Sunday 17 September
Team Time Trial women
Having lost the gold by a mere 6 seconds in Richmond 2015, Boels Dolmans Cycling got their revenge in Doha last year. Boels are one of the favourites again in 2017. After signing olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen, their team is even better than last year. The biggest challengers will probably be Canyon Sram Racing, who has added Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, and Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team.
Team Time Trial men
The Team Time Trial was reintroduced to the championship in Valkenburg 2012. The team time trial is the only event in the championships where the riders compete for their team, not their country. This provides an added element of competition. The event has been dominated by Etixx-Quick Step and BMC, who both have 2 wins each between 2012 and 2015. BMC was victorious in Richmond, by a mere 11 seconds while Etixx-Quick Step got the better of their fierce rivals in Doha, winning by exactly the same time difference, 11 Seconds. Quick-Step Floors (former Etixx-Quick Step) have lost their main «engine» Tony Martin to Katusha. Will this pave the way for another gold from BMC? Or can Orica-Scott upstage both favourites and take home the gold?
Monday 18 September
Time Trial women juniors
The time trial course in Bergen is a technical course which includes sections of cobblestone. We expect the course to be highly challenging for the riders. The winner in Doha was Karlijn Swinkels from the Netherlands. The season is still young so it is yet uncertain who will be the favourites in Bergen, but expect an exciting race.
Time Trial men U23
Germany has dominated this event the last couple of years. In Doha Marco Mathis took the gold with german riders in 3 of the top 4 spots. Will the germans continue their dominance? A major part of the circuit is Birkelundsbakken. The riders will climb the hill only once, but with a gradient of 16 % at its steepest, the hill will take its toll on even the most recillient.
Tuesday 19 September
Time Trial men juniors
The home crowd will be extra excited for this race as Iver Knotten most likely will be one of the favourites. Last year he finished 6. in Doha after experiencing problems with the heat. The heat will not be a problem in Bergen in September, but the junior race will feature a bunch of hungry young riders all aiming for the gold.
Time Trial women elite
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen is still going strong in his 40’s, winning a bronze medal in the world chanpionships this year. Last year’s winner of the time trial for women, Amber Neben, is cut from the same mold. Even though she is now 41, she is most certainly aiming to defend her title in Bergen. The women’s course also includes Birkelundsbakken, and the hill with 16% at its steepest section will be a major obstacle to handle for the riders. In Doha the margin between the best riders was very small. Only 11 seconds parted the winner from the 4. place finisher so expect a tight race with many riders fighting for the win until the end.
Wednesday 20 September
Time Trial men elite
After a disappointing 7. place in Ricmond, Tony Martin struck back in magnificent fashion in Doha, winning by a whopping 45 seconds over Vasil Kiryienka. That leaves Tony Martin with 4 gold medals and the opportunity to win for the 5. time in Bergen. But this course is very much unique and the final 3,4 kilometers up Mount Floyen will require the winner to be a good climber as well as a good time trialist. We expect some riders to change bikes at the foot of the climb, while others will use the same bike for the whole course, trying to gain vital seconds on those changing. The climb starts with 11 serpentine turns and the average gradient of the climb is 9,1 %, but with several parts with up to 17 %. Who will be the strongest rider and cross the finish line in the fastest time at Mount Floyen?
Friday 22 September
Road Race women juniors
The Women Junior Road Race will consist of 4 laps and a total length of 76,4 km. The circuit offers ample opportunities for a break away, particularly on the climb up to Mount Ulriken. But with the last 2.5 kilometers being flat with gentle curves and no roundabouts, it can also be a bunch sprint that decides the race.
Raod Race men U23
The host country Norway has experienced tremendous success in the mens under 23 the last couple of years. Sven Erik Bystrøm won the race in 2014, with norwegians also in 3. and 5. place. Last year’s championship in Doha resulted in another win when 20 year old Kristoffer Halvorsen surprised everyone in the bunch sprint to take the gold. Kristoffer will defend his title, but the italians, belgians, germans and the riders from all the other great cycling countries will do their utmost to prevent him from a historical second win in a row.
Saturday 23 September
Road Race men juniors
Last year the danish riders dominated the race. The winner was Jakob Egholm, after a brilliantly staged break away at the end of the race. The wild and authentic landscape of Øygarden and Fjell at the start will give the Men Junior Road Race a perfect frame for an epic race before the young riders will tackle the Road Race circuit in the City.
Road Race women elite
20 year old Amalie Dideriksen surprised everyone when she sprinted past Kirsten Wild to win gold last year. Amalie is a two-time winner in the juniors class, but very few expected her to the best amongst the seniors this early in her career. She has already claimed her first victory of 2017 in Ronde van Drenthe and could very likely be one of the top favourites this year as well. But other riders will challenge. Riders like Elisa Longo Borghini, Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten will certainly try to break away on the climb up to Mount Ulriken. So far this season Anna van der Breggen has been incredibly strong, winning Amstel Gold Race, Fleche-Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The race can be decided by a break away or we could end up with a bunch sprint again, and then it is anyone’s guess who will be victorious.
Sunday 24 September
Road Race Men Elite
The championships ends with the most exciting spectacle of them all, the mens elite road race. For two years in a row slovakian Peter Sagan has come out victorious, and no doubt he will be the biggest favourite again in Bergen. But as always the men’s road race will feature the world’s best riders and anything can happen. The Norwegians will cheer extra for their two fan favourites Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen, and hope that one of them can repeat the historical gold that Thor Hushovd claimed in Australia in 2010. The course for the race is a gruelling 276,5 kilometers, with the first 30 kilometers taking place in the spectacular wild and beautiful coastal landscape of Øygarden. The riders will then complete 12 rounds in the city circuit which means they will climb Salmon Hill 12 times. Riders not wanting a bunch sprint will use this hill to try to break away from the peleton. Can Peter Sagan be the first ever to win 3 times in a row or is it time for a new champion?