No place for Filippo Pozzato in Italy's World Championships squad

Italy names its squad for the 2014 Road World Championships, but will leave out Filippo Pozzato

Filippo Pozzato on stage seven of the 2014 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Italy has decided to attack the World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, instead of trying to out-sprint its rivals. For the rainbow race on September 28, it will take Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru and Edoardo Zardini – recent Tour of Britain stage winner – but leave Filippo Pozzato at home.

"How I see the Worlds, there's not a place for Pozzato, who is a marker and needs to be used in the final," head coach, Davide Cassani told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.