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 FlagBelgium26
Italy FlagItaly19
France FlagFrance8
Netherlands FlagNetherlands7
Spain FlagSpain6
Slovakia FlagSlovakia3
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland3
USA FlagUSA3
United Kingdom FlagGreat Britain2
Germany FlagGermany2
Denmark FlagDenmark1
Ireland FlagIreland1
Latvia FlagLatvia1
Australia FlagAustralia1
Norway FlagNorway1
Portugal FlagPortugal1
Poland FlagPoland1

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

Y RIDER COUNTRY LOCATION
1927 Alfredo Binda Italy Flag Italy Nürburgring, Germany
1928 Georges Ronsse Belgium Flag Belgium Budapest, Hungary
1929 Georges Ronsse (2) Belgium Flag Belgium (2) Zürich, Switzerland
1930 Alfredo Binda (2) Italy Flag Italy (2) Liège, Belgium
1931 Learco Guerra Italy Flag Italy (3) Copenhagen, Denmark
1932 Alfredo Binda (3) Italy Flag Italy (4) Rome, Italy
1933 Georges Speicher France Flag France Montlhéry, France
1934 Karel Kaers Belgium Flag Belgium (3) Leipzig, Germany
1935 Jean Aerts Belgium Flag Belgium (4) Floreffe, Belgium
1936 Antonin Magne France Flag France (2) Berne, Switzerland
1937 Eloi Meulenberg Belgium Flag Belgium (5) Copenhagen, Denmark
1938 Marcel Kint Belgium Flag Belgium (6) Valkenburg, Netherlands
1939 NO RACE (SECOND WORLD WAR)
1940 NO RACE (SECOND WORLD WAR)
1941 NO RACE (SECOND WORLD WAR)
1942 NO RACE (SECOND WORLD WAR)
1943 NO RACE (SECOND WORLD WAR)
1944 NO RACE (SECOND WORLD WAR)
1945 NO RACE (SECOND WORLD WAR)
1946 Hans Knecht Switzerland Flag Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland
1947 Theo Middelkamp Netherlands Flag Netherlands Reims, France
1948 Briek Schotte Belgium Flag Belgium (7) Valkenburg, Netherlands
1949 Rik Van Steenbergen Belgium Flag Belgium (8) Copenhagen, Denmark
1950 Briek Schotte (2) Belgium Flag Belgium (9) Moorslede, Belgium
1951 Ferdi Kubler Switzerland Flag Switzerland (2) Varese, Italy
1952 Heinz Muller Germany Flag Germany Luxembourg, Luxembourg
1953 Fausto Coppi Italy Flag Italy (5) Lugano, Switzerland
1954 Louison Bobet France Flag France (3) Solingen, West Germany
1955 Stan Ockers Belgium Flag Belgium (10) Frascati, Italy
1956 Rik Van Steenbergen (2) Belgium Flag Belgium (11) Copenhagen, Denmark
1957 Rik Van Steenbergen (3) Belgium Flag Belgium (12) Waregem, Belgium
1958 Ercole Baldini Italy Flag Italy (6) Reims, France
1959 André Darrigade France Flag France (4) Zandvoort, Netherlands
1960 Rik Van Looy Belgium Flag Belgium (13) Karl Marx Stadt, East Germany
1961 Rik Van Looy (2) Belgium Flag Belgium (14) Berne, Switzerland
1962 Jean Stablinski France Flag France (5) Salò di Garda, Italy
1963 Benoni Beheyt Belgium Flag Belgium (15) Ronse, Belgium
1964 Jan Janssen Netherlands Flag Netherlands (2) Sallanches, France
1965 Tom Simpson United Kingdom Flag Great Britain San Sebastián, Spain
1966 Rudi Altig Germany Flag Germany (2) Nürburgring, West Germany
1967 Eddy Merckx Belgium Flag Belgium (16) Heerlen, Netherlands
1968 Vittorio Adorni Italy Flag Italy (7) Imola, Italy
1969 Harm Ottenbros Netherlands Flag Netherlands (3) Zolder, Belgium
1970 Jean-Pierre Monsere Belgium Flag Belgium (17) Leicester, United Kingdom
1971 Eddy Merckx (2) Belgium Flag Belgium (18) Mendrisio, Switzerland
1972 Marino Basso Italy Flag Italy (8) Gap, France
1973 Felice Gimondi Italy Flag Italy (9) Barcelona, Spain
1974 Eddy Merckx (3) Belgium Flag Belgium (19) Montreal, Canada
1975 Hennie Kuiper Netherlands Flag Netherlands (4) Yvoir, Belgium
1976 Freddy Maertens Belgium Flag Belgium (20) Ostuni, Italy
1977 Francesco Moser Italy Flag Italy (10) San Cristóbal, Venezuela
1978 Gerrie Knetemann Netherlands Flag Netherlands (5) Nürburgring, West Germany
1979 Jan Raas Netherlands Flag Netherlands (6) Valkenburg, Netherlands
1980 Bernard Hinault France Flag France (6) Sallanches, France
1981 Freddy Maertens (2) Belgium Flag Belgium (21) Prague, Czechoslovakia
1982 Giuseppe Saronni Italy Flag Italy (11) Goodwood, United Kingdom
1983 Greg LeMond United States Flag United States Altenrhein, Switzerland
1984 Claude Criquielion Belgium Flag Belgium (22) Barcelona, Spain
1985 Joop Zoetemelk Netherlands Flag Netherlands (7) Giavera del Montello, Italy
1986 Moreno Argentin Italy Flag Italy (12) Colorado Springs, USA
1987 Stephen Roche Ireland Flag Ireland Villach, Austria
1988 Maurizio Fondriest Italy Flag Italy (13) Ronse, Belgium
1989 Greg LeMond (2) United States Flag United States (2) Chambéry, France
1990 Rudy Dhaenens Belgium Flag Belgium (23) Utsunomiya, Japan
1991 Gianni Bugno Italy Flag Italy (14) Stuttgart, Germany
1992 Gianni Bugno (2) Italy Flag Italy (15) Benidorm, Spain
1993 Lance Armstrong United States Flag United States (3) Oslo, Norway
1994 Luc Leblanc France Flag France (7) Agrigento, Italy
1995 Abraham Olano Spain Flag Spain Duitama, Colombia
1996 Johan Museeuw Belgium Flag Belgium (24) Lugano, Switzerland
1997 Laurent Brochard France Flag France (8) San Sebastián, Spain
1998 Oscar Camenzind Switzerland Flag Switzerland (3) Valkenburg, Netherlands
1999 Óscar Freire Spain Flag Spain (2) Verona, Italy
2000 Romans Vainsteins Latvia Flag Latvia Plouay, France
2001 Óscar Freire (2) Spain Flag Spain (3) Lisbon, Portugal
2002 Mario Cipollini Italy Flag Italy (16) Zolder and Hasselt, Belgium
2003 Igor Astarloa Spain Flag Spain (4) Hamilton, Canada
2004 Óscar Freire (3) Spain Flag Spain (5) Verona, Italy
2005 Tom Boonen Belgium Flag Belgium (25) Madrid, Spain
2006 Paolo Bettini Italy Flag Italy (17) Salzburg, Austria
2007 Paolo Bettini (2) Italy Flag Italy (18) Stuttgart, Germany
2008 Alessandro Ballan Italy Flag Italy (19) Varese, Italy
2009 Cadel Evans Australia Flag Australia Mendrisio, Switzerland
2010 Thor Hushovd Norway Flag Norway Melbourne and Geelong, Australia
2011 Mark Cavendish United Kingdom Flag Great Britain (2) Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Philippe Gilbert Belgium Flag Belgium (26) Limburg, Netherlands
2013 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa Portugal Flag Portugal Florence, Italy
2014 Michał Kwiatkowski Poland Flag Poland Ponferrada, Spain
2015 Peter Sagan Slovakia Flag Slovakia Richmond, USA
2016 Peter Sagan (2) Slovakia Flag Slovakia (2) Doha, Qatar
2017 Peter Sagan (3) Slovakia Flag Slovakia (3) Bergen, Norway, Qatar
2018 Alejandro Valverde Spain Flag Spain (6) Innsbruck, Austria
2019 Mads Pedersen Denmark Flag 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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