Americans Amber Neben and Kirstin Armstrong will lead a seven-woman Elite squad at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships, Sept. 23-27 in Mendriso, Switzerland.
Defending time trial world champion Neben (Equipe Nürnberger), and Olympic gold medalist and three-time time trial world champion Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) received automatic nominations to race the time trial and the road race based on their top-25 UCI rankings.
The pair will be joined in the time trial by Jessica Phillips (Team Lip Smackers), who received an automatic nomination to race the clock with her win in the USA Cycling Elite time trial national championship earlier this summer.
Neben and Armstrong will be complemented on the road race squad by four additional teammates. Kimberly Anderson (Columbia-HTC) received an automatic nomination by means of her overall win this summer in the UCI 2.1 La Route de France while Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO) automatically qualified with her win in the elite women’s road race at the USA Cycling road national championships.
The six-woman road race squad will be rounded out by two discretionary nominees – Evelyn Stevens and Mara Abbott (Columbia-HTC). Stevens won a stage of La Route de France this summer and finished right behind Anderson in second overall while Abbott rode to second-place overall in the UCI 2.1 Giro Donne.
USA Cycling will announce the Elite and U23 men’s teams for the world championships on September 14.
2009 UCI Road World Championships: Mendriso, Switzerland September 23-27, 2009
Elite women's roster:
Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) – Time Trial and Road Race *; Amber Neben (Equipe Nürnberger) – Time Trial and Road Race *; Kimberly Anderson (Columbia-HTC) – Road Race *; Mara Abbott (Columbia-HTC) – Road Race; Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO) – Road Race *; Evelyn Stevens – Road Race; Jessica Phillips (Team Lip Smackers) – Time Trial *.
*denotes automatic qualifiers.