Shorts: California, Worlds teams, Haribo

Tour of California going for a gong, Germans lose four key riders for Salzburg, Dutch select their f

Tour of California going for a gong, Germans lose four key riders for Salzburg, Dutch select their f

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The Tour of California has been nominated as one of the "Best New Sporting Events" of 2006 by Sports Travel Magazine. The race organisers have asked fans of the sport to support their nomination by voting for them at www.sportstravelmagazine.com followed by clicking on the "2006 Sports Travel Awards" icon in the upper right corner of the page. Voting continues until Friday.

- Germany's team for the world road race is looking weaker by the day. After David Kopp pulled out following a training crash, Andreas Klden has opted to skip the road race and just focus on the time trial, while Jens Voigt and Matthias Kessler have both dropped out due to the demands of a long season. The quartet have been replaced by Christian Knees (Milram), Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner), Stephan Schreck (T-Mobile) and Marcel Sieberg (Wiesenhof).

- Bram de Groot has been selected by Dutch coach Egon van Kessel for the ninth and final slot in their road team. The Rabobank rider got the nod over Pieter Weening, Theo Eltink, Steven de Jongh and Servais Knaven. The other eight riders are Bram Tankink (Quick Step), although he might drop out after crashing at the Tour of Poland, Michael Boogerd (Rabobank), Jan Boven (Rabobank), Max van Heeswijk (Discovery Channel), Karsten Kroon (CSC), Gerben Lwik (Rabobank), Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) and Maarten Tjallingii (Skil-Shimano).

- Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara is Switzerland's major hope at the Worlds, especially in next Thursday's time trial. The CSC rider will line up in the road race alongside Michael Albasini (Liquigas), Aurlien Clerc, Martin Elmiger and Gregory Rast (all Phonak), David Loosli (Lampre), Steffen Wesemann (T-Mobile), Oliver Zaugg (Saunier Duval) and Beat Zberg (Gerolsteiner). Phonak youngster Michael Schr, who is set to join Astana next season, is the second Swiss rider in the time trial.

- The Classic Haribo, which for the past 13 seasons has been one of the season-opening races on the French calendar, will not take place next season. Race backers Haribo, whose sweet-making factory is located in the start town of Uzs, have said that they will still maintain their support for cycling but through other means. Cofidis rider Arnaud Coyot will go down as the last winner of the event.

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