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Hesjedal leads Canadian Worlds team

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal wins at the Vuelta a España

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal wins at the Vuelta a España (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Ryder Hesjedal will lead team Canada with Michael Barry and Svein Tuft at the World Championships Sunday in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Hesjedal is in top form following his stage win in Vuelta a España's stage to Alto de Velefique last Friday, September 11. Barry and Tuft complete the three-man team.

Tuft finished second in the time trial last year in Varese, Italy. He will also represent Canada this year in the time trial with Christian Meier.

Elite team:
• Michael Barry (RR)
• Ryder Hesjedal (RR)
• Svein Tuft (RR/TT)
• Christian Meier (TT)

Under 23 Men
• Ryan Anderson (RR/TT)
• Guillaume Boivin (RR)
• David Boily (RR)
• David Veilleux (RR/TT)

Canada only once finished on the podium in the World Championships road race. Steve Bauer placed third at the 1984 edition in Barcelona, Spain, behind Belgian Claude Criquielion and Italian Claudio Corti. Tuft was the first Canadian to finish on the time trial podium.

Canada hosted the Worlds twice: 2003 in Hamilton and 1974 in Montréal.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed last month the number of riders allowed for each nation. Ten nations may have the maximum number of nine riders based on team rankings as of August 15.