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An unbelievable day of racing was finished off by last year's World champion, France's Julian Alaphilippe to double up and take the rainbow jersey for the second year in a row. Dylan van Baarle (Netherlands) was second and Michael Valgren (Denmark) third. Belgium zero.
It's hard to keep track of the events that Ed Hood has attended - easier to count those he has missed. His first Worlds for PEZ was in Salzburg back in 2006, no team time trial in those days, but Ed was there for all the other road action, here is his stroll down memory lane.
An exciting finalé of attacks and counter-attacks came down to a sprint from a select group. The Italian team took control in the last kilometre to put Elisa Balsamo over the line first ahead of Marianne Vos. Poland's Katarzyna Niewiadoma took the bronze medal.
With the World championship road race and Paris-Roubaix in the next week, John Thomson has put together another BIG photo gallery for our pleasure. Belgium and France - Hot beds of cycling, cobbles, fashion and beer, with a bit of Italian Strade Bianche style thrown in.
The World championship road race is one of the hardest races to predict, and this year is even more difficult due to the course and the amount of top men on the start line in Antwerp. The bookmakers have their ideas who will cross the line first in Leuven. Spencer Martin takes a closer look at the odds.
The biggest one-day race on the calendar, the World Championships are in Flanders this Sunday and the Men's Elite Road Race has one of the strongest fields on a tough course of Flemish ramps. Ed Hood gives us his thought on the 'Rainbow Race'.
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The biggest race in the World is this Sunday in Belgium, to be exact; Flanders. Californian, Eamon Lucas is based in Brugge and rides (and wins) kermis races, the backbone of the Belgian cycling scene. Ed Hood caught up with Eamon to talk of the 'Heartland' of cycle-sport.