The World Championships are coming to Austria, and the country took the next step in preparing for them by announcing its preliminary squad. It was announced on Tuesday that Austria could start six riders in the road race, as well as the usual two in the time trial. The final team will be announced at the last minute, on September 21.
The nine riders nominated for the road race team are five from ProTour teams, including Austrian champion Bernhard Kohl, and four from Professional Continental teams. Two riders who are already assured of a ride are CSC's Peter Luttenberger and Elk Haus' Thomas Rohregger, who will ride the time trial.
The World Championships are to be held in Salzburg, Austria, from September 19 to 24.
Road race nominees: Bernhard Eisel (Française des Jeux), Gerrit Glomser (Team Volksbank), Rene Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner), Bernhard Kohl (T-Mobile), Christian Pfannberger (Elk Haus), Thomas Rohregger (Elk Haus), Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner), Gerhard Trampusch (Wiesenhof-AKUD) and Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner).
Time trial nominees: Peter Luttenberger (CSC) and Thomas Rohregger (Elk Haus).