The UCI, the International Cycling Union, has assigned the 2021 World Road Championships to Flanders. Exactly 100 years after the very first World Championships the event is ‘coming home’ to Flanders, the heartland of cycling.
From 18 until 26 September 2021 all events of road cycling (men’s and women’s elite race, the time trials, the U23 and the Junior's race) will take place in Flanders. Altogether, there are 11 rainbow jerseys at stake during the battle on the Flemish roads. It will be Flanders’ seventh time as resident for the World Championships:
- 1950: Moorslede: Briek Schotte (Bel)
- 1957: Waregem: Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)
- 1963: Ronse: Benoni Beheydt (Bel)
- 1969: Zolder: Harm Ottenbros (Ned)
- 1988: Ronse: Maurizio Fondriest (Ita)
- 2002: Zolder: Mario Cipollini (Ita)
- 2021: Leuven: ???
The time trials, from Sunday until Tuesday, will depart in Knokke-Heist and have their finish in the historic city centre of Bruges. The road races, from Thursday until Sunday, will start in Antwerp and arrive in Leuven. In and around Leuven the contenders will ride a local lap, which they have to cover several times during the finale, that consists of some tough climbs. The Flemish Worlds week will be kicked-off on Saturday with a mass event for cycling enthusiasts and cycling families.
See you in Flanders in 2021!