New Zealand picks Worlds team

Top New Zealand riders Kashi Leuchs and Rosara Joseph will lead a strong New Zealand team to contest the 2008 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in Val di Sole, Italy in June. Cross country racers Joseph and Leuchs have been in Europe preparing for the Olympics in August. Joseph is currently recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the first UCI World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium, but is expected to be fully fit for the World Championships on June 17-22.

"The cross country side of the team represents the depth of talent in the junior ranks especially," said Chris Mildon, Mountainbike New Zealand president. "These junior athletes relish the opportunity to compete at the world championships and perform above and beyond expectations against the world's best." Samara Sheppard, Ashley Hough, Scott Green, Dirk Peters, Kieran Hambrook and George Bennett are the chosen U19 racers.

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