 Harm Ottenbros (NED)  Julien Stevens (BEL)  Michele Dancelli (ITA)
1970 Leicester
 Jean-Pierre Monseré (BEL)  Leif Mortensen (DEN)  Felice Gimondi (ITA)
1971 Mendrisio
 Eddy Merckx (BEL)  Felice Gimondi (ITA)  Cyrille Guimard (FRA)
1972 Gap
 Marino Basso (ITA)  Franco Bitossi (ITA)  Cyrille Guimard (FRA)
1973 Barcelona
 Felice Gimondi (ITA)  Freddy Maertens (BEL)  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
1974 Montreal
 Eddy Merckx (BEL)  Raymond Poulidor (FRA)  Mariano Martínez (FRA)
1975 Yvoir
 Hennie Kuiper (NED)  Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL)  Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA)
1976 Ostuni
 Freddy Maertens (BEL)  Francesco Moser (ITA)  Tino Conti (ITA)
1977 San Cristóbal
 Francesco Moser (ITA)  Dietrich Thurau (FRG)  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
1978 Nürburgring
 Gerrie Knetemann (NED)  Francesco Moser (ITA)  Jørgen Marcussen (DEN)
1979 Valkenburg
 Jan Raas (NED)  Dietrich Thurau (FRG)  Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)
1980 Sallanches
 Bernard Hinault (FRA)  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)  Juan Fernández (ESP)
1981 Brno
 Freddy Maertens (BEL)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)  Bernard Hinault (FRA)
1982 Goodwood
 Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)  Greg LeMond (USA)  Sean Kelly (IRL)
1983 Altenrhein
 Greg LeMond (USA)  Adri van der Poel (NED)  Stephen Roche (IRL)
1984 Barcelona
 Claude Criquielion (BEL)  Claudio Corti (ITA)  Steve Bauer (CAN)
1985 Giavera del Montello
 Joop Zoetemelk (NED)  Greg LeMond (USA)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
1986 Colorado Springs
 Moreno Argentin (ITA)  Charly Mottet (FRA)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
1987 Villach
 Stephen Roche (IRL)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)  Juan Fernández (ESP)
1988 Ronse
 Maurizio Fondriest (ITA)  Martial Gayant (FRA)  Juan Fernández (ESP)
1989 Chambéry
 Greg LeMond (USA)  Dimitri Konychev (URS)  Sean Kelly (IRL)
1990 Utsunomiya
 Rudy Dhaenens (BEL)  Dirk De Wolf (BEL)  Gianni Bugno (ITA)
1991 Stuttgart
 Gianni Bugno (ITA)  Steven Rooks (NED)  Miguel Induráin (ESP)
1992 Benidorm
 Gianni Bugno (ITA)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)  Dimitri Konychev (RUS)
1993 Oslo
 Lance Armstrong (USA)  Miguel Indurain (ESP)  Olaf Ludwig (GER)
1994 Agrigento
 Luc Leblanc (FRA)  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1995 Duitama
 Abraham Olano (ESP)  Miguel Induráin (ESP)  Marco Pantani (ITA)
1996 Lugano
 Johan Museeuw (BEL)  Mauro Gianetti (SUI)  Michele Bartoli (ITA)
1997 San Sebastián
 Laurent Brochard (FRA)  Bo Hamburger (DEN)  Léon van Bon (NED)
1998 Valkenburg
 Oscar Camenzind (SUI)  Peter Van Petegem (BEL)  Michele Bartoli (ITA)
1999 Verona
 Óscar Freire (ESP)  Markus Zberg (SUI)  Jean-Cyril Robin (FRA)
2000 Plouay
 Romāns Vainšteins (LAT)  Zbigniew Spruch (POL)  Óscar Freire (ESP)
2001 Lisbon
 Óscar Freire (ESP)  Paolo Bettini (ITA)  Andrej Hauptman (SLO)
2002 Zolder/Hasselt
 Mario Cipollini (ITA)  Robbie McEwen (AUS)  Erik Zabel (GER)
2003 Hamilton
 Igor Astarloa (ESP)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)  Peter Van Petegem (BEL)
2004 Verona
 Óscar Freire (ESP)  Erik Zabel (GER)  Luca Paolini (ITA)
2005 Madrid
 Tom Boonen (BEL)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)  Anthony Geslin (FRA)
2006 Salzburg
 Paolo Bettini (ITA)  Erik Zabel (GER)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2007 Stuttgart
 Paolo Bettini (ITA)  Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS)  Stefan Schumacher (GER)
2008 Varese
 Alessandro Ballan (ITA)  Damiano Cunego (ITA)  Matti Breschel (DEN)
2009 Mendrisio
 Cadel Evans (AUS)  Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS)  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
2010 Geelong
 Thor Hushovd (NOR)  Matti Breschel (DEN)  Allan Davis (AUS)
2011 Copenhagen
 Mark Cavendish (GBR)  Matthew Goss (AUS)  André Greipel (GER)
2012 Valkenburg
 Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2013 Florence
 Rui Costa (POR)  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2014 Ponferrada
 Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)  Simon Gerrans (AUS)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2015 Richmond
 Peter Sagan (SVK)  Michael Matthews (AUS)  Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU)

Most successful riders

Rank Name and country Gold Silver Bronze Total Winning years
1  Alfredo Binda (ITA) 3 0 1 4 1927, 1930, 1932
 Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) 3 0 1 4 1949, 1956, 1957
 Óscar Freire (ESP) 3 0 1 4 1999, 2001, 2004
4  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 3 0 0 3 1967, 1971, 1974
5  Rik van Looy (BEL) 2 2 0 4 1960, 1961
 Greg LeMond (USA) 2 2 0 4 1983, 1989
7  Freddy Maertens (BEL) 2 1 0 3 1976, 1981
 Paolo Bettini (ITA) 2 1 0 3 2006, 2007
9   )BEL( 2 0 1 3 1928, 1929
 Gianni Bugno (ITA) 2 0 1 3 1991, 1992
11  Briek Schotte (BEL) 2 0 0 2 1948, 1950
12  Learco Guerra (ITA) 1 2 0 3 1931
 Francesco Moser (ITA) 1 2 0 3 1977
14  André Darrigade (FRA) 1 1 2 4 1959
15  Theo Middelkamp (NED) 1 1 1 3 1947
 Ferdi Kübler (SUI) 1 1 1 3 1951
 Felice Gimondi (ITA) 1 1 1 3 1973
 Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) 1 1 1 3 1982
 Moreno Argentin (ITA) 1 1 1 3 1986
20  Jan Janssen (NED) 1 1 0 2 1964
 Rudi Altig (FRG) 1 1 0 2 1966
 Vittorio Adorni (ITA) 1 1 0 2 1968
  • Spaniard Alejandro Valverde had a record six podium finishes as of 2014 (twice silver and four times bronze) but never managed to become world champion.

Medallists by nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Belgium 26 11 11 48
2  Italy 19 20 16 55 See also: Italy at the UCI Road World Championships
3  France 8 11 15 34
4  Netherlands 7 4 6 17 See also: Netherlands at the UCI Road World Championships
5  Spain 5 6 12 23
6   Switzerland 3 6 4 13
7  United States 3 2 0 5 See also: United States at the UCI Road World Championships
8  Germany 2 7 6 15 Includes  West Germany See also: Germany at the UCI Road World Championships
9  Great Britain 2 0 0 2
10  Australia 1 4 1 6
11  Ireland 1 1 3 5
12  Norway 1 1 0 2
 Poland 1 1 0 2
14  Latvia 1 0 0 1
 Portugal 1 0 0 1
 Slovakia 1 0 0 1
17  Denmark 0 3 2 5
18  Russia 0 3 1 4 Includes  Soviet Union
19  Luxembourg 0 2 2 4
20  Canada 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia 0 0 1 1
 Lithuania 0 0 1 1

See also


  1. ^ "UCI Road World Championships, Men Elite - Road race" (PDF). UCI. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
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