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Voeckler rethinks World Championships participation

The podium: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Thomas Voeckler (Bbox) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank)

The podium: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Thomas Voeckler (Bbox) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Thomas Voeckler may reconsider his decision not to compete in the upcoming UCI Road World Championships after his solo victory at the ProTour's Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec City on Friday.

The French national champion had previously ruled himself out of the running for the Worlds, which takes place in Geelong, near Melbourne, Australia on October 3.

"I don't want to make a decision right away after such a great victory but obviously this might change my feeling," Voeckler said. "I will discuss it with the French team coach, Laurent Jalabert, and see what he thinks."

Voeckler attacked a small front group that formed late in the race to take a solo victory ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) at the end of the challenging 198km circuit race.

"The Quebec atmosphere gave me a lot of motivation," Voeckler said. "Despite the appearance, I did not train so much this season and didn't have my best training year and did not lead a healthy lifestyle. I think that shows that cycling is not an exact science."

He admitted that the course in Quebec City is similar in style to a typical world championship course, however, it was much more challenging than the circuit which is planned for the elite men's race in Geelong.

"For the time being, I'll stick to my decision that I'm not doing the World Championships," Voeckler said. "Especially because that course is much faster than it was here and could favor a faster rider, so we will see."

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.