World Championships 2012 / 23 September / Elite Men
The World Championships took place in Limburg in The Netherlands this year and the road race for elite men started on the 23rd of September in Maastricht. They had to ride 267 kilometres to the finish in Vilt and came by Sittard, Geleen, Heerlen and Margraten until they would enter the circuit in Valkenburg and they had to face the famous Cauberg a couple of times.
207 riders were present in the race, but only 123 managed to finish this year. There was a head bunch for a great part of the race, but they did not manage to stay away forever. At the end, countries worked hard to get them back.
Philippe Gilbert (BEL) was one of the favorites for the victory, so it was not a big surprise that he turned out to be the one who left everyone behind him on the final climb, the Cauberg, including riders like Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) and Alejandro Valverde (ESP), who became second and third in Limburg.
Philippe Gilbert is the new World Champion and got to wear the rainbow jersey at the end of the day and bring it home to his native country: Belgium.