That’s a video of the World Championship circuit in Rudersal near Copenhagen. Note the on-screen altitude profile so if you are pressed for time, fast forward to the hills.
Yes, the hills. When you see the rises en route they are certainly not big. But the Worlds is all about repetition and attrition. They’ll do 17 laps and by the last three laps I suspect the bunch will be thinned down. As much as everyone says this is a course for sprinters, it is clearly hillier than Zolder, perhaps the last true Worlds finish for sprinters in 2002. The course could suit the likes of Philippe Gilbert and Robert Gesink.
For me the uphill finish looks interesting to say the least. It is a long climb for a sprinter. Thor Hushovd and Peter Sagan could be happy. It’s only a Youtube video – indeed does the camera exaggerate the profile? – but having seen this, the odds on the course suiting Mark Cavendish shrink a little. Although the moment you forget Cavendish is the moment he pops up to win.
“We heard in June that it was a sprinters’ race, but when I saw the course I was quite surprised how hard it was, one for the climbers. We then saw how the under-23 riders were racing and we thought, maybe it is a sprinters’ course.”
That’s Thor Hushovd on the Geelong course last year, quoted by Cycling Weekly. When people say Copenhagen is for sprinters, be warned. The course could provide for surprises. Don’t tune in for the last five minutes in anticipation of a bunch sprint.
Thanks to reader Martijn Hendriks for bringing the video to my attention.