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U.S. world’s team announced

There was talk of staying home, but despite the September 11 terrorist attacks, USA Cycling has decided against bowing out of this year’s world championships, and announced its 24-rider roster on Tuesday. The U.S. will be one of 35 countries competing at the final major road event of the 2001 season slated for October 9-14 in Lisbon, Portugal. The men’s squad will be led by four-time world’s team member and 2001 USPRO champion Fred Rodriguez. Rodriguez recently finished second in the Grand Prix de Fourmies in France. Jonathan Vaughters will also make the trip to Lisbon. The Colorado

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There was talk of staying home, but despite the September 11 terrorist attacks, USA Cycling has decided against bowing out of this year’s world championships, and announced its 24-rider roster on Tuesday. The U.S. will be one of 35 countries competing at the final major road event of the 2001 season slated for October 9-14 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The men’s squad will be led by four-time world’s team member and 2001 USPRO champion Fred Rodriguez. Rodriguez recently finished second in the Grand Prix de Fourmies in France.

Jonathan Vaughters will also make the trip to Lisbon. The Colorado resident had an up and down season that included his withdrawal from the Tour de France and a win in the 140-mile Saturn Cycling Classic.

Levi Leipheimer will join Rodriguez and Vaughters. The USPS rider is currently among the leaders at the Vuelta a Espana.

Mari Holden will spearhead the women’s contingent, as she attempts to defend her 2000 world title in the individual time trial. Just two weeks prior to last year’s world championships, Holden snagged a silver medal in the individual time trial at the Olympics.

Joining Holden is Kimberly Bruckner, who scored national titles in the time trial and road race at the 2001 USCF Elite National Road Cycling Championships. Bruckner, who’s in her third year of professional racing, also scored wins at Australia’s Tour de Snowy and the Tour de Suisse Feminine this year.

Espoir Danny Pate returns to the world championships for the fourth year in a row and will be looking to medal in the under-23 individual time trial and road race. The 22-year-old captured victories at the Triptyque Ardennais in Belgium and one of the United States’ premiere U-23 races, the Four Bridges of Elgin.

Walker Ferguson will join Pate on the U-23 squad. Already this year the Colorado native won a bronze medal in the under-23 cross country at the mountain bike world championships in Vail, Colorado.

Other riders include Blake Caldwell, who won the individual time trial at this year’s USCF Junior Road Cycling Championships in Gainesville, Florida, and Caldwell’s teammate at junior track worlds, Tyler Farrar, who took seventh place in the individual pursuit at this year’s world track cycling championships.

Magen Long is another up-and-comer who demonstrated her prowess at the mountain bike world’s, finishing fifth in the junior cross-country. Long won a national title in the individual time trial at junior nationals this summer.

Sarah Hammer, silver medalist in the women’s individual pursuit at junior track worlds, scored a spot on the team as well.

2001 U.S. world road cycling championships team

Elite Men
Antonio Cruz, Long Beach, California (road race)
Damon Kluck, Scotts Valley, California (road race)
Levi Leipheimer, Santa Rosa, California (time trial and road race)
Chann McRae, Austin, Texas (road race)
Fred Rodriguez, Emeryville, California (road race)
Jonathan Vaughters, Denver, Colorado (time trial and road race)

Elite Women
Katrina Berger, Canyon Country, California (road race)
Kimberly Bruckner, Boulder, Colorado (time trial and road race)
Mari Holden, Colorado Springs, Colorado (time trial and road race)
Amber Neben, Irvine, California (road race)
Kim Smith, Colorado Springs, Colorado (road race)
Lara Ruthven, Austin, Texas (road race)

Under 23 Men
Michael Creed, Colorado Springs, Colorado (time trial and road race)
Walker Ferguson, Norwood, Colorado (road race)
Patrick McCarty, Allen, Texas (road race)
Danny Pate, Colorado Springs, Colorado (time trial and road race)

Junior Men
Nieko Biskner, Santa Barbara, California (road race)
Blake Caldwell, Boulder, Colorado (time trial and road race)
Tyler Farrar, Wenatchee, Washington (time trial and road race)
Dane Jankowiak, Huntington Beach, California (road race)
Saul Raisin, Dalton, Georgia (road race)

Junior Women
Lauren Franges, Barto, Pennsylvania (road race)
Sarah Hammer, Temecula, California (time trial and road race)
Magen Long, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (time trial and road race)