The 2006 edition of the men's UCI Road World Championships Road Race
took place on September 24
, in the Austrian
city of Salzburg
. Reigning Olympic champion
and Italian Paolo Bettini
captured the gold medal and the rainbow jersey
as the 2006 World Cycling Champion. The 36-year-old German
sprinter Erik Zabel
took the silver medal and UCI ProTour
winner Alejandro Valverde
captured third place for the bronze medal.
General Standings - Elite Men's Road Race:
24-09-2006: Salzburg, 265.2 km.:
Based on the results of the riders in the UCI ProTour
and UCI Continental Circuits
in 2006, all nations have received an amount of riders they can send to the championships. The amount of allowed riders is different for each continent:
- Qualified Nations by the UCI Protour: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Switzerland get 9 starters. Canada, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania and Luxembourg get 1 starter.
- Qualified Nations by the UCI Africa Tour: South Africa gets 6 starters. Burkina Faso gets 3 starters.
- Qualified Nations by the UCI America Tour: Brazil and Colombia get 6 starters. Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela get 3 starters. Costa Rica and Cuba get 1 starter.
- Qualified Nations by the UCI Asia Tour: Iran gets 6 starters. Kazakhstan and Japan get 3 starters.
- Qualified Nations by the UCI European Tour: Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine get 6 starters. Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Great Britain, Ireland, Latvia and Norway get 3 starters. Sweden gets 1 starter. Note: Because Austria is the host nation, they are given 3 extra starters to give them 6 riders in total.
- Qualified Nations by the UCI Oceania Tour: New Zealand gets 3 starters.
All nations are allowed to select reserves too, 5 reserves for nations with 9 riders, 3 reserves for nations with 6 riders, 2 reserves for nations with 3 riders and 1 reserve for nations with 1 rider.
Nations allowed 9 Riders
On September 14
, the selection was released:
National Coach: Carlo Bomans
On September 11, the selection was released:
- Serge Baguet, Quick Step-Innergetic
- Tom Boonen, Quick Step-Innergetic
- Stijn Devolder, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
- Philippe Gilbert, Française des Jeux
- Leif Hoste, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
- Kevin Hulsmans, Quick Step-Innergetic
- Nick Nuyens, Quick Step-Innergetic
- Jurgen Van Goolen, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
Johan Vansummeren, Davitamon-Lotto Vansummeren was replaced by Thierry Marichal from Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone, because he severely injured his shoulder in a crash on training just days before the event.
Also 5 reserves were appointed:
Selection released on September 12
- Sylvain Calzati, AG2R Prévoyance
- Sylvain Chavanel, Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
- Cyril Dessel, AG2R Prévoyance
- Samuel Dumoulin, AG2R Prévoyance
- Anthony Geslin, Bouygues Télécom
- Sébastien Hinault, Crédit Agricole
- Sébastien Joly, Française des Jeux
- Christophe Le Mével, Crédit Agricole
- Thomas Voeckler, Bouygues Télécom
On September 11
, the first selection was released, but since then many things have changed. Matthias Kessler
and Jens Voigt
have refused their selection as they claim to be "too tired after a long tiring season". Andreas Klöden
has declared he only wants to ride in the
Time Trial World Championships 2006
National coach Franco Ballerini selected the following riders:
National coach Egon van Kessel
selected the following riders:
- Íñigo Cuesta, Team CSC
- Juan Antonio Flecha, Rabobank
- Xavier Florencio, Bouygues Télécom
- Luis Perez Rodriguez, Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
- Joaquin Rodriguez, Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
- Samuel Sánchez, Euskaltel-Euskadi
- Alejandro Valverde, Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
- Francisco Ventoso, Saunier Duval-Prodir
- Carlos Sastre, Team CSC
Selection released on September 14
- Chris Baldwin, Toyota-United Pro
- Tyler Farrar, Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
- Chris Horner, Davitamon-Lotto
- Jason McCartney, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
- Danny Pate, Team TIAA-CREF
- Fred Rodriguez, Davitamon-Lotto
- Jackson Stewart, Kodakgallery.com-Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling
- Guido Trenti, Quick Step-Innergetic
- Christian Vandevelde, Team CSC
Nations allowed 6 Riders
The home nation will be represented by:
Nations allowed 3 Riders
New Zealand chose not to send riders to the Road World Championships 2006, as their most important riders are injured and thus unavailable.
Nations allowed 1 Rider