Normally, the world championships are the end of the cycling season, but this year the World Cup is planned just after the Tour de France and just before the Giro d'Italia.

In Imola, Italy, there are opportunities for the Dutch in every aspect this week.

These are the favorites.

Time trial women (Thursday)

Chloé Dygert

- It was a big surprise when the 23-year-old American outsmarted the competition last year to become world time



This year Dygert is one of the absolute favorites for the overall victory.

The course seems to suit her well.

Ellen van Dijk

- She was disappointed that she was not selected for the time trial, but due to the absence of the injured Annemiek van Vleuten, 33-year-old Van Dijk can still make her appearance.

The 2013 world champion is immediately one of the favorites for the gold in Imola.

Anna van der Breggen

- At the 2019 World Cup, Van der Breggen had to settle for second place.

This year, the thirty-year-old Dutch is aiming for a gold medal.

If she continues the shape of the Giro Rosa she won, then that is certainly possible.

Ellen van Dijk already became world time trial champion in 2013 (Photo: Getty Images)

Time trial men (Friday)

Rohan Dennis

- Thirty-year-old Dennis has already won the time trial world champion twice and is also one of the favorites for the victory in Imola.

The Australian will do everything he can to extend his title for the second time in a row in preparation for the Giro d'Italia.

Filippo Ganna

- Like Dennis, Ganna drives daily at INEOS Grenadiers.

The Italian time trial champion also won the race against time in the Tirreno-Adriatico last month.

At the time, the 24-year-old Italian was way too strong for Dennis.

Wout van Aert

- The 26-year-old Van Aert can do everything: climbing, sprinting and therefore also time trial.

This means that the Belgian is also one of the favorites in Imola.

The powers of the all-rounder cannot be underestimated.

Stefan Küng

- As reigning European time trial champion, Küng also has a chance to win the title at the world championships.

The competition is a bit tougher in Imola.

Still, the 26-year-old Swiss may be able to take a shot at the world title.

Tom Dumoulin

- The 29-year-old Dutchman already became world time trial champion in 2017 and has also set his sights on the overall victory in Imola.

In principle, the stage is made for him and in the penultimate stage of the Tour Dumoulin once again showed that he belonged to the world top in the time trial.

Tom Dumoulin became world time trial champion in 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)

Road race women (Saturday)

Anna van der Breggen

- Wherever Van der Breggen also appears at the start;

she is one of the favorites for the stage victory.

Because Van Vleuten is not fully fit, the eyes in Imola are also on the thirty-year-old Dutch.

Elisa Longo Borghini

- 28-year-old Longo Borghini has the bad luck that women like Van Vleuten and Van der Breggen are invariably strong, otherwise she would certainly have won even more stages in her career.

In Imola the Italian drives a home stage.

That can give her an extra boost.

Katarzyna Niwiadoma

- The Polish rider is one of the greatest talents in the peloton.

The 25-year-old Niwiadoma can make it difficult for Dutch women in Italy.

She has the potential to set the course herself.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

- The 34-year-old Moolman-Pasio crashed in early August, but is still fit for the World Cup in time.

If the South African manages to look good, she can go with the best women for a long time.

Annemiek van Vleuten

- Although Van Vleuten unfortunately broke her wrist in the Giro Rosa, she seems to be able to participate in the World Cup in Imola.

The question is whether the brace offers enough support to be able to compete with the best women.

In any case, the 37-year-old Van Vleuten can never be underestimated.

Anna van der Breggen was recently the strongest in the Giro Rosa.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Road race men (Sunday)

Wout van Aert -

The 26-year-old Belgian was perhaps the best rider in the peloton during the Tour de France.

Van Aert won two sprint stages, was able to climb with the best and finished fourth in the time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.

If he can take good form to the World Cup, he will be one of the serious favorites.

Julian Alaphilippe

- Alaphilippe did not impress as much in the Tour as last year.

Nevertheless, the 28-year-old Frenchman still won one stage after an impressive punch.

The course of the World Cup seems made for him.

Primoz Roglic

- The question is whether the thirty-year-old Slovenian has already recovered from the mental blow of the Tour de France.

Rarely has a lap win in the Tour de France been lost so painfully as by Roglic during the time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.

During the World Cup he will look for rehabilitation.

Tadej Pogacar

- When we talk about the Tour de France, we can't ignore Tadej Pogacar.

The 22-year-old Slovenian won three jerseys: the yellow, the white and the polka-dot jersey.

During the upcoming World Cup he will also 'just' be one of the strongest riders.

Marc Hirschi

- The 22-year-old Swiss was one of the revelations of the last Tour de France.

Hirschi was close to a stage win twice, before he was the first to cross the line in the twelfth stage.

The course in Imola seems to suit him.

Outsiders -

Jakob Fuglsang, Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali, Michael Matthews, Michael Woods and Michal Kwiatkowski.

Wout van Aert won two stages in the Tour de France.

(Photo: Getty Images)