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Packed field at World Championships

Updated: September 27, 2010, 6:27 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

It's fitting that a wildly tumultuous cycling season would come to a close with a wide-open World Championships. The men's, women's and under-23 races will roll out this week in Melbourne and Geelong, Australia -- the first time the championships have been held in that country and only the fourth time in the last 20 years the event has taken place outside Europe.

The U.S. will field a strong young team that has a legitimate shot at the elite road race, a 163-mile jaunt that starts ...

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