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US to send Tour de France-tested team to road cycling world championships

AP – The United States (US) will send a strong contingent of Tour de France-tested riders to the road cycling world championships next month.

The seven-man squad announced on Monday includes Neilson Powless, who currently wears the Tour’s polka dot jersey as the king of the mountains, and Matteo Jorgenson, who a day earlier nearly won the stage to the summit finish at Puy de Dome.

Powless and Jorgenson will be joined by fellow Tour riders Lawson Craddock and US road race champion Quinn Simmons, who recently withdrew from the race after a crash on Stage 5 left him with lingering injuries.

The other riders on the American team are Magnus Sheffield, Sean Quinn and Brandon McNulty, the reigning US time trial champion.

Sheffield will contest the road race and time trial and McNulty only the time trial, while the rest will compete in the road race.

The road world championships have been combined with the championships from the other Olympic cycling disciplines, and all will take place over a 10-day stretch beginning August 3 in Scotland.

The men’s race is scheduled for August 6, beginning in Edinburgh and ending in Glasgow, while the women’s road race is August 13 with a start in Balloch and the finish in Glasgow.

The women’s time trial is August 10, with the men’s time trial the following day.

The US women are headlined by Chloe Dygert, who won the US road and time trial titles before twice finishing on the podium in the nine-stage Giro Donne in Italy.

The 26-year-old from Indiana won the 2019 time trial world title before a horrendous crash the following year left her with career-threatening injuries and a long comeback to competitive cycling.

Canada’s Michael Woods overtakes Matteo Jorgenson of the US on the climb to Puy de Dome during the ninth stage of the Tour de France. PHOTO: AP
Neilson Powless, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, pedals on the climb. PHOTO: AP

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