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Pinotti out for Worlds top nine

Marco Pinotti (Columbia-HTC) will be the lead rider for the team tomorrow after today

Marco Pinotti (Columbia-HTC) will be the lead rider for the team tomorrow after today (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)

Marco Pinotti (Italy) aims for top nine in today's World Championship in Mendrisio, Switzerland, better than his 10th spot in the 2000 edition.

"This is my seventh Worlds, all in the time trial," Pinotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "The best place was my first Worlds, tenth in Plouay, France. I would like to better my past result, to be in the first nine spots."

The time trial covers three 16.6-kilometre circuits, 49.8 kilometres. The 650-metre long Rancate, with sections of 10 percent, features each circuit.

"The course is suited to me. There is a hard climb, halfway, 900 metres long, but the hardest bit is 500 metres in where it is nine to 10 percent. I will use a 42x11 there. The second part should not be so bad."

Pinotti, who rides for trade team Columbia-HTC, is a four-time Italian champion. He finished 13th at the World Championships last year in Varese, Italy.

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