British Cycling has announced that Lizzie Armitstead, who took Olympic silver in the road race last month behind Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, is out of this Saturday's world championship road race in Limburg due to illness.
In a brief statement, the giverning body confirmed that "the team have decided not to call in a reserve rider at this stage."
That means that Great Britain will be represented by five riders in the race - fomer world and Olympic champion Nicole Cooke, Emma Pooley, who missed out on a time trial medal yesterday, finishing fourth, current British national champion Sharon Laws plus Katie Colclough and Nikki Harris.
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.