Photo gallery: The pain and the glory of the 2018 Road World Championships

by Matt de Neef

It’s Alejandro Valverde and Anna van der Breggen that are getting most of the headlines. Valverde for finally winning Worlds after six podium finishes, for his sublime race craft, and for the way his win makes people feel. Van der Breggen for her audacity to attack so far out, the way she put minutes into her rivals, and the fact Worlds was practically the only big race she had left to win. What next for her?

But the 2018 Road World Championships aren’t defined by these stories alone. Sure, the elite road races may have been the marquee events, but the 2018 Road Worlds produced many stories of note.

Take Rohan Dennis’ thumping victory in the elite men’s time trial, for example — a deserving win after several Worlds ITTs mishaps. Or junior MTB world champion Laura Stigger’s emphatic win in the junior women’s road race — only her second-ever road race. Or Mikkel Bjerg’s successful defence of his U23 time trial title … at just 19 years old.

And let’s not forget what was perhaps the biggest story of the 2018 Worlds; the arrival of Remco Evenepoel on the world stage. The Belgian phenom’s two gold medals were little surprise to those in the know, but they were no less remarkable for that fact. A storming victory in the junior men’s ITT was followed by a big solo victory in the road race … the latter coming after a crash and bike change left him several minutes off the pace. It seems obvious to suggest that the 18 year old is destined for great things.

Join us as we reflect on the 2018 Road World Championships courtesy of some great images from Kristof Ramon and Cor Vos.

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