Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal and Svein Tuft will lead Canada's team at the UCI Road World Championships starting Sunday in Limburg, the Netherlands.

The championships open with the team time trial and close Sept. 23 with the elite men's road race.

Victoria's Hesjedal and Tuft, from Langley, B.C., will be joined by Francois Parisien of Repentigny, Que., and David Veilleux of Cap Rouge, Que., in the road race.

Tuft will also be racing the individual time trial.

"We have more depth than ever to select our teams for major international events ... We are travelling to Limburg to be competitive and have a shot at winning," Canadian men's coach Gord Fraser said in a statement.

Canada is entering five in the women's road race: Joelle Numainville of Montreal, Leah Kirchmann of Winnipeg, Lex Albrecht of Barrie, Ont., Veronique Labonte of La Guadeloupe, Que., and Karol-Ann Canuel of Amos, Que.

Rhae-Christie Shaw of Amherstburg, Ont., will join Numainville in the individual time trial.

Canada is also sending Espoir (under-23) and junior teams.