Shorts: Worlds teams, Svorada, Petacchi

Denmark, Belgium and Germany all name strong teams for the Worlds in Salzburg next week, 37-year-old

Denmark, Belgium and Germany all name strong teams for the Worlds in Salzburg next week, 37-year-old


Denmark will be represented by three CSC riders in the upcoming World Championships road race in Salzburg after captain Brian Holm named Jakob Piil, Nicki Sorensen and Lars Bak to the team on Monday. The two latter are currently riding the Vuelta. The World Championships will be the last for Holm as captain since he'll be full time employed at T-Mobile from next season, writes Susanne Horsdal.

- Belgium, meanwhile, go into their defence of Tom Boonen's world title with a very strong looking team, with Boonen, Philippe Gilbert and Nick Nuyens the main hopes of national selector Carlo Bomans. These three will be backed by Kevin Hulsmans, who was the personal choice of Boonen, Jurgen van Goolen, Leif Hoste, Stijn Devolder, Johan Vansummeren and Serge Baguet.

- Germany's team also looks impressive. The road race includes four T-Mobile riders, led by Andreas Klden, CSC's Jens Voigt and Milram's veteran sprinter Erik Zabel. The other riders are Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner), Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), David Kopp (Gerolsteiner), Linus Gerdemann (T-Mobile), Matthias Kessler (T-Mobile) and Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile). Klden and Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) will line up in the time trial.

- Another veteran sprinter, Czech Jan Svorada, is also in the news. The former Lampre and Mapei rider, who has 77 victories to his credit, has decided to end his career at the 262km Prague-Karlovy Vary-Prague in his homeland. The 37 year old has said that he will continue to compete in mountain bike events.

- Alessandro Petacchi was forced to quit the Vuelta Monday after being laid low with a self-inflicted injury. The Milram sprinter broke the little finger on his right hand after punching the door of his team bus, his rage provoked by missing out on the stage 15 sprint in Almussafes. "I apologise to my team-mates and the team's management, but my anger was so intense I couldn't control myself," said Petacchi, whose injury-affected season now looks to be over. Petacchi's rage was initiated after he was forced into the barriers by Claudio Corioni, the lead-out man of Lampre sprinter Danilo Napolitano. "I admit the reaction was stupid," acknowledged Petacchi.

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