National teams for World Championship road race revealed

Jerome Coppel in escape. Men's road race, Road World Championships 2012

Cycling's big nations are announcing their teams, and leaders, this week for the World Championships. The road race parcours next Sunday, September 29, will breathe in the Tuscan air, mix with the countryside's golden hues and climb around 3000 metres before finishing in Florence.

Great Britain's Chris Froome called it a course for climbers after a visit. Many observers expect it to be the hardest in years, since Lugano in 1996 or Hamilton in 2003. Teams are fielding climbers who, if they are lucky, can sprint.

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