German Jens Voigt of Team CSC-Saxo Bank will not be riding in the Worlds in Varese in September. "This year I won't start in the World Championships," the 36 year-old told the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (German cycling federation).
Team CSC-Saxo Bank agreed with his decision. "Jens has had a long season, with the Giro, the Tour and the Olympics," team spokesperson Brian Nygaard said to Cyclingnews. "No wonder that he feels like he can't give his best at the end of the season, too."
Voigt is in Beijing for the Olympic Games. He rode in the road race on Saturday, where he was part of an escape group. He will stay in China until August 14 as the back-up man for the time trial, in case either Stefan Schumacher or Bert Grabsch is unable to ride.
After the Olympics, Voigt is scheduled to ride the GP Plouay before looking to defend his title in the Deutschland Tour. Nygaard said, "Jens is probably going to plan the rest of his season with Directeur Sportif Kim Andersen before the Deutschland Tour." (SW)