This weekend the UCI awarded its first ever gravel world championship titles and rainbow jerseys in Veneto, Italy. 19 gravel bike racers can now proudly display and wear the symbol of a reigning UCI World Champion – the rainbow jersey, with its five distinctive and easy to recognize horizontal blue, red, black, yellow and green coloured bands.

On Sunday Gianni Vermeersch, 29, of Belgium became the first Men’s Elite UCI Gravel World Champion after riding the best gravel racers off his wheel and defeating an elite group of world class road riders – who took the top 10 spots. The Alpecin–Deceuninck team rider finished the 194km race in 5:10:41, with Daniel Oss of Italy and Mathieu Van Der Poel of Belgium finishing 44 and 89 seconds behind Vermeersch to claim the silver and bronze medals respectively.

On Saturday in the Pro/Elite Women’s race Pauline Ferrand-Privot of France was the fastest rider on the 140km course and is the world’s first UCI Gravel World Champion. She barely beat Swiss rider Sina Frei in a furious final sprint to the finish line, with Italian Chiara Teocchi earning the bronze medal 10 seconds later.

2022 UCI GRAVEL WORLD CHAMPIONS – WOMEN


SATURDAY 140KM
W PRO/ELITEPauline Ferrand-PrivotFRA4:09:06
W 19-34Sara MazzoranaITA4:30:57
W 35-39Chiara CiuffiniITA4:31:24
W 40-44Jannitta Van Den Brink-SpigtNED4:33:03
W 45-49Cinzia SartoriITA4:40:00
W 50-54Antonella IncristiITA4:33:34
W 55-59Dale MaizelsAUS5:04:55
W 60-64Debra KempeAUS5:53:18
2023 UCI GRAVEL WORLD CHAMPIONS – MEN


SATURDAY 140KM
M 50-54Ibon Zugasti-ArreseESP4:10:54
M 55-59Jan Olav BeitmyrenNOR4:15:46
M 60-64 Dirk ClaesBEL4:19:34
M 65-69Bo DertellSWE4:32:10
M 70-74Regis PinsonFRA4:39:13
M 75-79Robert BraszellAUS6:32:20
SUNDAY 194KM4
M Pro/EliteGianni VermeerschBEL5:10:41
SUNDAY 167KM
M 19-34Kevin PanhuyzenBEL4:40:13
M 35-39Bommel HenningGER4:41:44
M 40-44Igor ZanettiITA4:55:19
M 45-49Joan Sepastian Horrach RipollESP4:59:32

Complete SUNDAY UCI Gravel World Championship race results HERE.

Complete SATURDAY UCI Gravel World Championship race results HERE.

Photos: Sprint Cycling/2022 UCI Gravel World Championships