After eleven qualifying gravel races around the world, over 800 amateur cyclists have qualified to attend the first ever UCI Gravel World Championships on 8-9 October in Italy, plus cycling superstar Peter Sagan.
Sagan, a three-time UCI World Road Champion and winner of Paris-Roubaix, confirmed this week his qualification and participation via a wildcard entry in the championship event, which will award the first rainbow jerseys to pro/elite and amateur age-group gravel racers in Veneto, Italy.
Sagan might not be in it to win it though, he told Cycling Weekly that he plans to compete to “give back to the people” that have supported him throughout his lengthy career, including major sponsors Specialized (who sells a lot of gravel bikes) and clothier Sportful.
In fact, the 32-year-old just completed his first gravel races earlier this summer and placed only 16th at the UCI Electric Mountain Bike World Championships in France last month.
Potentially lining up against Sagan in the Elite Men’s category will be fellow Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra, who won the Wish One qualifying race in France, and 50 year-old eternal professional racer Davide Rebellin who qualified at La Monsterato in Italy.
Lists of riders who qualified for the 2022 UCI Gravel World Championships are available HERE.
Photos: UCI Gravel World Championship Veneto