2017 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

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Men's road race
2017 UCI Road World Championships
Rainbow jersey
Race details
Dates24 September 2017
Stages1
Distance267.5 km (166.2 mi)
Winning time6h 28' 11"[1]
Medalists
   Gold  Peter Sagan (SVK)
   Silver  Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
   Bronze  Michael Matthews (AUS)
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The Men's road race of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships was a cycling event that took place on 24 September 2017 in Bergen, Norway. It was the 84th edition of the championship, and Slovakia's Peter Sagan was the two times defending champion.

After a late move from France's Julian Alaphilippe was brought back within the final kilometres,[2] Sagan outsprinted his rivals to win a third consecutive world title, the first male rider to do so. As well as this, he became the fifth man – after Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen, Eddy Merckx and Óscar Freire – to win three elite road world championship titles.[3] European champion Alexander Kristoff from Norway took the silver medal, while the bronze medal went to Australian Michael Matthews.[1][4]

Course[edit]

The race started in Rong and traversed 39.5 kilometres (24.5 miles) before reaching the finishing circuit in Bergen. After a further 17.9 kilometres (11.1 miles), the riders crossed the finish line on the Festplassen for the first time, with the riders completing eleven full laps of the circuit 19.1 kilometres (11.9 miles) in length.[5] The main feature of the circuit was the climb of Salmon Hill, about 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) into the lap; the climb was 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) long at an average gradient of 6.4%. At 267.5 kilometres (166.2 miles), the 2017 men's road race was the longest in the championships since 272.26 kilometres (169.17 miles) were covered in 2013.[6]

Qualification[edit]

Qualification were based on performances on the UCI World Ranking on August 15, 2017.[7]

UCI World Rankings[edit]

The following nations qualified.[8]

Criterium Rank Number of riders Nations
To enter To start
UCI World Ranking by Nations 1–10 14 9
11–20 9 6
21–30 6 3
31–50 2 1
UCI World Ranking by Individuals
(if not already qualified)
1–200 N/A

Additional places[edit]

 Ukraine,  Iran,  Venezuela,  Turkey,  Ecuador,  Croatia,  Brazil,  South Korea,  Algeria,  Tunisia and  China have chosen not to use (all of their) quota places.  Latvia,  Argentina,  Sweden,  Greece,  Hong Kong,  Finland and  Albania have received additional quota places.

Participating nations[edit]

196 cyclists from 44 nations were entered in the men's road race, however Irish representative Damien Shaw did not start the race.[1] The number of cyclists per nation is shown in parentheses.

Final classification[edit]

Of the race's 196 entrants, 132 riders completed the full distance of 267.5 kilometres (166.2 miles).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Final Results / Résultat final: Men Elite Road Race / Course en ligne Hommes Elite" (PDF). Sport Result. Tissot Timing. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ Westemeyer, Susan (24 September 2017). "Sagan takes historic third world championship in Bergen". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Peter Sagan: Slovak wins record third successive world title in Norway". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Peter Sagan times sprint to perfection to win third world title in a row". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Press Association. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Countdown to the road races". Bergen2017.no. Bergen 2017 AS. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017. The women's race will go a distance of 152,8 km, including 8 laps on the 19.1 km long circuit.
  6. ^ "Technical Guide – 2017 UCI Road World Championships" (PDF). UCI.ch. Union Cycliste Internationale. 16 September 2017. p. 50. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Qualification system" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Qualified riders" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Moscon disqualified from Worlds road race - Video". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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