Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the elite men’s road race at the UCI World Road Championships The routes for the 2024 Road World Championships in Zurich were revealed on the final weekend of the Glasgow ‘super Worlds’ before Lotte Kopecky took victory in the women’s road race with Switzerland set to host the world’s best riders from September 21 to 29.
Zurich hosts the finale of the headline events, with the men’s road race starting northwest of the city in Winterthur and the women’s to the east in Uster. The routes contain a similarly punchy finishing circuit of Zurich’s city centre to Glasgow , but without as many corners and they are 279.2km and 157.6km in length respectively.
Tadej Pogačar , Remco Evenepoel and Wout Van Aert are among those in the early discussion for being best suited to the brutal parcours.
The route into Zurich continually undulates, with the Kyburg (1.2km at 12%) as the hardest early punch in the men’s and Binz (4.6km at 4.5%) the early test in the women’s, before the Zürichbergstrasse (1.1km at 8%) and Witikon (2.3km at 5.7%) line each of the circuits and will decide the race.
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