USA Cycling and Canadian Cycling Association have both announced the team that will represent the USA and Canada respectively to the 2009 UCI Road World Championships, held in Mendrisio, Switzerland on Sept. 23-27.
USA. Leading the women’s team for 2009 will be defending time trial world champion, Amber Neben (Nurnberger), and Olympic gold medalist and three-time time trial world championship medalist (2005-2007) Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team). Both women received automatic nominations to race the time trial and the road race based on their top-25 UCI rankings. US Time Trial Champion Jessica Phillips (Lip Smackers) will be joining them in the time trial.
Four women will join the road race squad with two riders receiving automatic nomination: US Road Race Champion Meredith Miller (TIBCO) and Kim Anderson (Columbia-HTC), overall winner of the UCI 2.1 La Route de France this summer. The two discretionary nominees are Evelyn Stevens and Mara Abbott (Columbia-HTC). Stevens won a stage of La Route de France this summer and finished right behind Anderson in second overall while Abbott rode to second-place overall in the UCI 2.1 Giro Donne.
Garmin-Slipstream’s Tom Danielson will be racing in both the elite men’s road race and time trial. Second place at the US Pro TT Championships, Tom Zirbel (BISSELL) will be joining Danielson in the Time Trial. Leader Danielson will have eight teammates in the Road Race, including three from the Garmin-Slipstream team: Tyler Farrar, who recently won a stage of the Vuelta a Espana and three stages in the Eneco Tour of Belgium, Tim Duggan and Tom Peterson. Also on the team are Andy Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Jeff Louder (BMC) and Brent Bookwalter (BMC) who finished second, third and fourth respectively in the US Pro Road Championships, Craig Lewis (Columbia-HTC) and Jason McCartney (Saxo Bank).
Leading the U23 men’s squad will be Tejay Van Garderen (Rabobank Continental Team) and Peter Stetina (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin). Van Garderen and Stetina, both fresh off of stellar performances in the Tour de L’Avenir, will compete in both the road race and time trial in Switzerland. In the road race, the pair will be joined by Kirk Carlsen (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin), Chris Barton (BMC), and current U23 TT and Road Champion Alex Howes (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin) who won a stage, the KOM and the Best Young Rider classification at the Tour of Utah.
Both US Pro TT Champion David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) and US Pro Road Champion George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC) declined to race at the World Championships.
“It’s just a long season.” explained Zabriskie when asked why Americans chose not to participate in the Worlds, compared to their European competitors. “A lot of the guys, they can start coming into their form in May, or even July for the big Tours. I did a three-week training camp in January getting ready for California, and then California, I was in tip top shape I’d say. They will start racing maybe as early as me, but I’m saying the levels of forms are a different waves that I’m riding right now. Mentally, too, these things they can wear on a man.”
Zabriskie did say that he wants to focus on the World Championhip in the future. “That’s the race that I’ve always wanted to win, I really like that race.”
Canada. Reigning TT Champion Svein Tuft (Garmin-Slipstream) will be racing in both the elite men’s road race and time trial. He will be joined in the time trial by his teammate Chris Meier, who finished second at the TT Championships earlier this year. Tuft will have two teammates in the road race: Michael Barry (Columbia-HTC) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Slipstream) who is the first Canadian to win a stage at the Vuelta a Espana.
Leading the U23 men’s team are David Veilleux and Ryan Anderson, both of Kelly Benefit Strategies. The teammates will compete in both the time trial and road race. Veilleux is a multi-time and current U23 TT champion and won the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium in August after returning from a broken collarbone.
Rounding off the U23 road race squad are U23 Road Champion Guillaume Boivin (Planet Energy), who surprised everyone when he took the win at the men’s combined elite and U23 road championships, and David Boily (Equipe du Quebec).
The Elite women’s team for the road race will be led by current road champion Alison Testroete (Total Restoration). She will be joined by TT Champion Tara Whitten (Velocity), Erinne Willock (Webcor), Julie Beveridge (TIBCO), Joëlle Numainville (Kenda) and Heather Logan (Team Ontario).
Online streaming. UniversalSports.com will stream coverage of the World Championships.
|Wed, Sep 23||3:30 AM ET||Men’s Under 23 – Time Trial|
|Wed, Sep 23||8 AM ET||Women’s Elite – Time Trial|
|Thu, Sep 24||5:30 AM ET||Men’s Elite – Time Trial|
|Sat, Sep 26||3 AM ET||Women’s Elite – Road Race|
|Sat, Sep 26||7:30 AM ET||Men’s Under 23 – Road Race|
|Sun, Sep 27||4:30 AM ET||Men’s Elite – Road Race|