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Thomas Voeckler, Sylvain Chavanel to lead French road squad for world championships

  • By Agence France Presse
  • Published Sep. 14, 2011

Tour de France stars Thomas Voeckler and Sylvain Chavanel will spearhead France’s bid for the coveted rainbow jersey at the world road race cycling championships in Copenhagen later this month.

Voeckler's second epic run in yellow made him a natural for the French worlds squad.

Voeckler, the national champion in 2010 and reigning national champion Chavanel will lead a nine-man team for the 266 km men’s elite race that brings the curtain down on the six-day competition September 25.

Although the pair are known for their attacking prowess, the race is widely expected to end in a bunch sprint and France coach Laurent Jalabert has widened his options by including sprinters Romain Feillu, Anthony Ravard and Samuel Dumoulin.

The younger generation of French talent will be represented by Yoann Offredo, Tony Gallopin, Blel Kadri and Anthony Roux.

Road race: Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Samuel Dumoulin and Tony Gallopin (Cofidis), Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil), Blel Kadri and Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale), Yoann Offredo and Anthony Roux (FDJ), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)

Reserves: Jeremie Galland (Saur-Sojasun), Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale)

Time trial: Laszlo Bodrogi (Type 1), Dimitri Champion (AG2R La Mondiale)

Reserve: Damien Gaudin (Europcar)

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