World Cycling Championships: Winners and records

rainbow - World Cycling Championships: Winners and records The World Championships are usually held at the end of the season and the winner wears the rainbow jersey for a whole year. Cyclingstage.com brings you the recent winners and records of the road race.

Recent winners World Championships road race for men

2020: Julian Alaphilippe (fra) – Imola
2019: Mads Pedersen (den) – Harrogate
2018: Alejandro Valverde (spa) – Innsbruck
2017: Peter Sagan (svk) – Bergen
2016: Peter Sagan (svk) – Doha
2015: Peter Sagan (svk) – Richmond
2014: Michal Kwiatkowski (pol) – Ponferrada
2013: Rui Costa (por) – Florence
2012: Philippe Gilbert (bel) – Valkenburg

World Championships road race for men records

Five riders claimed three World Championship titles: Alfredo Binda (Italy), Rik Van Steenbergen (Belgium), Eddy Merckx (Belgium), Óscar Freire (Spain) and Peter Sagan (Slovakia). Sagan is the only rider who won the rainbow jersey three times in a row. Furthermore, he is the only still capable to add to his tally.

The youngest rider ever to become World Champion was Karel Kaers (Belgium). He was only 20 years and 46 days of age when he took the title in 1934. The oldest World Champion ever is Joop Zoetemelk, who won the rainbow jersey in 1985 – his age at the time was 38 years and 272 days.

Peter SaganAlejandro ValverdeMichal KwiatkowskiJulian AlaphilippeMads Pedersen


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