Scot to support Mark Cavendish in rainbow jersey dream as well as riding time trial

David Millar of Garmin-Transitions has been confirmed as the replacement for Geraint Thomas in Great Britain's three-man team for next month's World Road Race Championships following the Team Sky rider's withdrawal yesterday.

As reported on road.cc yesterday, the Welshman withdrew from the stage saying that the after-effects of the Tour de France meant that he wouldn't be in peak condition for the 263km race between Melbourne and Geelong.

With Millar already travelling to Melbourne to compete in the World Time Trial Championship - a title he won in Canada in 2003 but was subsequently stripped of after confessing to doping - he was an obvious replacement for Thomas, and with Great Britain qualifying only three riders in the race, could play a key role in helping Cavendish achieve his rainbow jersey dreams if the race comes down to a bunch sprint.

The Manxman is hoping to become only the second British male to win the World Road Race Championship since the late Tom Simpson did so in 1965.

Dave Brailsford, British Cycling's Performance Director, said: "Following selection, Geraint was feeling tired in subsequent races and felt the road worlds were out of reach."

He contiuned: "David Millar has now been selected to ride the road race as well as the time-trial and based on his current form we believe he will work well with Jeremy to give Mark the best chance at the road worlds."


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.