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Bettini looking forward to first race as world champion

Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step), the defending champion for tomorrow's Championship of Zurich, is looking forward to racing in his newly acquired rainbow jersey. Bettini won the race solo last year by almost three minutes, letting off some steam for missing out in the world's the previous week. But now he has the world title, and can take a more relaxed approach to Sunday's race.

In a Reuters interview, Bettini said that he wanted to show off the rainbow jersey as much as possible this year and next. That means he won't finish his season until the Giro di Lombardia on October 14, and will take in Paris-Tours and the Coppa Sabatini along the way. He wants to race some six day events over winter and has even got his eyes on Paris-Roubaix next year.

"I want to wear the rainbow jersey with pride and as often as possible but it won't change the way I race. When I ride, I'll always ride to win," said Bettini.

The Italian admitted that post-world's celebrations and a reduced training program might not see him at his best in Zurich, but he is looking forward to it anyway. "It was a special moment when I won and will also be special when I ride my first race," he said.

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Cyclingnews will be covering the Championship of Zurich live, with coverage starting at 15:00 CEST (Europe)/9:00 EDT (USA East)/6:00 PDT (USA West)/23:00 AEST (Australia East).

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