"This is very disappointing for me, but I have decided not to race Worlds," Olds said. "I have been having serious knee pain for the second half of the season. I continued to race hoping that it would be better, but without having the specific training for Worlds, I would not be able to deliver the effort the race demands.
"I was feeling much better last week, but after Toscana finished it flared up again and I have not been able to train. I am certain that I will not be able to do the proper training to be ready for the road race in less than two weeks, and that is why I have decided not to race. I believe someone else will be able to support the team better than me and I would like to give up my spot."
— Olds Withdraws From USA Worlds Team, Replaced By Dvorak | Cyclingnews.com
The RAI coverage is on Youtube in 4 parts - you can either start at Part 1, and let the playlist run through, to see it all at once, or click through to Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4, the sprinting endgame, with English interviews with Vos
"The Giro Rosa starts on 30th June! And in the final set of rider Q&As about what they are hoping for the race, and advice for first-time riders, we have a two multiple World Champions and three current National Champions - one of whom is facing the Giro for the very first time…"
What do riders think about the 2013 Giro Rosa? Part 4 - Podium Cafe
My final set of rider Q&As - Ellen van Dijk, Giorgia Bronzini, Shelley Olds, Emilia Fahlin and Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen.
If you want to follow the Giro as it happens, here’s my guide to tv, twitter, blogs, websites & more