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Austria to Host 2018 UCI World Championsips

According to an article in the French newspaper, DirectVelo, the Austrian city of Innsbruck has been awarded the 2018 UCI Road World Championships.

The article reports, that the Innsbruck course will be one that favors the “climbers”, as the route will contain an eight-kilometer climb at the 20 kilometer mark – outside the city. Moreover, there will be 4,000 and 4,500 meters of elevation gain throughout the course, with a likelihood of there being some steep ascents inclusive in the time trial event as well.

In addition, the cities of Kitzbühel, Kufstein and others in and around the the Tirol region, will also be included in the Championship events.  

Austria has hosted the World Championships on two previous occasions, the first in Villach in 1987 – where Stephen Roche won the road race – and then in 2006 in Salzberg – won by Paolo Bettini.

Richmond, Virginia hosted this year’s Worlds, while Doha (Qatar) and Bergen (Norway) are set to host them in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has yet to confirm the details of the 2018 World Championships – simply saying, “We are in discussions with potential organizers of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships but are unable to confirm anything at this stage. We should be in the position to announce the event’s host in the weeks to come.”

Innsbruck had previously bid for the 2017 event. 

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