The 2021 Road Cycling World Championships will begin this Sunday, on the 19th of September with the men’s time trial event. The race is held in Belgium at a 43km distance with all top-time trial specialists taking part in it. From the defending world champion Filippo Ganna to the local favorites, Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel. Who can all win the title according to the 2021 UCI Road World Championships odds?
The first UCI Road World Championships was held 100 years ago, in 1921 but with only one race then. In the last few decades, the race has increased to a one-week event, with different categories racing on each day. The men’s elite time trial event was introduced in 1994 along with the women’s event. German Tony Martin and Swiss Fabio Cancellara have the most wins with four gold medals, but Australian riders are also doing usually well. French Jeannie Longo also got four wins in the women’s event, while Dutch riders won the event in the last few years. The men’s time trial will be held first this Sunday between Knokke-Heist and Bruges in a distance of 43,3km. The women’s event follows on Monday at a slightly shorter distance.
2021 UCI Road World Championships Odds Favor Ganna And Kung in the Men’s Race
Filippo Ganna is the defending time trial world champion but he was beaten a few times this season. Including last weekend’s European Championships where he was only second behind Swiss Stefan Kung. Still, online sportsbooks in Belgium offer the smallest odds, 2.62 for Ganna’s victory in their 2021 UCI Road World Championships odds. This is understandable as the Italian won the two individual time trial stages at this year’s Giro d’Italia. He finished fifth at the Olympics. And he also won the gold medal in the team pursuit in track cycling with a new world record.
But Stefan Kung defeated Ganna on home soil last weekend which makes the Swiss his biggest rival. Kung got the bronze medal in last year’s world championships but has the odds of 3.00 to win now. He won the 2021 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and the time trial stage at this year’s Tour de Suisse. Kung also finished ahead of Ganna in the Olympic time trial event in fourth place but still missed the podium. But the five-time time trial Swiss champion can follow the examples of former top Swiss world champions, Fabio Cancellara and Alex Zulle with a victory now.
The Belgian Favorites and Other Top Contenders in 2021 UCI Road World Championships Odds
Belgian fans will be hoping for a local victory though from either Remco Evenepoel or Wout Van Aert. Evenepoel is in top form after winning the bronze in Trentin last week and the silver in the road race. He also got the overall titles at the 2021 Tour of Belgium and the 2021 Danmark Rundt. While Van Aert has been unbelievable all season winning one-day classics, three stages in this year’s Tour de France, and the silver medal in the Olympic road race. He is in top form as well after winning the 2021 Tour of Britain last weekend on the last stage with a great sprint finish. Now online gambling sites in Belgium offer the odds of 3.75 and 5.00 for their victory.
Danish Kasper Asgreen can also get a good result on Sunday. He won the Tour of Flanders and the E3 Saxo Bank Classic this year. But Asgreen only finished 7th in the European Championship last Sunday. The Danish champion’s odds to win the gold now are 26.00 on bet365. Even his odds are worse, 67.00 to win the race, we also have to mention the two-time Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar. The Slovenian will represent his country in the absence of the Olympic champion, Primoz Roglic. And after his great results this year like winning the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Slovenia, he can also race for the gold this weekend.