France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot Admits Surprise At World Title

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 27, 2014 (AFP) - Frenchwoman Pauline Ferrand-Prevot admitted she hadn't expected to win after stunning the favourites in a select bunch sprint to claim the women's road race title at the World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain on Saturday. Ferrand-Prevot is more known as a climber having come from a background in mountain biking, but … [Read more...]

Time Running Out For Valverde To Bag The Big One

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 20, 2014 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde will have his work cut out if he is to end years of near misses and finally land the world title on home soil next week. The 34-year-old Spaniard will be one of the favourites at the World Championships in Ponferrada but time is running out for the 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner to finally claim … [Read more...]

No World Championship For Alberto Contador In 2014

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 14, 2014 (AFP) - Tour of Spain leader Alberto Contador has ruled out competing at the world championships in his home country a week from now despite being picked for the Spanish team. Speaking after his victory in the 20th and penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a result which virtually assured him of overall … [Read more...]

Contador Included In Preliminary World Championships Squad

CANGAS, Spain, Sept 12, 2014 (AFP) - Vuelta a Espana leader Alberto Contador has been included in Spain's preliminary squad for the world championship road race in Ponferrada, northern Spain, later this month. Contador had indicated earlier in the week that he would sit out the event on September 28. "The world championship course is not in any way suited to my style and I … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Leads Spanish Team At World Championships

MADRID, Sept 18, 2013 - Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been selected in the nine-man Spanish team for the road World Championships in Florence later this month. The 30-year-old Saxo Bank rider is joined by last year's bronze medallist in the elite road race, Alejandro Valverde, and Joaquim Rodriguez, who finished fourth behind Valverde in the recently completed Tour … [Read more...]

Czech Kreuziger Out Of Worlds With Hand Injury

PRAGUE, Sept 22, 2011 (AFP) - Czech rider Roman Kreuziger said Thursday he was pulling out of Sunday's road race at the world championships in Denmark because of a hand injury he had suffered during the Tour de France. "The circuit is quite technical and therefore dangerous... it would be very risky to come back after the injury in a race like this," the Astana rider, who finished sixth … [Read more...]

Dutch Team For World Championships

BRUSSELS, Sept 17, 2011 (AFP) - The Netherlands team for the September 19-25 world cycling championships in Copenhagen released on Saturday: Road race: Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema, Lars Boom, Maarten Tjallingii, Pieter Weening, Wout Poels, Johnny Hoogerland, Pim Ligthart, Niki Terpstra. Time-trial: Lieuwe Westra, Stef Clement. … [Read more...]

Neben Replaces Olympic Champ Armstrong At Worlds

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Sept 16, 2011 (AFP) - Reigning Olympic cycling time trial champion Kristin Armstrong was replaced on the United States squad at the World Championships on Friday after a successful protest by Amber Neben. USA Cycling announced that Neben would join Evelyn Stevens in representing the United States at the world event in Copenhagen, changing the lineup two weeks … [Read more...]

Wiggins and Froome Make British Team For Copenhagen

LONDON, Sept 16, 2011 - Team Sky duo Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins were named Friday in the British team for next month's road cycling World Championships in Copenhagen. Froome and Wiggins' participation comes after the pair finished second and third at the Tour of Spain last weekend, the first time two British cyclists have secured podium finishes at the end of a Grand Tour. The … [Read more...]

Cavendish Eyes His Best Chance At World Title

LONDON, Aug 2, 2011 (AFP) - Ace British rider Mark Cavendish told the BBC on Tuesday that his best chance yet of winning the world road race title would come in Copenhagen in September. The 26-year-old -- who is coming off a tremendous Tour de France where he won the green jersey -- said that a favorable course and a strong British team supporting him gave him real cause for optimism for the … [Read more...]