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Voeckler to miss road world championships

PARIS (AFP) — French rider Thomas Voeckler will miss the UCI road world championships in Spain later this month with a broken collarbone.

Thibaut Pinot was also left off of France’s worlds roster. He pulled out of the Vuelta a España this week due to illness and fatigue.

On Thursday, France unveiled an initial 17-man squad for the world championships, September 21-28 in Ponferrada, Spain. The final lineup will be decided in just over a week’s time.

Preliminary France squad for the UCI road world championships:

Road race: Julian Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet, Blel Kadri, Lloyd Mondory, Jean-Christophe Péraud, Warren Barguil, Nacer Bouhanni, Geoffrey Soupe, Arthur Vichot, Sylvain Chavanel, Bryan Coquard, Cyril Gautier, Kévin Reza et Romain Sicard, Tony Gallopin, Arnaud Gérard

Time trial: Sylvain Chavanel, Jerome Coppel, Jean-Christophe Peraud