Champions who may never become world champions

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09/25/2013| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
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Champions who may never become world champions

The UCI is awarding rainbow jerseys at the Road World Championships this week, but there are some riders who deserve one regardless.

can't become World Champion - he just needs that one bit of luck to make it happen.

Another guy who deserves to win a world championship on the road is Team BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney. Sure he's got the natural attributes that have rewarded him with world championship victories (track - individual pursuit 2009, 2010), but he deserves a road rainbow jersey because he's got personality - something pro cycling is severally lacking, unfortunately.

Just a quick glance at Phinney's social media sites (check out his Vine account) and you'll see what I'm talking about. On my podcast, TourChats, his BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter was a guest and he confirmed what I already knew - what you see on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine is the real Phinney. I appreciate this unfiltered approach and cycling can only benefit from riders like Phinney instead of the ones that flip you off, drop an f-bomb, or generally can't answer a simple yes or no question.

There are plenty more riders in both the past and the present that have deserved a special jersey.  Unfortunately, this week’s Road World Championships are only focusing on one day efforts. Who knows, maybe sooner than later Tuft, Chavanel, or Phinney will win the coveted world championship rainbow jersey. We still have the time trial and road race coming up and 2013 Worlds mascot Pinocchio is standing by in Florence, Italy, ready to congratulate the winners.

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