The UCI Road World Championships are the annual world championships for bicycle road racing organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

The first professional world championship took place on July 1927 at the Nürburgring in Germany, where legendary Italian Alfredo Binda won the professional men’s race.

In fact, the first world championships took place in 1921, but it was contested as the Men’s Road Race for Amateurs.

The current UCI world champion (2019) is Mads Pedersen of Denmark.

Alfredo Binda
The first UCI Elite Men Road Race World Champion: Alfredo Binda (Italy) – 1927

Total Numbers of UCI Elite Men Road Race World Champions by country:

Belgium Flag
Belgium: 26
Italy Flag
Italy: 19
France Flag
France: 8
Netherlands Flag
Netherlands: 7
Spain Flag
Spain: 6
Slovakia Flag
Slovakia: 3
Switzerland Flag
Switzerland: 3
United States of America Flag
USA: 3
United Kingdom Flag
Great Britain: 2
Germany Flag
Germany: 2
Denmark Flag
Denmark: 1
Ireland Flag
Ireland: 1
Latvia Flag
Latvia: 1
Australia Flag
Australia: 1
Norway Flag
Norway: 1
Portugal Flag
Portugal: 1
Poland Flag
Poland: 1

Complete List of UCI Elite Men Road Race World Champions in Historical Order

Year, Rider, Country, Race Location

1927, Alfredo Binda, Italy, Nürburgring (Germany)
1928, Georges Ronsse, Belgium, Budapest (Hungary)
1929, Georges Ronsse (2), Belgium (2), Zürich (Switzerland)

1930, Alfredo Binda (2), Italy (2), Liège (Belgium)
1931, Learco Guerra, Italy (3), Copenhagen (Denmark)
1932, Alfredo Binda (3), Italy (4), Rome (Italy)
1933, Georges Speicher, France, Montlhéry (France)
1934, Karel Kaers, Belgium (3), Leipzig (Germany)
1935, Jean Aerts, Belgium (4), Floreffe (Belgium)
1936, Antonin Magne, France (2), Berne (Switzerland)
1937, Eloi Meulenberg, Belgium (5), Copenhagen (Denmark)
1938, Marcel Kint, Belgium (6), Valkenburg (Netherlands)

1946, Hans Knecht, Switzerland, Zürich(Switzerland)
1947, Theo Middelkamp, Netherlands, Reims (France)
1948, Briek Schotte, Belgium (7), Valkenburg (Netherlands)
1949, Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgium (8), Copenhagen (Denmark)

1950, Briek Schotte (2), Belgium (9), Moorslede (Belgium)
1951, Ferdi Kübler, Switzerland (2), Varese (Italy)
1952, Heinz Müller, Germany, Luxembourg
1953, Fausto Coppi, Italy (5), Lugano (Switzerland)
1954, Louison Bobet, France (3), Solingen (West Germany)
1955, Stan Ockers, Belgium (10), Frascati (Italy)
1956, Rik Van Steenbergen (2), Belgium (11), Copenhagen (Denmark)
1957, Rik Van Steenbergen (3), Belgium (12), Waregem (Belgium)
1958, Ercole Baldini, Italy (6), Reims (France)
1959, André Darrigade, France (4), Zandvoort (Netherlands)

1960, Rik Van Looy, Belgium (13), Karl Marx Stadt (East Germany)
1961, Rik Van Looy (2), Belgium (14), Berne (Switzerland)
1962, Jean Stablinski, France (5), Salò di Garda (Italy)
1963, Benoni Beheyt, Belgium (15), Ronse (Belgium)
1964, Jan Janssen, Netherlands (2), Sallanches (France)
1965, Tom Simpson, Great Britain, San Sebastián (Spain)
1966, Rudi Altig, Germany (2), Nürburgring (West Germany)
1967, Eddy Merckx, Belgium (16), Heerlen (Netherlands)
1968, Vittorio Adorni, Italy (7), Imola (Italy)
1969, Harm Ottenbros, Netherlands (3), Zolder (Belgium)

1970, Jean-Pierre Monsere, Belgium (17), Leicester (United Kingdom)
1971, Eddy Merckx (2), Belgium (18), Mendrisio (Switzerland)
1972, Marino Basso, Italy (8), Gap (France)
1973, Felice Gimondi, Italy (9), Barcelona (Spain)
1974, Eddy Merckx (3), Belgium (19), Montreal (Canada)
1975, Hennie Kuiper, Netherlands (4), Yvoir (Belgium)
1976, Freddy Maertens, Belgium (20), Ostuni (Italy)
1977, Francesco Moser, Italy (10), San Cristóbal (Venezuela)
1978, Gerrie Knetemann, Netherlands (5), Nürburgring (West Germany)
1979, Jan Raas, Netherlands (6), Valkenburg (Netherlands)

1980, Bernard Hinault, France (6), Sallanches (France)
1981, Freddy Maertens (2), Belgium (21), Prague (Czechoslovakia)
1982, Giuseppe Saronni, Italy (11), Goodwood (United Kingdom)
1983, Greg LeMond, United States, Altenrhein (Switzerland)
1984, Claude Criquielion, Belgium (22), Barcelona (Spain)
1985, Joop Zoetemelk, Netherlands (7), Giavera del Montello (Italy)
1986, Moreno Argentin, Italy (12), Colorado Springs (United States)
1987, Stephen Roche, Ireland, Villach (Austria)
1988, Maurizio Fondriest, Italy (13), Ronse (Belgium)
1989, Greg LeMond (2), United States (2), Chambéry (France)

1990, Rudy Dhaenens, Belgium (23), Utsunomiya (Japan)
1991, Gianni Bugno, Italy (14), Stuttgart (Germany)
1992, Gianni Bugno (2), Italy (15), Benidorm (Spain)
1993, Lance Armstrong, United States (3), Oslo (Norway)
1994, Luc Leblanc, France (7), Agrigento (Italy)
1995, Abraham Olano, Spain, Duitama (Colombia)
1996, Johan Museeuw, Belgium (24), Lugano (Switzerland)
1997, Laurent Brochard, France (8), San Sebastián (Spain)
1998, Oscar Camenzind, Switzerland (3), Valkenburg (Netherlands)
1999, Óscar Freire, Spain (2), Verona (Italy)

2000, Romans Vainsteins, Latvia, Plouay (France)
2001, Óscar Freire (2), Spain (3), Lisbon (Portugal)
2002, Mario Cipollini, Italy (16), Zolder and Hasselt (Belgium)
2003, Igor Astarloa, Spain (4), Hamilton (Canada)
2004, Óscar Freire (3), Spain (5), Verona (Italy)
2005, Tom Boonen, Belgium (25), Madrid (Spain)
2006, Paolo Bettini, Italy (17), Salzburg (Austria)
2007, Paolo Bettini (2), Italy (18), Stuttgart (Germany)
2008, Alessandro Ballan, Italy (19), Varese (Italy)
2009, Cadel Evans, Australia, Mendrisio (Switzerland)

2010, Thor Hushovd, Norway, Melbourne and Geelong (Australia)
2011, Mark Cavendish, Great Britain (2), Copenhagen (Denmark)
2012, Philippe Gilbert, Belgium (26), Limburg (Netherlands)
2013, Rui Alberto Faria da Costa, Portugal, Florence (Italy)
2014, Michał Kwiatkowski, Poland, Ponferrada (Spain)
2015, Peter Sagan, Slovakia, Richmond (United States)
2016, Peter Sagan (2), Slovakia (2), Doha (Qatar)
2017, Peter Sagan (3), Slovakia (3), Bergen (Norway)
2018, Alejandro Valverde, Spain (6), Innsbruck (Austria)
2019, Mads Pedersen, Denmark, Yorkshire (United Kingdom)

A mural in Castellania, Italy. Fausto Coppi and his younger brother Serse Coppi. “Il Campionissimo” is depicted in the Cycling World Champion’s rainbow jersey. In fact, Fausto became the World Champion in 1953, two years after his brother’s death. Serse Coppi was born in Castellania on 9 March 1923. His greatest victory was 1949 Paris-Roubaix, when he was placed equal winner with André Mahé after controversy. Serse died on 29 June 1951 after crashing in the final sprint of the Giro del Piemonte, when his wheel was caught in the tracks of the Turin tramway. He was 28. Image: Wikipedia

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