Svein Tuft of Langley, BC (Orica-GreenEDGE) will compete in the individual time trial. Tuft won silver in this event in 2008. Christian Meier of Langley, BC (Orica-GreenEDGE) and François Parisien of Bromont, QC (Argos-Shimano), will contest the road race.
Although Canada qualified for three riders for the men’s road race, Cycling Canada opted to send only two riders. Ryder Hesjedal, who finished third in the Grand Prix cycliste de Montreal last Sunday, declined his selection and it was deemed that there were no other athletes available who would be competitive in this event.
“This event is an opportunity to showcase competitiveness and performance in favour of development,” said Cycling Canada High Performance Director Jacques Landry. “We have to field a competitive team for this prestigious and high-calibre event. In the elite category for road cycling, Canada will no longer use World Championships as a development tool as many other races serve that purpose.”
The 2013 Road World Championships begin on September 22 in Florence, Italy. The 57-km elite men’s time trial is on September 25 and the 268-km elite men’s road race is on September 29.
Team Canada – Elite Men – 2013 Road World Championships
– Svein Tuft (36 – Langley, BC) [Individual Time Trial]
– Christian Meier (28 – Langley, BC) [Road Race]
– François Parisien (31 – Bromont, QC) [Road Race]