Everything is ready in Australia to host the world championship: first it’s the blue with Fidanza and Guazzini, then the trio formed by Affini, Sobrero and the reigning world champion

    Here we are. The World Cycling Championships will kick off tonight in Wollongong, Australia. The two elite time trials are on the agenda right away, with Italy already dreaming of getting on the top step of the podium. Starting at 1.35 am it will be the first women’s turn, with the blue Arianna Fidanza and Vittoria Guazzini, European time trial vice-champion; to follow (from 5.40) the men with the trio formed by Domenico Affini, Matteo Sobrero and Filippo Ganna, reigning champion of the last two editions. Follow the live broadcast on Gazzetta.it


    Among women, apart from the possible Swiss outsider Marlen Reusser, the domination of the Dutch is expected, starting with the outgoing world champion Ellen Van Dijk and the eternal Van Vleuten (gold in 2017 and 2018). For the first time the U23 world title is awarded. These are the departure times of the 51 athletes on the 34.2 km course: 1h47 Bauerfeind (Ger), 1h57.30 Fidanza, 2h56.30 Van Vleuten (Ola), 3h25.30 Guazzini, 3h43.30 Reusser (Svi), 3h45 Van Dijk.


    As for men, Remco Evenepoel is certainly the most dangerous opponent for our Filippo Ganna. Also watch out for Stefan Bissegger and Stefan Küng – who left Ganna behind at the recent European Championships in Munich – and the Belgian Yves Lampaert, who blew the yellow jersey to the blue in the prologue of this year’s Tour. The timetables of the 51 starters: 5h42 Bonello (Mal), 5h54 Affini, 6h43 Lampaert (Bel), 6h44.30, 6h47.30 Sobrero, 8h15 Kung (Svi), 8h16.30 Pogacar (Slo), 8h18 Evenepoel (Bel), 8h19.30 Ganna.