British Cycling confirms line-ups for UCI Road World Championships next week
Six Team Sky riders plus David Millar to support Mark Cavendish in his rainbow jersey bid in Copenhagen
British Cycling has confirmed the riders who will represent the country at the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen next week. Mark Cavendish, rumoured to be heading to Team Sky for 2012, is supported by six of its riders, plus Garmin Cervelo’s David Millar. The latter also contests the time trial, where he took silver last year, alongside Bradley Wiggins. Emma Pooley defends her rainbow jersey in the women’s time trial and also rides the road race alongside 2008 world champion Nicole Cooke.
Cavendish is bidding to become only the second British male professional cyclist to take the rainbow jersey in the road race, a feat achieved by the late Tom Simpson in 1965. Millar won the time trial world championship at Hamilton, Canada in 2003, but was stripped of his title after he was banned for doping.
With only two places available in the men's time trial, there's no place for Team Sky's Alex Dowsett, and the 22-year-old from Essex also misses out on a place in the road race team.
Besides Pooley and Cooke, the women's road race line-up also features 22-year-old Lizzie Armistead, a multiple world champion on the track and now also enjoying success since switching to the road, including a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last year behind Australia's Rochelle Gilmore.
The line-up confirmed by British Cycling for all events is shown below, and full details of next week’s championships can be found on the Copenhagen 2011 website.
Elite Men’s Road Race
Elite Men’s Time Trial
Elite Women’s Road Race
Catherine Williamson (nee Hare)
Elite Women’s Time Trial
U23 Men’s Road Race
U23 Men’s Time Trial
Junior Men’s Road Race
Junior Men’s Time Trial
Junior Women’s Road Race
Junior Women’s Time Trial