France has named its men’s elite team for the UCI Road World Championships later this month in Florence, Italy. Among the selection are French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr), Alpe d’Huez winner at this year’s Tour de France Christoph Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale), and late addition Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).
Time trial national champion Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) will line up with Jéremy Roy (FDJ.fr) in the race against the clock on Wednesday, September 25, but neither will start the road race on September 29. Instead of the attacking veterans, young riders like Vuelta a España stage winner Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) and Tour de l’Ain winner Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) will wear the tricolor in Sunday’s climber-friendly event in Tuscany.
The world championships open Sunday, September 22 with the team time trial and conclude with the men’s road race on September 29.
French selection for the 2013 UCI Road World Championships:
Romain Bardet, Ag2r La Mondiale (RR)
Warren Barguil, Argos-Shimano (RR)
Cyril Gautier, Europcar (RR)
Amaël Moinard, BMC Racing (RR)
Thibaut Pinot, FDJ.fr (RR)
Christophe Riblon, Ag2r La Mondiale (RR)
Anthony Roux, FDJ.fr (RR)
Arthur Vichot, FDJ.fr (RR)
Thomas Voeckler, Europcar (RR)
Sylvain Chavanel, Omega Pharma-Quick Step (ITT)
Jéremy Roy, FDJ.fr (ITT)
Germany also announced it’s elite men’s roster on Tuesday, confirming that two-time defending TT champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma) would try for a third consecutive title in Florence. Dominik Nerz (BMC Racing) will captain the team in the road race.
“After careful consideration, we are able to compose a good mix of riders from the classics and stage races,” said Udo Sprenger, vice president of the German federation.
German selection for the 2013 UCI Road World Championships:
Marcus Burghardt, BMC Racing (RR)
John Degenkolb, Argos-Shimano (RR)
Simon Geschke, Argos-Shimano (RR)
Paul Martens, Belkin (RR)
Dominik Nerz, BMC Racing (RR)
Fabian Wegmann, Garmin-Sharp (RR)
Tony Martin, Omega Pharma-Quick Step (TT)
Bert Grabsch, Omega Pharma-Quick Step (TT)
Patrick Gretsch, Argos-Shimano (TT)
Johannes Fröhlinger, Argos-Shimano (Alt.)
Christian Knees, Sky (Alt.)
Paul Voss, NetApp-Endura (Alt.)