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Abu Dhabi to host 2028 road world championships

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At the UCI congress, held before the 2023 World Championships in Glasgow, the UCI confirmed the destination of the 2028 championships. The United Arab Emirates will host the races in 5 years’ time and the track world championships in 2029 as well. It marks the second time the world championships will be held in the Middle East after the initial race in Doha, Qatar back in 2016. That year Peter Sagan and Amalie Dideriksen won the road races, with Amber Neben and Tony Martin winning the time trials.

“Cycling is now experiencing unprecedented growth in all areas, from competition to cycling for all, including areas such as integrity and sustainable development,” UCI President David Lappartient said. Eight countries in four continents have been awarded hosting rights for 14 events through to 2029, the UCI said in a statement following its congress in Glasgow.

The 2024 road world championships will be in Zurich, Switzerland before heading to Rwanda in 2025. The race then heads to North America in 2026 with a visit to Montreal before returning to Europe and the Haute-Savoie region of France in 2027.