Eight riders from Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team will wear their national team colours on Saturday to line up for the World Championships Road Race in Bergen, Norway. Boels-Dolmans brings the last two World Road Champs: Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain) took the rainbow jersey in 2015, while Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) lines up the defending World Road Champ, taking the win in the Qatari desert last year.
The circumstances couldn't be more different. No more deserts and scorching heat, but the occasional downpour of rain. The pancake flat course has been replaced for a lap that goes up and down constantly and features a cobbled sector. And the Norwegian fans make sure all streets are lined with people supporting the riders.
Anna van der Breggen (The Netherlands) has already secured a silver medal at the individual time trial on Tuesday. She'll be taking to the start of the road race with her Boels-Dolmans teammates Amy Pieters and Chantal Blaak, and five other riders. The Dutch team is the biggest team this World Champs and the only team lining up multiple Boels-Dolmans riders.
Megan Guarnier lines up with six teammates in the US national outfit, while Karol-Ann Canuel, who finished 21st in the time trial on Tuesday, dons the blue colours of the Canadian national team in a team of six. Christine Majerus, finally, will swap her national kit for the light blue kit of the Luxembourg national team to take on the World Road Champs in a team of four.
The women's race starts at 1.30pm CET and is 152.8 kilometres in length - which is a long race in women's cycling. The same 19.1 kilometre lap features in all road races this week and the races that preceded the women's race have shown that it's a tough and tiring course as the racing gets underway.
HOW TO FOLLOW?
You can watch all races from start to finish on the Eurosport Player or the UCI YouTube channel, although this last one is georestricted. Tune into Sporza at 2pm or Eurosport at 3pm to watch the race live on television.