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"I think my teammates get sick of hearing me talk all year about how great Virginia is, and so it's pretty exciting for me to have them come here so I can show off my home state," Ben King said.

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28.10.2014 @ 07:32 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

It’s been only a month since the last World Championships have been concluded, but American Ben King already looks forward to the 2015 edition of the event, which will be held on his home soil in Richmond, Virginia.


The Garmin-Sharp rider is openly excited about an idea of participating in the one of the most important cycling events of the calendar in the city he was born. Even though he currently lives in Charlottesville, King maintained strongly related to Richmond.


"I think my teammates get sick of hearing me talk all year about how great Virginia is, and so it's pretty exciting for me to have them come here so I can show off my home state," said the 25-year-old King, according to CyclingNews. "I hope they'll have a chance to stay a bit longer and also get to see the mountains."


"Richmond is a cool city. I've got family and friends that live on the course. They're excited to be out there."


"What I do is hard to describe to people who've never seen it, so it's special to have people who have been supporting me since I was a junior be able to be out there and share this event with me, assuming I'm there in Richmond if all goes according to plan."


Living only one hour away from the 2015 World Championships host city, the 25-year old American obviously knows next year’s route better than anyone else and shared his opinion on how the race could develop.


"It's going to be interesting. The whole thing is in the city, and I think they've repaved a lot of the roads, so hopefully the surface will be good," he said. "The finish will be interesting. Obviously, Libby Hill will be an element where someone can try something early on."


"Whether it would come back together for the finish is up in the air," said King. "The climbs are close enough to the finish and there is no descent after the last climb. Someone could try an early move and would have a chance to stay away if they had the engine for it."


"However, I think if it comes back together after the last hill, it will be a group sprint. You never know how it's going to be after 260km. It's such a long race. There are only a few Classics that guys are racing that long every year."


Drawing valuable conclusions from this season’s road race winning scenario, King emphasized that lining-up in the event with a bigger team as a host nation will significantly increase chances of the US squad as.


"You have other countries with less riders who will try suicide moves which can be hard even for the most organized teams to control," said King. "It's the Worlds after all. Anything can happen. No one really knows what to expect - it's a race."


"Having more riders will play into our hands. The US team has a cohesive group of guys who like each other and get along off the bike. I think a team that's organized, cohesive and functional will change the strategy of the race. We saw that in Copenhagen at the Worlds when the British riders rallied around Mark Cavendish and controlled the race from start to finish."


"It'd also be cool if we had someone in the break. I'd like it to be me with the race being so close to home."


The Garmin-Sharp rider pointed out that healthy Taylor Phinney would be their best card to play next September in Richmond, but as the young American is still recovering from fractures sustained in national championships, they might have to consider different options.


"Before his accident this year, Taylor Phinney was one of the favorites. He's good at the Classics and can do long, hard races. We'll see how he recover. He could be our guy."


"Alex [Howes] has a quick finish and keeps improving from year to year. He had a good finish this year at Worlds. This course could suit him, but we might have to try something outside the box."


"It may fall into the hands of some of us to soften the field a bit. If we don't have a guy who can win in a sprint finish, we'll have to try some long bombs, some hail Marys to get out in front with a group from which we could win."



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