26 September Antwerp, Belgium (Credit Images: @Flanders2021)

Alaphilippe solos to glory and defends world championship road race title

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Frenchman wins his second successive world road race title. Alaphilippe: ‘Belgian fans made me angry, that pushed me on’. Full article by William Fotheringham on theguardian.com

The percours

The World Championship is 268 km long and features two circuits, a small one (Leuven Circuit) of 15 km and a larger one (Flandrien Circuit) of 32 km.
In brief: start from Antwerp, a 50 km straight stretch, 1.5 laps of the small circuit, 1 lap of the large circuit, 4 laps of the small circuit, 1 lap of the large circuit and finally 2.5 laps of the small circuit.
We’re in Flanders and it’s obvious because in the 32km circuit (the big one) two out of four climbs are on cobblestones, a classic feature in the Tour of Flanders. But the characteristics of the small circuit are impressive: 4 short climbs, 3 on asphalt and one on cobblestones, lots of corners and roads that are quite narrow in some places. If it rains it will become very selective.

DateSunday 26 September
StartAntwerp | 10:25:00
FinishLeuven | 17:00:00
Elevation2,562 m
Distance268.30 km

Climbs

  • Sint-Antoniusberg
  • Wijnpers
  • Decouxlaan
  • Keizersberg
  • Sint-Antoniusberg
  • Wijnpers
  • Decouxlaan
  • Keizersberg
  • Sint-Antoniusberg
  • Smeysberg

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