Quinn Simmons explains why he skips the world championships

QUEBEC CITY, Canada (VN) — Quinn Simmons won the ‘baby’ world title in 2019, but he won’t be returning there this month to chase the elite men’s rainbow jersey in Wollongong.

The Trek-Segafredo rider, who lines up this weekend in Quebec City and Montreal for a pair of one-day races, told USA Cycling coaches he wants to skip the 2022 road world championships.

“If I’m being honest, I’m just tired,” Simmons said BikeNews. “I want to be there, and I want to aim for a good result in the national jersey. This is one of the biggest goals of my career. I called Jim Miller and was honest with him. I didn’t feel mentally or physically that I was on the level to get a result.

Citing fatigue and the impacts of a long racing season that included a few bouts of illness as well as his Tour de France debut, Simmons said he didn’t want to race the worlds if he wasn’t going to be in his best possible condition. .

“Sunday we have 250km, and Monday morning we fly to Australia and then I have a few more races in Europe to do. That’s a lot,” he said. “It would be a nice trip, because I’ve never been to Australia, but I don’t want to go there and just roll over and get dumped.”

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Quinn Simmons checks out her bike before a practice in Canada this week. (Photo: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old rider placed eighth in the Maryland Cycling Classic last weekend and will race the Canadian one-day races in Quebec City and Montreal before returning to Europe to contest the fall classics.

The thought of traveling all the way to Australia when he just didn’t feel like he had winning legs just wasn’t worth it.

Unlike some other teams who are facing relegation, Trek-Segafredo are safely in the middle of the WorldTour pack, so they are freeing up their riders to race in Wollongong.

For Simmons, however, it was more about fitness and respect for his USA Cycling teammates.

“I don’t want to go just to go and then take a seat from someone who is riding well. It’s not fair,” Simmons said. “It’s no longer that they have trouble finding six good Americans. This is a team you have to fight to be on now. I won the “baby” worlds, and finally I want the real worlds, but this is not the year.

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In 2019, Simmons won the world junior title in Yorkshire and made the jump to the WorldTour aged 18. Last year he made his debut at the elite Men’s Worlds but did not finish in Leuven.

This summer he made his Tour debut, where he was part of several winning breakaways and played a key role in helping groom Mads Pedersen to win Stage 13. Simmons took home the most combative award in the step 19.

Simmons said he would rather finish the Autumn Classics on a high to build on his momentum in 2023 and what will be his fourth pro season than race at Wollongong as he admits he won’t have the legs to claim the podium. .

“On paper, I don’t have the most race days. Every time I run, I fuel up and make it count,” he said. “I think it started to wear me down and the back and forth to Europe. I still have a trip to Europe and I want to end the season on a good level.

Simmons will take part in a series of one-day races to complete the calendar, including Paris-Tours in early October.

“I want to finish the season well,” Simmons said. “It’s the team that pays us, and if the team wants me to be good at the end of the year, that’s what I have to do.”

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