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BETTINI BACK IN ACTION IN TRITTICO LOMBARDO

World champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) begins his build-up to the world championships today in the Tre Valle Varesine race that ends with six laps on the circuit that will be used for the world championship road race on September 28.

Bettini was disappointed to miss out on a medal at the Beijing Olympic Games but will work for one last peak of form for the world championships before deciding if he retires or continues racing for another season in 2009.

The Tre Valli Varesine is the first race of the Trittico Lombardo three-day series. The hilly Coppa Agostoni will be held on Wednesday, with the flatter Coppa Bernocchi on Thursday.

Brits Steve Cummings and Chris Froome are riding for Barloworld.

DAN MARTIN BEST YOUNG RIDER IN TOUR OF PORTUGAL

Ireland?s Dan Martin (Garmin) is still wearing the best young rider?s jersey and is 11th overall in the Tour of Portugal after five days of racing.

The British-born climber finished 12th on the mountain top finish at Alto da Torre and is 5-38 behind race leader Rui Sousa Barbosa (Liberty Seguros).

After Monday?s rest day, the racing resumes with the 186km fifth stage from Gouveia – São João da Madeira.

SIX BRITISH RIDERS IN MEN?S ELITE ROAD RACE AT THE WORLD?S

The UCI has announced the make-up of the field for the 2008 World Road Race Championships, to be held in Varese, Italy, at the end of September.

Great Britain will have six starters in the men?s elite road race ? and five in the under-23 road race.

David Millar is eligible for the World?s, unlike the Olympic Games, and could be in line to lead the team. And there may be a British debut for Kenyan-born Chris Froome, who completed the Tour de France at the first attempt for Barloworld this summer.

The British under-23 team will go into the championships very confident. Jonny Bellis, bronze medallist last year, is set to come back to the national squad after his stagiaire placement with the CSC team. Peter Kennaugh is currently dominating the one-day scene in Italy, and Ben Swift, like Bellis, experienced the very top level of the sport, taking part in the Olympic road race.

ELITE MEN?S ROAD RACE

9 starters

Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Australia, France, Switzerland, Russia, Netherlands

6 starters

Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Great Britain, Portugal, Denmark, South Africa, USA, Venezuela

3 starters

Austria, Sweden, Croatia, Ireland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Latvia, Serbia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, Japan, Uzbekistan

1 starter

Morocco, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay, Belarus, Lithuania

UNDER-23 MEN?S ROAD RACE

5 starters

France, Russia, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Ukraine, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, USA, Colombia, Canada, South Africa, Iran, Malaysia

4 starters

Austria, Moldova, Croatia, Norway, Serbia, Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Algeria, Uzbekistan, UAE

3 starters

Latvia, Spain, Israel, Albania, Romania, Sweden, New Zealand, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Tunisia, Erythrea, Korea, Kazakhstan

1 starter

Estonia, Luxembourg, El Salvador

TOUR OF IRELAND START LIST REVEALED

The start list for the Tour of Ireland has been revealed. The race starts on August 27. Look out for the big preview on cyclingweekly.co.uk soon.

Major riders

TEAM COLUMBIA: Mark Cavendish (GB), Bernhard Eisel (Aut), Adam Hansen (Aus)

GARMIN-CHIPOTLE: David Millar (GB), Dan Martin (Irl), Magnus Backstedt (Swe), Martijn Maaskant (Ned), Julian Dean (NZ)

TINKOFF CREDIT SYSTEMS: Alberto Loddo (Ita)

CSF GROUPE NAVIGARE: Filipo Savini, Matteo Priamo (both Ita)

TEAM TYPE 1: Moises Aldape (Mex), Ben Brooks (Aus), Glen Chadwick (NZ)

TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN: Johan Coenen (Bel)

AN POST-M.DONNELLY-GRANT THORNTON: Paidi O?Brien, Mark Cassidy, Stephen Gallagher (all Irl), Daniel Lloyd, Daniel Fleeman (both GB)

IRELAND: David McCann, Paul Griffin, Paul Healion, Roger Aiken, Sean Lacey, Michael Concannon, Stephen O?Sullivan

KARPIN GALICIA: Ramon Troncoso (Spa)

SOUTHAUSTRALIA.COM: Simon Clarke (Aus)

RABOBANK: Bart Aernouts, Boy Van Poppel (Ned)

MTN ENERGADE: Neil McDonald (SA)

RAPHA-CONDOR-RECYCLING: Dean Downing, Kristian House, Ben Greenwood, Rob Partridge, Graham Briggs, Dale Appleby, Simon Holt (all GB)

PINARELLO-CandiTV: Russell Downing, Malcolm Elliott, Lee Davis, Tom Murray, Peter Williams, Mathew Kipling (all GB), Andy Roche (Irl)

JOKER BIANCHI: Alexander Kristoff (Nor)

PEZULA RACING: David O?Loughlin, Ciaran Power, Martyn Irvine (all Irl), Kieran Page (GB), Cameron Jennings (Aus)

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