2019 UCI Road World Championships Overview & Odds | 22/09 to 29/09

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Updated Updated: November 22, 2019

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships are being held between 22 and 29 September 2019 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. 

2019 UCI Road World Championships host locations
2019 UCI Road World Championships host locations

The UCI Road World Championships will have included a total of 11 events. The mixed team relay and individual time trial events have already taken place, with several road race events left to go.

The final event of the championship will be the Men’s Elite road race. Here’s some more information about the race and some predictions as to who’s going to win.

Favourite Riders

While there are dozens of competitors taking part in the race, there are only a handful who are widely expected to do well.

There’s Mathieu Van der Poel, the Dutch cyclist whose excellent performances at other cycling events have made him a favourite to win this race; another favourite is, of course, Peter Sagan, the Slovak won the race in three consecutive years from 2015-17.

Others tipped to do well include Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, Belgian Philippe Gilbert and Michael Matthews from Australia.

Last year’s champion, Alejandro Valverde from Spain, isn’t expected to defend his title. In fact, he is not even expected to finish in the top 10.

What to Expect From the Race

The Elite Men’s road race is scheduled to take place on 29 September, starting at 8:40 a.m., with an approximate end time of 3:40 p.m.

All of the events in this year’s championship are being held in various locations throughout the county of Yorkshire. Usually, it is only a single town or city that holds events, though for this year an entire county is acting as host for the championship.

The Elite Men’s road race will see riders start off at Leeds and end up in Harrogate. The cyclists will complete a total of seven laps of the course between the two cities, racking up a total distance covered of 170 miles.

Elite Men’s road race

Odds from Major Bookies

Mathieu Van der Poel is the odds-on favourite to win the race with odds of 9/4 from bet365 and BetVictor, and odds of 5/2 from William Hill and Paddy Power, among others. He’s never won a medal from this race before, but his strong performances in other cycling events have made him one to watch.

Peter Sagan is the second favourite, with bet365, William Hill, and others all offering 9/2 odds and Paddy Power, Betfair and others offering 4/1 odds.

Overall, it is quite close between Van der Poel and Sagan. The former has average odds of 5/2, while the latter’s average odds are 5/1.

Some of the odds for last year’s winner Alejandro Valverde include 33/1 from William Hill, 25/1 from BetVictor and 40/1 from bet365

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