Favourites for the elite men's road race, UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds

Julian Alaphilippe
Julian Alaphilippe at the 2019 Tour de France, by Département des Yvelines, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

The elite men's road race at the UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds will test the strength and stamina of the competitors over 280km, on roads which are far from flat. The eventual winner may also have to put in a sprint up Parliament Street and onto West Park at the finish in Harrogate.

The World Champion is unlikely to be an out-and-out sprinter, like Mark Cavendish or Dylan Groenewegen. Similarly, the course doesn't favour climbers such as Egan Bernal or Thibaut Pinot.

Yorkshire should prove a profitable hunting ground for a Classics-type rider like Greg van Avermaet or Mathieu van der Poel, or a sprinter-who-can climb such as Peter Sagan or possibly Ben Swift. The route could also suit the most talented sprinter/time triallist/climber/all-rounder riding in 2019: Julian Alaphilippe.