British Cycling announces squads for this month's UCI Road World Championships

Wiggins to miss time trial, Jon Tiernen-Locke named in long list for men's road race

by Simon_MacMichael   September 3, 2012  

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British Cycling has announced its long list of riders for the 2012 UCI Road World Championships which will be held from 15-23 September in Limburg, the Netherlands.

Defending world champion Mark Cavendish is in the 14-man squad for the elite men's road race, although as he himself has acknowledged the course, which features the tough climb of the Cauberg in the finale - a 1.5km ascent at an average gradient of 12 per cent, followed by a 1.7km run to the line - means there is no prospect of him successfully defending his title.

Six of the seven riders who helped Cavendish clinch that rainbow jersey in Copenhagen 12 months ago are in the squad, the exception being the man who acted as road captain that day, David Millar.

The standout name on the list is that of Endura Racing's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who has had a terrific 2012 including early season wins in the Tour Méditerranéen and Tour du Haut Var and who returned to form after breaking his collarbone in May, with another overall win in July's Tour Alsace. Andy Fenn, third in the men's under-23 race last year, is named in the senior squad.

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, who won Olympic gold in the time trial last month, is named in the road race team, but not the time trial, in which he won world championship silver behind Germany's Tony Martin 12 months ago.

Instead, the three men named, of whom two will ride, are Olympic time trial bronze medallist Chris Froome, currently eperiencing a torrid time at the Vuelta, Geraint Thomas, back on the road after helping Great Britain successfully defend its Olympic team pursuit title, and Alex Dowsett, who retained his national time trial championship title yesterday.

Olympic road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead, former world champion Nicole Cooke and current British champion Sharon Laws are named in a 12-strong squad for the elite women's road race, of whom three will ride, and also on that long list are all three of the riders who secured the world championship and Olympic double this year in the individual pursuit - Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott.

Wendy Houvenaghel, the fourth member of the team pursuit squad but who did not get the chance to ride at London last month, is one of four women named for the time trial, having retained her national title yesterday, beating Julia Shaw, also named, for the second year running. Also on the long list are former world champion in the discipline, Emma Pooley, who took bronze last year, and Laws.

Cavendish, of course, wasn't the only British rider to return from Copenhagen with a rainbow jersey - Lucy Garner won the juior women's title and will be defending that in Limburg.

The long list junior men's team, meanwhile, includes Germain Burton, aged 17, who has already amassed a series of prestigious wins in domestic hill climb events and is likely to relish that final climb should he make the final selection.

British Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford commented: “Once again we find ourselves in a very fortunate position of having a strong pool of riders across the board from which we can select the final team nearer the time.

"Brad [Wiggins] has opted out of riding the Time Trial at the Worlds; this year’s focus for him has been fully on the Tour de France and the Olympics, so to expect him to hold form going into the Worlds is a big ask.”

Elite Men – Road Race (9 to start)

Adam Blythe
Mark Cavendish
Steve Cummings
Alex Dowsett
Andy Fenn
Chris Froome
Peter Kennaugh
Jeremy Hunt
Luke Rowe
Ian Stannard
Ben Swift
Jon Tiernan-Locke
Geraint Thomas
Bradley Wiggins

Elite Men – Time Trial (2 to start)

Alex Dowsett
Chris Froome
Geraint Thomas

Elite Women – Road Race (7 to start)

Lizzie Armitstead
Hannah Barnes
Katie Colclough
Nicole Cooke
Catherine Hare
Nikki Harris
Dani King
Sharon Laws
Emma Pooley
Joanna Rowsell
Emma Trott
Laura Trott

Elite Women – Time Trial (2 to start)

Wendy Houvenaghel
Sharon Laws
Emma Pooley
Julia Shaw

U23 Men – Road Race (3 to start)

Mike Cuming
Josh Edmondson
Richard Handley
Ali Slater
Scott Thwaites
Simon Yates

U23 Men – Time Trial (2 to start)

George Atkins
Sam Harrison
Joe Perrett

Junior Men – Road Race (6 to start)

Germain Burton
Hugh Carthy
Jon Dibben
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Ed Laverack
Chris Lawless
Chris Latham
Sam Lowe
Harry Tanfield
Alex Peters
Will Stephenson
Oliver Wood

Junior Men – Time Trial (2 to start)

Jon Dibben
Tao Geoghegan Hart

Junior Women – Road Race (5 to start)

Elinor Barker
Lucy Garner
Emily Kay
Amy Roberts
Jessie Walker
Molly Weaver

Junior Women – Time Trial (2 to start)

Elinor Barker
Amy Roberts

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I thought there was also a team time trial this year or is going to be held separately?

I knew Wiggo had chosen not to ride the TT, but to use the TdF and Olympics as the reason is a bit hard to understand. He wiped everyone out in both. So should still have a TT in his legs yet.

Its not for another few months. Why not use the likes of Tour of Britain to get something back in his legs?

I think its more the course and to give Froome a chance....

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posted by Gkam84 [9315 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 17:13


TTT is for trade teams, so it isn't under BC's remit.


posted by stewieatb [299 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 17:17


Yes, TTT is trade teams so they pick the riders.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9310 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 17:21

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posted by Gkam84 [9315 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 17:23


It would be a tremendous dis-respect if the country holding the World Championship jersey did not allow the current holder to defend his title, regardless of whether the course be suitable or not. Ok, it may be considered a weaker team but Cav is good enough and strong enough to play a big supporting role, my opinion anyway.


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posted by antonio [1096 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 17:48


Good to see young Germain in there. I watched him wipe out the grown-ups in the Cat & Bec last year.

posted by JohnS [198 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 18:01


Is Millar out of form or out of favour?
As Brailsford says though - nice dilemma to be in when you can afford to leave out someone of Millar's stature.
Very strong looking team regardless.

posted by Some Fella [901 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 18:30


To be honest. I never even noticed Millar was missing, He's a good TT guy aswell Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [9315 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 20:32