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UCI Gravel World Championships 2023, October 7-8, Italy

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PS: Mostly copied the description from last year.
Didn't really know where I should post this, or if at all. There are MTB and cyclo-cross sections of the forum, but it doesn't belong there as well. In a way it's closer to road racing and something like Strade Bianche one day races.

So mostly I created this thread:
  • because so many road cyclists are taking part in the world champs races
  • and because it will be broadcast on Eruosport/GCN, so there will be actual coverage of the race (but only the men's race sadly)
So with that said, let's see if this year is any more exciting that last year.

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Men’s favourites​

Defending champion Gianni Vermeersch is certainly not the favourite to repeat his title in 2023. Wout van Aert, Alejandro Valverde and Matej Mohorič are no doubt better set for some rainbows here, and they’ll be joined by a host of talented riders including Florian Vermeersch, Ivan García Cortína, Quinten Hermans, Connor Swift and over 200 others (full start lists below).
Valverde thinks he’s got it in the bag, but firstly it might not even be hilly enough for him, secondly anything can happen, thirdly hello it’s Wout van Aert, and fourthly Quinten Hermans could very well be on the top step of the podium on Sunday.
The biggest name in gravel, Keegan Swenson, is due to race (although curiously isn’t on the start list the UCI has released) and will be hoping to show just how strong he is. He’s dominated almost every race he’s done for the past few seasons and there was interest in him from WorldTour teams last winter, if she’s shows well against this field of strong road racers then a road contract will certainly be on the table. Whether he’d take it is another matter. He’s not the only gravel pro racing, with former Jumbo rider Alexey Vermuelen the best of the rest.

Women’s favourites​

The winner of this year’s Unbound Gravel Carolin Schiff and the leader of the Life Time Grand Prix gravel series Sofia Gomez Villafañe are the two headline names from the gravel world but it’ll be a tough. Even with reigning champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot out with Covid, they’re up against Tour de France winner Demi Vollering, newly crowned European Champion Lorena Wiebes, Italian cyclocross racer and road puncheur Silvia Persico, Tour de France third place and overall machine Kasia Niewiadoma, her Canyon-SRAM teammate and gravel racer Tiffany Cromwell, the list goes on. It’s a stacked race.
The steep climb won’t favour Wiebes considering the talent around her, so it’d be fair to say the main favourites are Ferrand-Prévot, Vollering, Niewiadoma and Persico, and among those four you’d be brave to bet against Vollering, but you’d also be brave to bet against Ferrand-Prévot. For that reason, put your money on Persico to win it at home.

More info:

Live video stream available on Eurosport/GCN (sadly only the men's race):

Event site:
 

UCI statement on the UCI Gravel World Championships (women's live coverage)​


L’Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has been informed by the Local Organising Committee of the 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships in Veneto (Italy) that today's Women Elite race will not be broadcasted live due to no TV production.

The UCI regrets this decision and invites all fans to follow the race live on social media. Fans will also be able to follow the race via the riders' lap times by clicking here. A summary of the race will be posted online as soon as possible, and numerous highlights of the competition will be broadcasted during the Men Elite race on Sunday.

As of the next edition of the UCI Gravel World Championships, UCI will make it mandatory for event organisers to provide TV production for both the Men Elite and the Women Elite races.
 
I agree. Hindley only finished second when he rode it, and almost-3-years-into-retirement Cadel Evans lost by over 14 minutes to Nibali.
I heard a lot of rumours that cadel evens rode very hard for his first 3 years of retirement to maintain peak form for events like Taiwan kom challenge. Don't know how true they are though.

Anyway he couldn't cope with the superior racing intelligence of Nibali, he explained his tactical genius after the finish: "I waited until the final 10 kilometres to attack when I saw the other riders tired and suffering.' Again vincenzo masterclass that day
 
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I heard a lot of rumours that cadel evens rode very hard for his first 3 years of retirement to maintain peak form for events like Taiwan kom challenge. Don't know how true they are though.

Anyway he couldn't cope with the superior racing intelligence of Nibali, he explained his tactical genius after the finish: "I waited until the final 10 kilometres to attack when I saw the other riders tired and suffering.' Again vincenzo masterclass that day

Where did you hear that rumour Ilmastro98?