The French cycling federation has announced a pre-selection for the World Championships in Madrid. In the Men's Time Trial, two riders will participate: Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) and Christophe Moreau (Crédit Agricole).
As for the Road Race, Jean-Patrick Nazon and Samuel Dumoulin (both Ag2r Prévoyance), Christophe Le Mevel, Sébastien Joly and Sébastien Hinault (all Crédit Agricole), Anthony Geslin, Laurent Brochard, Pierrick Fédrigo, Thomas Voeckler and Jérôme Pineau (all Bouygues Telecom), Sylvain Chavanel, Cédric Vasseur, David Moncoutié and Jimmy Casper (all Cofidis), Carlos Da Cruz (La Française des Jeux) as well as Nicolas Jalabert (Phonak) are on the list for the flat Parcours in the Spanish capital. A final line-up will be announced on September 14,2005.
Longo not selected
French living legend Jeannie Longo has not been selected into the team roster for the World Championships later this month. French sélectionneur Jacky Millet has not included the 46 year-old in the provisional list for the Women's Time Trial nor the Road race. Longo, who is not very popular amongst her female cycling colleagues, has had a rather mediocre season in 2005, but her palmarès remains impressive: She has been World Champion 13 times, French Champion 48 times and scored 896 victories to date.
The French pre-selection for the women's events in Madrid is as follows: Edwige Pitel and Marina Jaunatre will participate in the Women's Time Trial. The Road Race roster will consist of: Edwige Pitel, Marina Jaunatre, Magalie Finot-Laivier, Magali Le Floc'h, Magali Mocquery, Sophie Creux, Béatrice Thomas and Elodie Touffet.