France names preliminary Worlds selection

The French Cycling Federation (FFC) announced its long list for the 2009 World championships, September 23 to 27, in Mendrisio, Switzerland. FFC sports director, Laurent Jalabert, selected 18 men from whom the final nine-man team will be formed.

France should have a strong team for the road race based on its riders strong performances in the Tour de France. Three stage winners from this year's race are included in the list: Agritubel's Brice Feillu, Bbox Bouygues Telecom's Pierrick Fédrigo and Thomas Voeckler.

Jalabert also selected French champion Dimitri Champion (Brittany-Schuller) and Quick Step riders Sylvain Chavanel and Jerome Pineau. The remaining riders are from French trade teams Cofidis, Française des Jeux and AG2R La Mondiale.

Julien El Fares (Cofidis) failed to make the selection even though he won the Tour of Wallonie Wednesday.

The World championship road race, September 27, is 262.2 kilometres. The 13.8-kilometre circuit, with two climbs, suits a versatile rider.

Jérôme Coppel and Jean-Christophe Péraud will represent France in the time trial, September 24.

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Preliminary French world championships selection
1Dimitri Champion (Bretagne-Schuller)
2Pierrick Fedrigo (BBOX Bouygues Telecom)
3Thomas Voeckler (BBOX Bouygues Telecom)
4Laurent Lefevre (BBOX Bouygues Telecom)
5Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)
6Jérome Pineau (Quick Step)
7Remi Pauriol (Cofidis)
8Amaël Moinard (Cofidis)
9Christophe Kern (Cofidis)
10Christophe Le Mevel (Française des Jeux)
11Anthony Geslin (Française des Jeux)
12Sandy Casar (Française des Jeux)
13David Le Lay (Agritubel)
14Maxime Bouet (Agritubel)
15Brice Feillu (Agritubel)
16Christophe Riblon (AG2R-La Mondiale)
17Jérôme Coppel (Française des Jeux) - ITT
18Jean-Christophe Peraud (Le Creusot) - ITT


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