2016 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

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Men's road race
2016 UCI Road World Championships
Rainbow jersey
Race details
Dates 16 October 2016
Stages 1
Distance 257.3 km (159.9 mi)
Winning time 5h 40' 43"[1]
Medalists
   Gold  Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
   Silver  Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
   Bronze  Tom Boonen (Belgium)
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The Men's road race of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships was a cycling event that took place on 16 October 2016 in Doha, Qatar. It was the 83rd edition of the championship, and Slovakia's Peter Sagan was the defending champion.

Sagan became the first rider since Paolo Bettini in 2006 and 2007 to retain the rainbow jersey,[2] after winning the sprint finish from a select group of riders that had made a break from the rest of the field in the opening half of the race,[3] in the desert crosswinds.[4] The silver medal went to 2011 world champion Mark Cavendish from Great Britain, a bike length in arrears of Sagan,[5] with the bronze medal going to Belgium's Tom Boonen, the 2005 world champion.[6] It was the first time that all three medallists were previous world title winners.

Course[edit]

The race was due to start and finish in the capital city of Doha, the home base for the Tour of Qatar. The route for the Worlds road races was presented in February 2015, which was made up of a loop of 80 kilometres (50 miles) through the desert and a finishing circuit in Doha city centre, including 1.2 kilometres (0.75 miles) of cobblestones.[7] The finishing circuit of 15.2 kilometres (9.4 miles) on The Pearl-Qatar was used for a stage of February's Tour of Qatar: riders noted that the course was highly technical, going through 24 roundabouts, with stage winner Alexander Kristoff comparing it to a criterium. However it was also noted that the lack of long straight sections meant that the effect of the crosswinds frequently occurring in Qatar would be significantly lessened, reducing the race's unpredictability.[8]

Subsequently, in August 2016 it was reported that the UCI had made changes to the course, increasing the amount of riding through the desert to 151 kilometres (94 miles) and reducing the number of laps of the finishing circuit from eleven down to seven. The start of the men's race was also moved to the Aspire Zone, with the riders heading out northwards towards Al Khor and returning to Doha.[9]

Qualification[edit]

Qualification was based on performances on the UCI run tours and UCI World Ranking during 2016. Results from January to the middle of August counted towards the qualification criteria on both the UCI World Ranking and the UCI Continental Circuits across the world, with the rankings being determined upon the release of the numerous rankings on 22 August 2016.[10][11]

The following nations qualified.

Number of riders Nations
14 to enter, 9 to start  Australia,  Belgium,  Colombia,  France,  Great Britain,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Norway,  Spain,   Switzerland
9 to enter, 6 to start  Canada,  Czech Republic,  Denmark,  Eritrea,  Germany,  Iran,  Poland,  Russia,  Ukraine,  United States
5 to enter, 3 to start  Algeria,  Argentina,  Austria,  Belarus,  Chile,  Estonia,  Ireland,  Japan,  Kazakhstan,  Lithuania,  Luxembourg,  Morocco,  New Zealand,  Portugal,  Slovakia,  Slovenia,  South Africa,  South Korea,  Venezuela
3 to enter, 2 to start  Bulgaria,  Costa Rica,  Croatia,  Ecuador,  Hong Kong,  Latvia
2 to enter, 1 to start  Azerbaijan,  Chinese Taipei,  Ethiopia,  Finland,  Greece,  Guatemala,  Mexico,  Mongolia,  Romania,  Rwanda,  Sweden,  Tunisia,  Turkey,  Uruguay

Schedule[edit]

All times are in Arabia Standard Time (UTC+03:00).[12]

Date Time Event
16 October 2016 10:30–16:35 Men's road race

Participating nations[edit]

199 cyclists from 48 nations were entered in the men's road race, with 197 riders taking the start. The numbers of cyclists per nation are shown in parentheses.[13]

Results[edit]

Final classification[edit]

Of the race's 199 entrants, 53 riders completed the full distance of 257.3 km (159.9 mi).[1]

Rank Rider Country Time
1 Peter Sagan  Slovakia 5h 40' 43"
2 Mark Cavendish  Great Britain s.t.
3 Tom Boonen  Belgium s.t.
4 Michael Matthews  Australia s.t.
5 Giacomo Nizzolo  Italy s.t.
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen  Norway s.t.
7 Alexander Kristoff  Norway s.t.
8 William Bonnet  France s.t.
9 Niki Terpstra  Netherlands s.t.
10 Greg Van Avermaet  Belgium s.t.
11 Jacopo Guarnieri  Italy s.t.
12 Adam Blythe  Great Britain s.t.
13 Natnael Berhane  Eritrea + 4"
14 Jürgen Roelandts  Belgium + 9"
15 Ryan Roth  Canada + 9"
16 Truls Engen Korsæth  Norway + 9"
17 Tom Leezer  Netherlands + 9"
18 Nicolas Dougall  South Africa + 9"
19 Michael Kolář  Slovakia + 13"
20 Elia Viviani  Italy + 14"
21 Mathew Hayman  Australia + 21"
22 Anass Aït El Abdia  Morocco + 2' 48"
23 Oliver Naesen  Belgium + 4' 00"
24 Jasper Stuyven  Belgium + 4' 00"
25 Daniele Bennati  Italy + 4' 00"
26 Alexander Porsev  Russia + 5' 26"
27 Aidis Kruopis  Lithuania + 5' 26"
28 Maximiliano Richeze  Argentina + 5' 26"
29 Magnus Cort  Denmark + 5' 26"
30 Sven Erik Bystrøm  Norway + 5' 26"
31 Yauheni Hutarovich  Belarus + 5' 26"
32 Nacer Bouhanni  France + 5' 26"
33 Imanol Erviti  Spain + 5' 26"
34 Marco Haller  Austria + 5' 26"
35 Yukiya Arashiro  Japan + 5' 26"
36 Michael Schär   Switzerland + 5' 26"
37 Dylan Groenewegen  Netherlands + 5' 26"
38 Stefan Küng   Switzerland + 5' 26"
39 Juraj Sagan  Slovakia + 5' 26"
40 Maciej Bodnar  Poland + 5' 26"
41 Iljo Keisse  Belgium + 5' 26"
42 André Greipel  Germany + 5' 26"
43 Taylor Phinney  United States + 5' 26"
44 Koen de Kort  Netherlands + 5' 26"
45 Zdeněk Štybar  Czech Republic + 5' 26"
46 Manuel Quinziato  Italy + 5' 26"
47 Jens Debusschere  Belgium + 5' 26"
48 Dylan van Baarle  Netherlands + 5' 26"
49 Ben Swift  Great Britain + 5' 26"
50 Mitchell Docker  Australia + 5' 26"
51 Zak Dempster  Australia + 5' 33"
52 Scott Thwaites  Great Britain + 5' 33"
53 Robin Carpenter  United States + 6' 03"

Failed to finish[edit]

144 riders failed to finish, while Colombia's Rigoberto Urán and Norway's Vegard Breen failed to start.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Final Results / Résultat final: Men Elite Road Race / Course en ligne Hommes Elite" (PDF). Sport Result. Tissot Timing. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Peter Sagan wins successive world title in Doha". Eurosport. Discovery Communications. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Wynn, Nigel (16 October 2016). "Peter Sagan wins World Championships road race for second consecutive year". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "World Championships: Sagan beats Cavendish to defend elite men's world title in Doha". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Peter Sagan beats Mark Cavendish to the line to win road race world title". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Road World Championships 2016: Mark Cavendish second as Peter Sagan wins". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Benson, Daniel (7 February 2015). "2016 World Championships route unveiled in Qatar". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Rogers, Owen (9 February 2016). "Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff voice opinions on the Qatar World Championships circuit". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Changes to Doha Road World Championship course - more desert, fewer local laps". cyclingnews.com. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  10. ^ http://uci.ch/mm/Document/News/Rulesandregulation/17/80/65/Syst%C3%A8medequalification2016-ENG-Final_English.pdf
  11. ^ http://uci.ch/mm/Document/News/News/17/88/85/QuotasDoha2016-final_Neutral.pdf
  12. ^ "All you need to know about the 2016 UCI Road World Championships". UCI.ch. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Start List / Liste de départ: Men Elite Road Race / Course en ligne Hommes Elite" (PDF). Sport Result. Tissot Timing. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

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