The 2018 UCI Road World Championships concluded on Sunday, September 30, 2018, with the elite men’s road race bringing the curtain down on a week of epic racing in Tirol. 275,000 spectators coming from around the world to watch the UCI Road World Championships were having a great time in Tirol. Here’s a look back at all the action from the final event at the 2018 Worlds.
Scenic start: The elite men’s course departed Kufstein, towered by the fortress of the same name.
Thousands of fans cheered up riders at the elite men’s road race in Kufstein.
The world’s best riders were rolling out of Kufstein’s picturesque historic old town border under sunny autumn skies.
Racing first took the riders across Lower Inntal Valley, past grazing cows and farmsteads.
The first key spot and the first climb of the race: Gnadenwald was a sharp introduction at 2.8km and an average of 10.1%.
Fans waving Hungarian flags in Tirol.
The Fan Zone above Ambras Castle.
The fans have packed the roads at the key spot in Aldrans/Igls, the highest elevation along the Olympic Circuit.
Racing took the riders into the testing Olympic Circuit for six laps and seven climbs of Igls.
Fans from Norway
The fast sweeping descent off the climb from Igls down to Innsbruck.
The peloton on the descent to Innsbruck, towered by Bergisel Ski Jump.
Riding next to the Triumphal Arch of Innsbruck.
The city’s natural skyscrapers, craggy Nordkette Mountain Range, are rising high above Innsbruck.
Usually, Innsbruck’s lively main artery, Maria-Theresien-Street, is exclusively open to pedestrians and streetcars.
Riding through Innsbruck’s historic city center, cheered up by spectators from all over the world.
The sun shined in a flawless blue sky above the Alps during almost all of the 12 races.
Riding beneath the “Golden Roof”, the landmark of Innsbruck – the late Gothic oriel is adorned with 2,657 fire-gilt copper tiles.
Crossing the bridge over the Inn River en route to Hötting, the northern district of Innsbruck.
These fans were here for Eritrea.
Welcome to Hell: After completing the final lap of the Olympic Circuit, riders turned off to the savage final climb up Höttinger Gasse.
275,000 enthusiastic spectators watched the elite men’s road race in Tirol.
The fantastic crowd awaited the world’s best riders at “Höll”, which aptly translates to Hell in English.
The final and toughest test of the day: The savage final climb to “Höll”.
Fans were up watching the race via live stream along the course.
The most daunting feature for those gunning for the rainbow jersey was the 3.2-kilometer long “Höll” climb, averaging 11.5% but maxing out at a ridiculous 28%.
The leaders heading into the foot of the dreaded “Höll” climb, cheered up by legendary Didi Senft, the Tour Devil, and devilish creatures from Tirol called “Krampus”.
Alejandro Valverde won a dramatic sprint finish to end his long wait for victory in the elite men’s World Championship road race in Innsbruck.
The veteran finally made the top step of the podium: The 38-year-old Spaniard was crowned World Road Race Champion on Sunday.