The host country for the 2010 edition of the UCI’s main event is Australia, one of the world’s great cycling nations. This is due to the growing success of the Tour Down Under, the UCI ProTour’s opening event, as well as the exploits of the best Aussies – in particular Cadel Evans and Jack Bobridge. Oceana is only the fourth continent the Road World champs has visited since its inception in 1927. The other three continents are Europe, America and Asia.
The 2010 UCI Road World Championships start on Wednesday with the Under-23 and Women’s time trial events. The event takes place in Melbourne and Geelong.
Situated on the bay of Corio, about 70km from Melbourne, Geelong – a small touristic spot which has already organised a round of the UCI Women Road World Cup – will be at the heart of the event.
Only the last race of these Championships, the one which will award the most coveted rainbow jersey of the week and which will be raced for the first time without the help of earpieces, will set off from Melbourne, before attacking the beautiful and demanding Geelong circuit which the riders will have to cover 11 times, for a total distance of 262,7km.
Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara, who will attempt to win his fourth title in the time trial event, Spain’s Oscar Freire, who dreams of becoming the first rider in history to win the World Championships road race four times, the Italian Filippo Pozzato, who won the “rehearsal” on Sunday in Ballarat, and the Belgian Philippe Gilbert are the main favourites – along with Britain’s Mark Cavendish and the Norwegian Thor Hushovd – to succeed Cadel Evans. Meanwhile the Australian will give his all in front of his own public in order to honour the gold medal he won in 2009.
In the women’s race, the person to watch could well be the German Trixi Worrack, who was victorious in the preparation race.