By Sue George
The French town of Plouay threw its hat in the ring of candidates for the 2012 world road championships on Tuesday according to the French Yahoo! sports site. Plouay previously hosted the worlds in 2000, the year Latvian Romans Vainstein won the title.
Plouay also hosts the popular annual race, the Grand Prix de Plouay, and the Tour de France visited the town on three occasions in the past decade: 1998, 2002 and in 2006.
The next few world championships will be held in Stuttgart, Germany (2007), Varese, Italy (2008), and Mendrisio, Switzerland (2009). The UCI announced that it intended to award a non-European country the worlds by 2010; Australia and Bahrain are competing for the honor for that year.