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Kirchen passes on Worlds

Kim Kirchen has decided to forego the UCI World Championships road race in Varese, Italy this Sunday. The Luxembourger was earmarked as one of the likely challengers for the title, but feels that his form is not at a standard to be competitive.

"My condition is not good enough at the moment to achieve a good result," he explained.

Kirchen has enjoyed his best season to date in 2008. After winning La Flèche Wallonne in April and a stage at the Tour de Suisse he went on to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for three stages and the points jersey for six days.

He will be replaced by Claude Wolter in the Luxembourg national team.

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