2020 UCI Road World Championships – Women's road race

The Women's road race of the 2020 UCI Road World Championships was a cycling event that took place on 26 September 2020 in Imola, Italy.[2] Annemiek van Vleuten was the defending champion.[3]

Women's road race
2020 UCI Road World Championships
Rainbow jersey
Race details
Dates26 September 2020
Stages1 in Imola, Italy
Distance143 km (88.86 mi)
Winning time4h 09' 57"[1]
   Gold Netherlands Anna van der Breggen (NED)
   Silver Netherlands Annemiek van Vleuten (NED)
   Bronze Italy Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA)

Anna van der Breggen from the Netherlands became the first rider in 25 years to win both the road race and time trial titles at a single World Championships, after a 40-kilometre (25-mile) solo attack.[4] She finished 80 seconds clear of her closest competitors,[5] to win her second world title in three years. The silver medal went to compatriot van Vleuten, who was riding the race with a brace on a fractured wrist – having completed a U-turn on competing in the race – following a crash the week prior at the Giro Rosa.[6][7][8] The bronze medal was taken by Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini, losing out to van Vleuten in a two-up sprint.[4][5]

The race took place on a 28.8 kilometres (17.9 mi) course, starting and finishing at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari (a motor racing circuit).[9] Heading out from the Autodromo into the Emilia-Romagna countryside, the course used two climbs with an average gradient of 10% separated by the town of Riolo Terme, before returning to the Autodromo. The women's road race lapped the course five times, making a total of 143 kilometres (89 mi).[9]

Qualification edit

Participating nations edit

Following the withdrawals of Chloé Dygert and Rotem Gafinovitz after the time trial two days prior to the race, 143 cyclists from 41 nations were listed to start the 143-kilometre (89 mi)-long course.[10] Three further riders did not start the race. The number of cyclists per nation is shown in parentheses.

Final classification edit

Of the race's 140 entrants, 105 riders completed the full distance of 143-kilometre (89 mi).[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Final Results / Résultat final: Women Elite Road Race". Tissot Timing. Tissot. 26 September 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Road World Championships 2020 route: Maps and profiles for revised events". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ Skelton, Jack (28 September 2019). "Road World Championships: Annemiek van Vleuten wins first women's world road title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b Frattini, Kirsten (26 September 2020). "Anna van der Breggen wins elite women's world title at Imola World Championships". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Road World Championships: Anna van der Breggen wins women's road race for rare double". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 September 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Giro Rosa: Race leader Annemiek van Vleuten will miss worlds after suffering broken wrist". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Van Vleuten not ruling out World Championships participation despite broken wrist". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  8. ^ Farrand, Stephen (25 September 2020). "Van Vleuten cleared to ride UCI World Championships road race". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b "The UCI reveals the routes for the Imola – Emilia-Romagna 2020 UCI Road World Championships". www.uci.org. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  10. ^ "2020 UCI Road World Championships - Start list - Women Elite Road Race" (PDF). UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. 25 September 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2020.

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