Madrid unveils 2005 Worlds
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 11.00pm
The organising team for next year's Worlds in Madrid have revealed details of the courses, which inc
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Real Madrid's famous Santiago Bernabeu football stadium will act as an imposing backdrop when the Spanish capital hosts next year's World Road Championships. The start and finish lines for the road race are to be located in the Plaza de Lima, just opposite of Real's ground, writes Susanne Horsdal. Bearing in mind the high drop-out rate at the recently concluded Vuelta, it might be a good idea for riders with an eye on the Worlds to finish next year's Tour of Spain, because the last stage into Madrid will finish on the World Championships' route. All this was revealed at an official presentation of the Madrid 'parcours' prior to Wednesday's elite men's time trial in Bardolino, Italy. The road race course in Madrid will be less demanding than this year's. It has a few climbs, but nothing that compares with the Toricelle climb in Verona. The distance for the road race is expected to be about 260 kilometres for the men's race, comprising 13 laps of 21.3 kilometres. The time trial course, which is 22 kilometres long, will be ridden twice by the elite men and features a small climb on a generally rolling course. But, as with the road race 'parcours', it's less demanding than this week's route in Bardolino. As an appendix, International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen disclosed that despite the Worlds not being part of the Pro Tour, riders will earn points in the race. How many are on offer and how they'll be awarded to Pro Tour riders and non-Pro Tour riders respectively was not revealed.
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