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how does UCI world championship work?(5 posts)

how does UCI world championship work?DougSloan
Jul 12, 2002 7:50 AM
Pardon the ignorance. Is the world champion the result of one, single race, or points from a series or something? If only one race, would the course pretty much dictate the few who might win (hilly, flat, etc.)?

A single race...Wayne
Jul 12, 2002 8:07 AM
that cities bid for. It's usually about a week of festivities with the TT's occurring mid-week and the road races on the weekend (Men's Elite, Espoirs, Juniors, Women's Elite and Juniors). It's held almost at the end of season and this year is in Zolder, Belgium.
Next year it is in Canada (Hamilton, I think) so make your reservations now.
Yes the course dictates who might win. Usually it's a challenging course like a classics course, except it's a circuit race usually containing some climbs but not real mountain climbs. This years course is flat so all the sprinter's are licking their lips!
one race, winner takes allmr_spin
Jul 12, 2002 8:09 AM
UCI points are used only determine how many riders are allowed from each country, up to a maximum of 12.

Who will win is heavily dependant on the course. This year it is fairly flat, and Mario Cippolini (I don't know how to spell it) is favored, given his superb form this year.

There are two problems with Mario's plan. First, for the last couple of years, the Italians don't seem to want to work together as a team. They all come from different trade teams and so are internally competitive. Second, Mario claims he is going to retire. I think that's just Mario whining, but I'm not sure the team will fight to win the jersey for a guy who won't race next year.
Do you mean the UCI World Cup?McAndrus
Jul 12, 2002 8:14 AM
The World Championship is the one-day road race run with national teams. The UCI World Cup is a points series based on performance in UCI qualified classics like Milan San Remo, Tour of Flanders, and San Sebastian.

A rider accumulates points for positions in the UCI races. Each year starts a new World Cup series so the guy who wins San Remo usually wears the jersey first.

A couple of years ago, Zabel won it by winning San Remo then finishing well in the next couple of UCI races. He accumulated so many points he was unassailable. I guess you could say it's a good marker of a rider who rides the entire season in good form.
Do you mean the UCI World Cup?flying
Jul 12, 2002 10:40 AM
Yeah world cup = vertical rainbow stripes
world champ = horizontal rainbow stripes ;-)