Recent winners World Championships road race for men
2021: Julian Alaphilippe (fra) – Leuven
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.