Elite team for road worlds announced

Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 11, 2006)óUSA Cycling announced today the elite teams that will represent the United States at the 2006 UCI Road World Championships September 19-24 in Salzburg, Austria.

In the elite menís division, the United States qualified the maximum nine riders in the road race and will field a team consisting of six UCI ProTour veterans and three domestic-based pros. ProTour riders Chris Horner (Bend, Ore./Davitamon-Lotto) Fred Rodriguez (Emeryville, Calif./Davitamon-Lotto), Christian VandeVelde (Boulder, Colo./CSC), Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wash./Cofidis), Patrick McCarty (Allen, Texas/Phonak), and Guido Trenti (Framingham, Mass./Quickstep-Innergetic) join U.S.-based riders Jackson Stewart (Los Gatos, Calif.), Danny Pate (Colorado Springs, Colo./TIAA-CREF) and Chris Baldwin (Boulder, Colo./Toyota-United) on the nine-man road race roster.

USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Champion David Zabriskie (Salt Lake City, Utah/CSC) and Baldwin were also selected to compete in the menís time trial.

All UCI ProTour riders were automatic selections to the team by virtue of their spots on UCI ProTour teams. Stewart was an automatic selection as the highest-ranked American in the UCI America Tour standings. Baldwin was the sole discretionary selection for both the road race and time trial.

The elite womenís squad will consist of Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif./Buitenpoort Flexpoint), Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Team Lipton), Tina Pic (Dahlonega, Ga./Colviata Cooking Light), Christine Thorburn (Menlo Park, Calif./Webcor Platinum), Kim Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo./T-Mobile) and Kimberly Bruckner (Boulder, Colo./T-Mobile).

Neben earned an automatic selection for the time trial based on her win at the Pan American Championships earlier this year. She was also an automatic selection for the road race as the highest-ranked American in the world.

Armstrong was also an automatic selection for both the road race and the time trial. Her win in the road race at the 2006 USA Cycling National Festival at Seven Springs earned her a nomination for the road race while her bronze-medal performance in the time trial at last yearís world championships secured her spot in that event this year.

Pic was an automatic selection for the road race based on her two top-five finishes in UCI World Cup races this season.

Thorburn, Anderson and Baldwin were all discretionary selections.

2006 UCI Road World Championships
Salzburg, Austria
September 19-24

U.S. Roster

Elite Women
Kim Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Road Race
Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho) Road Race & Time Trial
Kimberly Baldwin (Boulder, Colo.) Road Race
Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif.) Road Race & Time Trial
Tina Pic (Dahlonega, Ga.) Road Race
Christine Thorburn (Menlo Park, Calif.) Road Race & Time Trial

Elite Men
Chris Baldwin (Boulder, Colo.) Time Trial & Road Race
Chris Horner (Bend, Ore.) Road Race
Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wash.) Road Race
Patrick McCarty (Allen, Texas) Road Race
Danny Pate (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Road Race
Fred Rodriguez (Emeryville, Calif.) Road Race
Jackson Stewart (Los Gatos, Calif.) Road Race
Guido Trenti (Framingham, Mass.) Road Race
Christian VandeVelde (Boulder, Colo.) Road Race
David Zabriskie (Salt Lake City, Utah) Time Trial

Event Schedule
Sept. 20: Elite Womenís Time Trial, U23 Time Trial
Sept. 21: Elite Menís Time Trial
Sept. 23: Elite Womenís Road Race
Sept. 24: Elite Menís Road Race

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