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The 2015 UCI Road World Championships took place in Richmond, Virginia, United States from September 19–27, 2015.[1] It was the 88th Road World Championships. Peter Sagan won the men's road race and Lizzie Armitstead won the women's road race.

2015 UCI Road World Championships
Richmond 2015 bid logo
Richmond is located in the United States
Richmond
Richmond
Location in the United States
VenueRichmond, Virginia, United States
Date(s) (2015-09-19 - 2015-09-27)September 19–27, 2015
Coordinates37°32′N 77°28′W / 37.533°N 77.467°W / 37.533; -77.467
Events12
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Bidding and selection of RichmondEdit

By UCI's deadline expired on February 20, 2011, three nations had announced their intention to bid for this event:[2]

  • Richmond, Virginia,   United States
    • Richmond announced its bid to host these championships at an official press conference on December 21, 2010.[3]
  •   Oman[4]
    • During the 2011 Tour of Oman race organiser Eddy Merckx confirmed that the Arabian country would bid to host the 2015 world championships. He offered his support, and media reports indicated he could have a key role in the organisation of the championships.[5]
  • Quebec City, Quebec,   Canada
    • Quebec City bid for these championships after being encouraged by Pat McQuaid, president of the UCI.[6][7] Quebec City was the only Canadian city that entered a bid by Cycling Canada's deadline of November 7, 2010. In 2011 Quebec City withdrew, citing the high cost of hosting the event ($20 million).[8]

On September 21, 2011, Richmond was selected as the host for the championships.[1]

 
Volunteer helping during the event

Planners anticipated over 500,000 visitors over the 10-day event[9] According to the organizers the championships are believed to generate a significant economic impact in the Greater Richmond region. Staging the event can generate a $21.3 million cumulative economic impact in the region from 2012 to 2015. Visitor spending can bring a $129.2 million economic impact to the region in 2015. The Richmond 2015 visitor spending is estimated to result in $3.8 million in tax revenue for local governments in the Greater Richmond region in 2015. For Virginia, the economic impact of Richmond 2015 is estimated to be $158.1 million, from both event staging and visitor spending. Richmond 2015 is estimated to also generate $5.0 million in state tax revenue.

QualificationEdit

Main qualification was based on performances on the UCI events during 2015. Results from January to the middle of August counted towards the qualification criteria, with the rankings being determined upon the release of the numerous tour rankings on August 15, 2015.[10]

Olympic QualificationEdit

The men's time trial and women's time trial were part of the qualification system for these cycling disciplines at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Participating nationsEdit

791 national representatives from 76 national federations and 40 trade teams (including other riders) registered for the championships.[11] The two riders from the Dominican Republic who would compete in the men's time trial did not start. Also riders from Syria and Uganda registered for the championships but did not start. The number of cyclists per nation that competed, excluding riders in the team time trials, is shown in parentheses.

Participating national federations
Click on a nation to go to the nations' UCI Road World Championships page

ScheduleEdit

All events will start and finish in Richmond, Virginia. All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).[12]

Date Timings Event Distance
Team time trial events
September 20 11:30 12:55 Women's teams 38.6 km (24.0 mi)
13:30 15:35 Men's teams 38.6 km (24.0 mi)
Individual time trial events
September 21 10:00 11:10 Junior women 15 km (9.3 mi)
11:30 15:50 Under-23 men 30 km (19 mi)
September 22 09:30 13:05 Junior men 30 km (19 mi)
13:30 16:45 Elite women 30 km (19 mi)
September 23 13:00 15:30 Elite men 53.0 km (32.9 mi)
Road race events Laps
September 25 10:00 11:50 Junior women 64.9 km (40.3 mi) 4
12:45 16:50 Under-23 men 162.2 km (100.8 mi) 10
September 26 09:00 12:15 Junior men 129.6 km (80.5 mi) 8
13:00 16:25 Elite women 129.6 km (80.5 mi) 8
September 27 09:00 15:40 Elite men 259.2 km (161.1 mi) 16

CoursesEdit

The process for designing the courses began in the summer of 2011. Three main factors were considered when designing the courses: competitive and technical aspects; showcasing the best of the Richmond region; and the overall impact on local residents and businesses. An UCI official inspected the courses in December 2013.[13] The courses were officially announced in February 2014. The course was used in competition during the national collegiate championships over May 2–4, 2014.[13] All the races will finish in downtown Richmond on Broad Street, where the last few hundred meters are relatively flat. The lead-up in the final kilometers will be a bit uphill. Each lap of the 10-mile road circuit will contain a number of short, challenging climbs. Each lap of the circuit contains about 400 ft (120 m) of climbing and includes cobbles.[14]

Team time trialEdit

 
Part of the team time trial course

The course for the team time trial is 38.8 km (24.1 mi), and has a total elevation of 240 meters (790 feet). The team time trial starts in Henrico County at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, originally the Lakeside Wheel Club, founded in 1895 as a gathering spot for turn-of-the-century cyclists. The first kilometers go through Richmond's historic Northside neighborhoods leading into downtown. The course continues east of Richmond down rural Route 5, which parallels the 50-mile Virginia Capital Trail. The first few kilometers are scenic, flat, open roads that eventually narrow and wind through Richmond National Battlefield Park, a historic Civil War site. The race re-enters the city through Shockoe Bottom, eventually making a hard right turn on Governor Street to ascend 300 meters (980 feet). At the top, the teams have to take a sharp left turn onto the false-flat finishing straight, 680 meters (2,230 feet) to the finish.

Time trial (elite men)Edit

The length of the course is 53 km (33 mi) and has a total elevation of 244 meters (801 feet). The course begins 20 mi (32 km) north of Richmond at Kings Dominion, Virginia's premier amusement park in Hanover County. It will go to Meadow Event Park, home to the State Fair of Virginia and birthplace of thoroughbred racing legend Secretariat. Racers will head south on long, open straights past the Hanover County Courthouse, the third oldest courthouse still in use in the U.S. and dating back to about 1740. Long hills on Brook and Wilkinson roads bring the racers back into the city through Virginia Union University before turning into downtown. Nearly half the turns of the entire route fall within the closing kilometers, the second to last of which is to ascend 300 meters (980 feet) on Governor Street. At the top, the teams have to take a sharp left turn onto the false-flat finishing straight, 680 meters (2,230 feet) to the finish.

Time trial (elite women, under-23 and juniors)Edit

 
Part of the time trial course

All individual time trials apart from the elite men time trial are on a circuit. Elite women, under-23 and junior men will ride two laps of the circuit and junior women will complete one lap. The length of 1 lap is 15 km (9.3 mi) and has a total elevation of 96 meters (315 feet).

The circuit is a technical course that winds through the city of Richmond. The start will head west from downtown to Monument Avenue, a paver-lined, historic boulevard that's been named one of the "10 Great Streets in America." From there, the course makes a 180-degree turn at N. Davis Avenue and continues in the opposite direction. The race then cuts through the Uptown district before coming back through Virginia Commonwealth University and then crossing the James River. After a technical turnaround, the race comes back across the James and works its way through downtown Richmond, eventually heading up to ascend 300 meters (980 feet) on Governor Street. At the top, the teams have to take a sharp left turn onto the false-flat finishing straight, 680 meters (2,230 feet) to the finish.

Road race circuitEdit

 
One of the two cobbled climbs in the road race circuit
 
Profile of the road race circuit

The length of the circuit is 16.2 km (10.1 mi) and has a total elevation of 103 meters (338 feet). All road races took place on a challenging, technical and inner-city road circuit. The circuit heads west from Downtown Richmond, working their way onto Monument Avenue, a paver-lined, historic boulevard that's been named one of the "10 Great Streets in America". Cyclists will take a 180-degree turn at the Jefferson Davis monument and then maneuver through the Uptown district and Virginia Commonwealth University. Halfway through the circuit, the race heads down into Shockoe Bottom before following the canal and passing Great Shiplock Park, the start of the Virginia Capital Trail. A sharp, off-camber turn at Rockets Landing brings the riders to the narrow, twisty, cobbled 200-meter (660-foot) climb up to Libby Hill Park in the historic Church Hill neighborhood. A quick descent, followed by three hard turns leads to a 100-meter (330-foot) climb up 23rd Street. Once atop this steep cobbled hill, riders descend into Shockoe Bottom. This leads them to the final 300-meter (980-foot) climb on Governor Street. At the top, the teams have to take a sharp left turn onto the false-flat finishing straight, 680 meters (2,230 feet) to the finish.

Events summaryEdit

Elite eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Events
Men's road race[15]
details
  Peter Sagan (SVK) 6h 14' 37"   Michael Matthews (AUS) + 3"   Ramūnas Navardauskas (LTU) + 3"
Men's time trial[16]
details
  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) 1h 02' 29.45"   Adriano Malori (ITA) + 9.08"   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) + 26.62"
Men's team time trial[17]
details
  BMC Racing Team 42' 07.97"   Etixx–Quick-Step + 11.35"   Movistar Team + 30.11"
  Rohan Dennis (AUS)
  Silvan Dillier (SUI)
  Stefan Küng (SUI)
  Daniel Oss (ITA)
  Taylor Phinney (USA)
  Manuel Quinziato (ITA)
  Tom Boonen (BEL)
  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)
  Yves Lampaert (BEL)
  Tony Martin (GER)
  Niki Terpstra (NED)
  Rigoberto Urán (COL)
  Andrey Amador (CRC)
  Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP)
  Alex Dowsett (GBR)
  Ion Izagirre (ESP)
  Adriano Malori (ITA)
  Jasha Sütterlin (GER)
Women's Events
Women's road race[18]
details
  Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) 3h 23' 56"   Anna van der Breggen (NED) s.t.   Megan Guarnier (USA) s.t.
Women's time trial[19]
details
  Linda Villumsen (NZL) 40' 29.87"   Anna van der Breggen (NED) + 2.54"   Lisa Brennauer (GER) + 5.26"
Women's team time trial[20]
details
  Velocio–SRAM 47' 35.72"   Boels–Dolmans + 6.66"   Rabo–Liv + 56.12"
  Alena Amialiusik (BLR)
  Lisa Brennauer (DEU)
  Karol-Ann Canuel (CAN)
  Barbara Guarischi (ITA)
  Mieke Kröger (DEU)
  Trixi Worrack (DEU)
  Lizzie Armitstead (GBR)
  Chantal Blaak (NED)
  Christine Majerus (LUX)
  Katarzyna Pawłowska (POL)
  Evelyn Stevens (USA)
  Ellen van Dijk (NED)
  Lucinda Brand (NED)
  Thalita de Jong (NED)
  Shara Gillow (AUS)
  Roxane Knetemann (NED)
  Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL)
  Anna van der Breggen (NED)

Under-23 eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Under-23 Events
Men's under-23 road race[21]
details
  Kévin Ledanois (FRA) 3h 54' 45"   Simone Consonni (ITA) s.t.   Anthony Turgis (FRA) + 2"
Men's under-23 time trial[22]
details
  Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN) 37' 10.96"   Maximilian Schachmann (GER) + 12.20"   Lennard Kämna (GER) + 21.02"

Junior eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Juniors Events
Men's junior road race[23]
details
  Felix Gall (AUT) 3h 11' 09"   Clément Bétouigt-Suire (FRA) s.t.   Rasmus Pedersen (DEN) + 1"
Men's junior time trial[24]
details
  Leo Appelt (GER) 37' 45.01"   Adrien Costa (USA) + 17.22"   Brandon McNulty (USA) + 59.74"
Women's Juniors Events
Women's junior road race[25]
details
  Chloe Dygert (USA) 1h 42' 16"   Emma White (USA) + 1' 23"   Agnieszka Skalniak (POL) + 1' 28"
Women's junior time trial[26]
details
  Chloe Dygert (USA) 20' 18.47"   Emma White (USA) + 1' 05.53"   Anna-Leeza Hull (AUS) + 1' 26.08"

Medal tableEdit

 
Inflatable rainbow jersey during the championships
Place Nation       Total
1   United States 3 3 2 8
2   Germany 2 1 2 5
3   France 1 1 2 4
4   Denmark 1 0 1 2
5   Austria 1 0 0 1
  Belarus 1 0 0 1
  Great Britain 1 0 0 1
  New Zealand 1 0 0 1
  Slovakia 1 0 0 1
10   Netherlands 0 3 1 4
11   Italy 0 2 0 2
12   Australia 0 1 1 2
13   Belgium 0 1 0 1
14   Lithuania 0 0 1 1
  Poland 0 0 1 1
  Spain 0 0 1 1
Total 12 12 12 36

Ranking by nationsEdit

For the ranking by nations the men's and women's team time trial are excluded.[11]

Rank Nation Points
1   Netherlands 545
2   France 430
3   Australia 425
4   United States 424
5   Italy 349
6   Poland 241
7   Germany 230
8   Great Britain 227
9   Belarus 220
10   Slovakia 200
11   Norway 159
12   Spain 150
13    Switzerland 144
14   Canada 140
  Lithuania 140
16   Sweden 130
17   New Zealand 125
18   Belgium 105
19   Portugal 100
20   Denmark 98
21   South Africa 43
22   Estonia 33
  Russia 33
24   Czech Republic 32
24   Japan 31
26   Luxembourg 26
27   Austria 20
28   Argentina 10
29   Kazakhstan 8
30   Eritrea 7
31   Colombia 6
32   Latvia 5
  Ukraine 5

ReferencesEdit

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