2017 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race
The Men's road race
of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships
was a cycling event that took place on 24 September 2017 in Bergen
. It was the 84th edition of the championship, and Slovakia
's Peter Sagan
was the two times defending champion.
After a late move from France's Julian Alaphilippe
was brought back within the final kilometres, Sagan outsprinted his rivals to win a third consecutive world title, the first male rider to do so. As well as this, he became the fifth man – after Alfredo Binda
, Rik Van Steenbergen
, Eddy Merckx
and Óscar Freire
– to win three elite road world championship titles. European champion Alexander Kristoff
from Norway took the silver medal, while the bronze medal went to Australian Michael Matthews
The race started in Rong
and traversed 39.5 km before reaching the finishing circuit in Bergen. After a further 17.9 km, the riders crossed the finish line on the Festplassen
for the first time, with the riders completing eleven full laps of the circuit 19.1 km in length. The main feature of the circuit was the climb of Salmon Hill, about 7 km into the lap; the climb was 1.5 km long at an average gradient of 6.4%. At 267.5 km, the 2017 men's road race was the longest in the championships since 272.26 km were covered in 2013
Qualification were based on performances on the UCI World Ranking
on August 15, 2017.
UCI World Rankings
The following nations qualified.
, , , , , , , , , and have chosen not to use (all of their) quota places. , , , , , and have received additional quota places.
196 cyclists from 44 nations were entered in the men's road race, however Irish representative Damien Shaw
did not start the race. The number of cyclists per nation is shown in parentheses.
Of the race's 196 entrants, 132 riders completed the full distance of 267.5 km.