2016 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

Men's road race
2016 UCI Road World Championships
Rainbow jersey
Race details
Date 16 October 2016
Distance 257.3 km (159.9 mi)
Winning time 5h 40' 43"[1]
 Gold  Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
 Silver  Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
 Bronze  Tom Boonen (Belgium)
2016 UCI Road World Championships

Participating nations
Elite events
List of elite cyclists
Elite road race   men   women
Elite time trial   men   women
Elite team time trial   men   women
Under-23 events
List of under-23 cyclists
Under-23 road race   men  
Under-23 time trial   men  
Junior events
List of junior cyclists
Junior road race   men   women
Junior time trial   men   women

The Men's road race of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships was a cycling event that took place on 16 October 2016 in Doha, Qatar. It was the 83rd edition of the championship, and Slovakia's Peter Sagan was the defending champion.

Sagan became the first rider since Paolo Bettini in 2006 and 2007 to retain the rainbow jersey,[2] after winning the sprint finish from a select group of riders that had made a break from the rest of the field in the opening half of the race,[3] in the desert crosswinds.[4] The silver medal went to 2011 world champion Mark Cavendish from Great Britain, a bike length in arrears of Sagan,[5] with the bronze medal going to Belgium's Tom Boonen, the 2005 world champion.[6] It was the first time that all three medallists were previous world title winners.


The race was due to start and finish in the capital city of Doha, the home base for the Tour of Qatar. The route for the Worlds road races was presented in February 2015, which was made up of a loop of 80 kilometres (50 miles) through the desert and a finishing circuit in Doha city centre, including 1.2 kilometres (0.75 miles) of cobblestones.[7] The finishing circuit of 15.2 kilometres (9.4 miles) on The Pearl-Qatar was used for a stage of February's Tour of Qatar: riders noted that the course was highly technical, going through 24 roundabouts, with stage winner Alexander Kristoff comparing it to a criterium. However it was also noted that the lack of long straight sections meant that the effect of the crosswinds frequently occurring in Qatar would be significantly lessened, reducing the race's unpredictability.[8]

Subsequently in August 2016 it was reported that the UCI had made changes to the course, increasing the amount of riding through the desert to 151 kilometres (94 miles) and reducing the number of laps of the finishing circuit from eleven down to seven. The start of the men's race was also moved to the Aspire Zone, with the riders heading out northwards towards Al Khor and returning to Doha.[9]


Qualification was based on performances on the UCI run tours and UCI World Ranking during 2016. Results from January to the middle of August counted towards the qualification criteria on both the UCI World Ranking and the UCI Continental Circuits across the world, with the rankings being determined upon the release of the numerous rankings on 22 August 2016.[10][11]

The following nations qualified.

Number of riders Nations
14 to enter, 9 to start  Australia,  Belgium,  Colombia,  France,  Great Britain,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Norway,  Spain,   Switzerland
9 to enter, 6 to start  Canada,  Czech Republic,  Denmark,  Eritrea,  Germany,  Iran,  Poland,  Russia,  Ukraine,  United States
5 to enter, 3 to start  Algeria,  Argentina,  Austria,  Belarus,  Chile,  Estonia,  Ireland,  Japan,  Kazakhstan,  Lithuania,  Luxembourg,  Morocco,  New Zealand,  Portugal,  Slovakia,  Slovenia,  South Africa,  South Korea,  Venezuela
3 to enter, 2 to start  Bulgaria,  Costa Rica,  Croatia,  Ecuador,  Hong Kong,  Latvia
2 to enter, 1 to start  Azerbaijan,  Chinese Taipei,  Ethiopia,  Finland,  Greece,  Guatemala,  Mexico,  Mongolia,  Romania,  Rwanda,  Sweden,  Tunisia,  Turkey,  Uruguay


All times are in Arabia Standard Time (UTC+03:00).[12]

Date Time Event
16 October 2016 10:30–16:35 Men's road race

Participating nations

199 cyclists from 48 nations were entered in the men's road race, with 197 riders taking the start. The numbers of cyclists per nation are shown in parentheses.[13]

  •  Algeria (3)
  •  Argentina (3)
  •  Australia (9)
  •  Austria (2)
  •  Azerbaijan (1)
  •  Belarus (3)
  •  Belgium (9)
  •  Canada (6)
  •  Colombia (7)
  •  Czech Republic (6)
  •  Denmark (6)
  •  Eritrea (6)
  •  Estonia (3)
  •  Ethiopia (1)
  •  Finland (1)
  •  France (9)
  •  Germany (6)
  •  Great Britain (9)
  •  Greece (1)
  •  Hong Kong (1)
  •  Ireland (3)
  •  Italy (9)
  •  Japan (2)
  •  Kazakhstan (3)
  •  Latvia (2)
  •  Lithuania (3)
  •  Luxembourg (2)
  •  Mexico (1)
  •  Mongolia (1)
  •  Morocco (3)
  •  Netherlands (9)
  •  New Zealand (2)
  •  Norway (9)
  •  Poland (6)
  •  Portugal (3)
  •  Romania (1)
  •  Russia (6)
  •  Rwanda (1)
  •  Slovakia (3)
  •  Slovenia (3)
  •  South Africa (3)
  •  Spain (9)
  •  Sweden (1)
  •   Switzerland (8)
  •  Tunisia (1)
  •  Ukraine (6)
  •  United States (6)
  •  Uruguay (1)


Final classification

Of the race's 199 entrants, 53 riders completed the full distance of 257.3 km (159.9 mi).[1]

Rank Rider Country Time
1 Peter Sagan  Slovakia 5h 40' 43"
2 Mark Cavendish  Great Britain s.t.
3 Tom Boonen  Belgium s.t.
4 Michael Matthews  Australia s.t.
5 Giacomo Nizzolo  Italy s.t.
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen  Norway s.t.
7 Alexander Kristoff  Norway s.t.
8 William Bonnet  France s.t.
9 Niki Terpstra  Netherlands s.t.
10 Greg Van Avermaet  Belgium s.t.
11 Jacopo Guarnieri  Italy s.t.
12 Adam Blythe  Great Britain s.t.
13 Natnael Berhane  Eritrea + 4"
14 Jürgen Roelandts  Belgium + 9"
15 Ryan Roth  Canada + 9"
16 Truls Engen Korsæth  Norway + 9"
17 Tom Leezer  Netherlands + 9"
18 Nicolas Dougall  South Africa + 9"
19 Michael Kolář  Slovakia + 13"
20 Elia Viviani  Italy + 14"
21 Mathew Hayman  Australia + 21"
22 Anass Aït El Abdia  Morocco + 2' 48"
23 Oliver Naesen  Belgium + 4' 00"
24 Jasper Stuyven  Belgium + 4' 00"
25 Daniele Bennati  Italy + 4' 00"
26 Alexander Porsev  Russia + 5' 26"
27 Aidis Kruopis  Lithuania + 5' 26"
28 Maximiliano Richeze  Argentina + 5' 26"
29 Magnus Cort  Denmark + 5' 26"
30 Sven Erik Bystrøm  Norway + 5' 26"
31 Yauheni Hutarovich  Belarus + 5' 26"
32 Nacer Bouhanni  France + 5' 26"
33 Imanol Erviti  Spain + 5' 26"
34 Marco Haller  Austria + 5' 26"
35 Yukiya Arashiro  Japan + 5' 26"
36 Michael Schär   Switzerland + 5' 26"
37 Dylan Groenewegen  Netherlands + 5' 26"
38 Stefan Küng   Switzerland + 5' 26"
39 Juraj Sagan  Slovakia + 5' 26"
40 Maciej Bodnar  Poland + 5' 26"
41 Iljo Keisse  Belgium + 5' 26"
42 André Greipel  Germany + 5' 26"
43 Taylor Phinney  United States + 5' 26"
44 Koen de Kort  Netherlands + 5' 26"
45 Zdeněk Štybar  Czech Republic + 5' 26"
46 Manuel Quinziato  Italy + 5' 26"
47 Jens Debusschere  Belgium + 5' 26"
48 Dylan van Baarle  Netherlands + 5' 26"
49 Ben Swift  Great Britain + 5' 26"
50 Mitchell Docker  Australia + 5' 26"
51 Zak Dempster  Australia + 5' 33"
52 Scott Thwaites  Great Britain + 5' 33"
53 Robin Carpenter  United States + 6' 03"

Failed to finish

144 riders failed to finish, while Colombia's Rigoberto Urán and Norway's Vegard Breen failed to start.[1]

Rider Country
Jens Keukeleire  Belgium
Mauro Richeze  Argentina
Mekseb Debesay  Eritrea
Ryan Mullen  Ireland
Marc Sarreau  France
Arnaud Démare  France
Hugo Houle  Canada
Gediminas Bagdonas  Lithuania
Dmitriy Gruzdev  Kazakhstan
David de la Cruz  Spain
Jack Bauer  New Zealand
Francisco Ventoso  Spain
Luis Ángel Maté  Spain
Reto Hollenstein   Switzerland
Alexey Lutsenko  Kazakhstan
Youcef Reguigui  Algeria
Fumiyuki Beppu  Japan
Nikolas Maes  Belgium
Joey Rosskopf  United States
Fabian Lienhard   Switzerland
Carlos Barbero  Spain
Omar Fraile  Spain
Bernhard Eisel  Austria
Dion Smith  New Zealand
Matt Brammeier  Ireland
Łukasz Wiśniowski  Poland
Antoine Duchesne  Canada
Vegard Stake Laengen  Norway
Daniel Hoelgaard  Norway
Michael Mørkøv  Denmark
Lars Bak  Denmark
Guillaume Boivin  Canada
Jos van Emden  Netherlands
Matti Breschel  Denmark
Christopher Juul-Jensen  Denmark
John Degenkolb  Germany
Vyacheslav Kuznetsov  Russia
Marcel Kittel  Germany
Sonny Colbrelli  Italy
Jasha Sütterlin  Germany
Jempy Drucker  Luxembourg
Christophe Laporte  France
Nelson Oliveira  Portugal
Tony Martin  Germany
Grégory Rast   Switzerland
Bob Jungels  Luxembourg
Nils Politt  Germany
Sam Bennett  Ireland

Rider Country
Heinrich Haussler  Australia
Sergiy Lagkuti  Ukraine
Søren Kragh Andersen  Denmark
Soufiane Haddi  Morocco
Azzedine Lagab  Algeria
Alexey Vermeulen  United States
Chad Haga  United States
Clint Hendricks  South Africa
Ryan Gibbons  South Africa
Daniel Turek  Czech Republic
Andriy Vasylyuk  Ukraine
Mihkel Räim  Estonia
Vitaliy Buts  Ukraine
Edwin Ávila  Colombia
Omar Mendoza  Colombia
Ian Stannard  Great Britain
Maksym Averin  Azerbaijan
Łukasz Owsian  Poland
Maciej Paterski  Poland
Matti Manninen  Finland
Geraint Thomas  Great Britain
Danny van Poppel  Netherlands
Mark Renshaw  Australia
Adrian Banaszek  Poland
Steve Cummings  Great Britain
Sebastian Langeveld  Netherlands
Luka Pibernik  Slovenia
Jiří Polnický  Czech Republic
Tom Dumoulin  Netherlands
Fabio Sabatini  Italy
Carlos Alzate  Colombia
Adam de Vos  Canada
Brayan Ramírez  Colombia
Ruslan Tleubayev  Kazakhstan
Daniel Oss  Italy
Andžs Flaksis  Latvia
Yoann Offredo  France
Ioannis Tamouridis  Greece
Cyril Lemoine  France
Anton Vorobyev  Russia
Karol Domagalski  Poland
Maxim Belkov  Russia
Fabricio Ferrari  Uruguay
Silvan Dillier   Switzerland
Sergey Lagutin  Russia
Andrei Nechita  Romania
Martin Elmiger   Switzerland
Pirmin Lang   Switzerland

Rider Country
Juan José Lobato  Spain
Kristoffer Skjerping  Norway
Diego Rubio  Spain
Andriy Kulyk  Ukraine
Jonathan Castroviejo  Spain
Ramūnas Navardauskas  Lithuania
Luke Rowe  Great Britain
Fernando Gaviria  Colombia
Walter Vargas  Colombia
Daniel McLay  Great Britain
Adrien Petit  France
Geoffrey Soupe  France
Luke Durbridge  Australia
Caleb Ewan  Australia
Steele Von Hoff  Australia
Matteo Trentin  Italy
Sondre Holst Enger  Norway
Roman Maikin  Russia
Eric Marcotte  United States
Vojtěch Hačecký  Czech Republic
Alois Kaňkovský  Czech Republic
František Sisr  Czech Republic
Andrii Bratashchuk  Ukraine
Mykhaylo Kononenko  Ukraine
José Goncalves  Portugal
Sérgio Paulinho  Portugal
Grega Bole  Slovenia
Luka Mezgec  Slovenia
Metkel Eyob  Eritrea
Daniel Teklehaimanot  Eritrea
Tesfom Okubamariam  Eritrea
Meron Teshome  Eritrea
Alo Jakin  Estonia
Gert Jõeäär  Estonia
Salah Eddine Mraouni  Morocco
Abderrahmane Mehdi Hamza  Algeria
Ryan Anderson  Canada
Siarhei Papok  Belarus
Kanstantsin Sivtsov  Belarus
Francisco Chamorro  Argentina
Māris Bogdanovičs  Latvia
Ho Burr  Hong Kong
Bonaventure Uwizeyimana  Rwanda
René Corella  Mexico
Hassen Ben Nasser  Tunisia
Tedros Redae  Ethiopia
Jonas Ahlstrand  Sweden
Myagmarsuren Baasankhuu  Mongolia


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