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Paolini looking for worlds ride

Italian Luca Paolini has said that he's hoping to be selected for the Italian team for the world championships following some good performances recently. The Quick Step rider won the green points jersey in the Tour of Britain, taking two stages in the process - the final stage criterium and stage 3. In addition to his performances in the UK, he also won a stage of the Tour de la Région Wallonne and took second in the Hew - Cyclassics Cup in July.

"I hope that this will help me get picked for the Italian team for the world championships," the 28 year old said after his Tour of Britain stage win in London yesterday. "I had three months off at the start of the year with a knee problem, but I did well with two wins here. It is good for me and it's a clear sign to the coach Franco Ballerini that I am going well. I just hope that he selects me for the worlds, where I was third last year.

"If not, there are a lot of races in the season where I can do well, like Paris-Brussels, the Tour of Poland and the Zurich race."

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