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  1. What are the Road World Championships?

    A pared-down version of the 2020 Road World Championships will be held in Italy from 24-27 September.

    The annual championships were originally due to be held in Switzerland, but had to be switched because of coronavirus restrictions.

    Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has chosen to run just the elite road and time trial races for both men and women - there will be no junior or under-23 events and no team time trial mixed relay.

    The start and finish of each event will take place on the Imola motor racing circuit, but each route will break out onto the roads of the Emilia Romagna region.

    The men's road race will be held on a punishing 260km route that features nearly 5,000m of climbing, while the women's event will be held over 144km, ascending over 2,750m. The time-trial circuit will be 32km for both men and women.

    The four-day championships will see a host of top cycling talent with recent Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar and runner up Primoz Roglic set to compete in the men's road race on Sunday.

    Tadej Pogacar celebrates winning the 2020 Tour de France
  2. Who is in the Great Britain squad?

    Great Britain have named six male and female riders for the road race and two riders for the individual time trials.

    Among them is 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas who will compete in the individual time trial on Friday.

    Lizzie Deignan, who won the 2015 women's road race, will again be competing in that race.

    Matt Holmes has withdrawn from the men’s road race due to a non-COVID related illness, with Ethan Hayter taking his place.

    Women’s Road Race: Lizzy Banks, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Lizzie Deignan, Anna Henderson and Anna Shackley.

    Women’s Time Trial: Lizzy Banks and Alice Barnes.

    Men’s Road Race: Hugh Carthy, Ethan Hayter, James Knox, Tom Pidcock, Luke Rowe and James Shaw.

    Men’s Time Trial: Alex Dowsett and Geraint Thomas.

    Lizzie Deignan
  3. Bennett looking to avoid the limelight

    Ireland's Sam Bennett celebrates winning the green jersey at the Tour de France

    Despite winning the points leader’s green jersey and two stages on the recent Tour de France, Ireland’s Sam Bennett is not looking for celebrity status and is instead happy to just be known as one of the world’s best sprinters.

    Bennett, 29, earned his first Tour victory on stage 10 but then became the first Irishman to win a jersey at the Tour since Sean Kelly took green in 1989. To top that off, he was first across the line on the Champs-Elysees in Sunday’s final stage.

    "Riders from other countries have been doing less in the sport and getting more recognition,” he told Press Association. "It was weird. I'm competitive at the highest level but I knew to get that recognition I had to do it in the Tour.”

    Bennett’s hometown of Carrick-on-Suir held a parade in his absence after his success – he himself enjoyed pizza with his Deceuninck-Quick Step team-mates in Paris with a few Irish whiskeys.

    He joined the team after being frustrated at Bora-Hansgrohe, who already had seven-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan in their ranks.

    Having beaten him, Bennett may target the Irish national road race, scheduled for 4 October, if the Tour’s green jersey winner is able to make it.

    "I don't know if it's happening and if I can get to it," he said. "I haven't spoken to the team, but if there's one thing I really would love it is to keep my national champion's jersey."

  4. I have nothing to hide – Quintana

    Nairo Quintana

    Nairo Quintana, the former winner of the Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia, has denied any wrongdoing after a search of his room by French police during the Tour de France and the opening of an investigation by the prosecutor’s office in Marseille.

    The Colombian rider, who competed for the Arkea-Samsic team in the Tour, said no illegal substances were found in the search after the 17th stage of the Tour in Meribel, and that he had voluntarily been questioned but not accused or wrongdoing.

    Substances seized by police in the search were “vitamin supplements that were perfectly legal, although perhaps unfamiliar to the French authorities,” said Quintana in a statement.

    Marseille prosecutor Dominique Laurens later told Reuters that two people were taken into custody, both of whom were later released.

    Laurens said officers had found “many health products, including drugs and especially a method that can be qualified as doping", which a Reuters source later said included "saline solution" and "injection material".

  5. If it was football, Dave Brailsford would be out - Wiggins

    Dave Brailsford

    Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has suggested that Ineos’ strategy for this year’s event was an error after their challenge ended with their defending champion Egan Bernal being withdrawn after breaking down on the 15th stage with back and knee problems.

    “They backed Bernal because he's their youngest asset and there's a longevity there,” said Wiggins, who won the Tour when Ineos was still Team Sky and went on to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics. “Clearly his back isn't well, they knew that before the Dauphine so it shows you just how invested in his future they are there."

    Wiggins’ fellow-Brits Chris Froome, 35, and 2018 champion Geraint Thomas, 34, were both left off the Ineos squad by team principal Sir Dave Brailsford. “Age isn't on their side and it just shows how cut-throat it is if you can get rid of a four-times winner of the Tour and a British born and bred product of that system in Geraint,” added Wiggins.

    “It's hard to stay on top every year and this year they've just not got it right,” Wiggins told Eurosport. “Had it been football, Dave would be out, I don't know what's happened there.”

  6. How can I watch the Road World Championships?

    All times listed are BST and are subject to change

    BBC Sport

    You can watch live coverage of all four days of the Road World Championship on the BBC Sport website & app and BBC iPlayer.

    Each race will also be available on catch-up afterwards.

    Sunday, 27 September

    08:35-16:30 - Men's road race (uninterrupted), BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sport website & app

    12:00-16:20 - Men's road race, BBC Two

  7. How to get involved in cycling?

    BBC Sport

    What is cycling?

    Road cycling, the most common form of cycling, is simply riding a bike outside for exercise, sport or to get from A to B. Track cycling adds a competitive element and sees riders race around a specialist track at high speeds.

    How do I start?

    Just hop on a bike and you're good to go. British Cycling, Scottish Cycling, Welsh Cycling and Cycle NI have information about clubs and racing tracks, and the Breeze programme for women cyclists offers a range of safe and sociable cycle routes for all abilities. If you don't have access to a bike there are hundreds of bike rental facilities across the UK.

    Is it for me?

    From young children on stabilisers, through to adults going for long countryside rides, cycling is for everyone. Sick of being stuck in traffic? Cycling to work is also one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine. There are also a number of cycling clubs around the UK, where coffee and cake stops are as important as the route you ride!

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    Video caption: 'I'm one in a million' - join the campaign to get more women cycling