Paris: Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez has been left out of the Spanish squad for next week`s world cycling championships as Spain bank on a massive sprint finish on the Copenhagen course.
Sanchez, as well as in-form Joaquim Rodriguez and Vuelta champion Juan Jose Cobo, did not feature in coach Jose Luis De Santos`s nine-man squad for the men`s road race.
"Obviously I had to pick a different type of riders than the previous years, leaving out riders who would have been important in other circumstances like Samuel, `Purito` or even Cobo," De Santos told the Spanish federation`s website.
Three-times Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has already said he will miss the world championships.
Spain will pin their hopes on one-day race specialist Oscar Freire, who already has three world titles to his name, and sprint ace Jose Joaquin Rojas, who was second in the points classification on this year`s Tour de France.
The world championships will be held in Copenhagen from Sept 19-25, with the men`s race scheduled for Sept 25.