UCI Road World Championships

The UCI Road World Championships are the annual world championships for bicycle road racing organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The UCI Road World Championships consist of events for road race and individual time trial, and as of 2019 a mixed team relay.

UCI Road World Championships
GenreRoad bicycle racing
Previous event2020
Next event2021
Organised byUCI


All the world championship events are ridden by national teams, not trade teams such as in most other major races. The winner of each category is entitled to wear the rainbow jersey in races of that category (either mass start or time trial) until the next championships. It currently includes the following championships:

Former events:


Outfit of Jean-Pierre Monseré as worldchampion (1970), consisting of victory ribbon, cap, medal and rainbow jersey (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing)

The first world championships took place in 1921, though the only event that was contested was the Men's Road Race for Amateurs.[1] The first professional world championship took place in July 1927 at the Nürburgring in Germany where Italian Alfredo Binda won the professional men's race and Belgian Jean Aerts won the men's amateur race. The women's road race was introduced in 1958. A men's team time trial, contested by national teams, was introduced in 1962. Beginning in 1972, the team time trial was discontinued in Olympic years only. Individual time trials in all categories were added in 1994, which was also the last year for the original incarnation of the men's team time trial. In 2012, the men's team time trial was reinstated, and a women's team time trial added to the program; both were contested by trade teams. In 2019, the team time trial events for men and women will be replaced by a mixed relay team time trial.

Until 1995, there were separate races for male professional and amateur riders. In 1996, the amateur category was replaced with a category for men under-23 years old with the professional category becoming an open (later elite) category.

Since 1995, the race has been held towards the end of the European season in late September, usually following the Vuelta a España. Before that, the event had always been a summer race, held in late August or the first week of September (with the exception of 1970, when it was a mid-season summer event).

The world championships are located in a different city or region every year. The event can be held over a relatively flat course which favors cycling sprinters or a hilly course which favors a climbing specialist or all-round. In each case the course is usually held on a circuit of which the riders complete multiple laps.

The world championship road race and two of the three Grand Tours (namely the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France) form the Triple Crown of Cycling.


All-time medal table

Updated after 2020 Championships.

Medal table includes only medals achieved in senior events. Mixed nation team events such as the Team Time Trial from 2012 to 2018 are excluded.

1 Italy (ITA)524742141
2 Belgium (BEL)38302997
3 Netherlands (NED)35302792
4 France (FRA)33303093
5  Switzerland (SUI)15222057
6 United States (USA)14141341
7 Germany (GER)13172050
8 Great Britain (GBR)13111236
9 Soviet Union (URS)12161644
10 East Germany (GDR)102416
11 Spain (ESP)9131638
12 Sweden (SWE)95721
13 Denmark (DEN)711927
14 Poland (POL)77317
15 Australia (AUS)611623
16 West Germany (FRG)44513
17 Russia (RUS)44412
18 Lithuania (LTU)33511
19 Slovakia (SVK)3104
20 Norway (NOR)2248
21 Belarus (BLR)2013
22 Luxembourg (LUX)1348
23 New Zealand (NZL)1225
24 Ukraine (UKR)1214
25 Ireland (IRL)1135
26 Latvia (LAT)1102
27 Colombia (COL)1034
28 Portugal (POR)1001
29 Canada (CAN)0336
30 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0224
31 Austria (AUT)0123
32 Hungary (HUN)0112
 Slovenia (SLO)0112
34 Brazil (BRA)0101
35 Kazakhstan (KAZ)0022
36 Czech Republic (CZE)0011
 Finland (FIN)0011
 Uruguay (URU)0011
Totals (38 nations)298298300896


See also