Cavendish back from illness to contest road race, Wiggo targets time trial

British Cycling has this morning announced the team for the UCI Road World Championships which start in Mendrisio, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Mark Cavendish, who withdrew from the Tour of Missouri earlier this month with a lung infection returns in a strong line-up for the men's road race, with team mates including David Millar and Roger Hammond, fresh from the Vuelta, and several riders who have just completed the Tour of Britain including Ben Swift, winner of Stage 7.

Chris Froome doubles up in both the men's road race and the individual time trial, where he will be joined by Bradley Wiggins who will be aiming to swap his British national champion's jersey for a rainbow-striped one.

Meanwhile, Nicole Cooke defends her world champion's jersey in the women's road race, while in the individual time trial Emma Pooley, Olympic silver medallist in Beijing in the event but 8th in last year's world championships, will be looking to top the podium to cap an outstanding season.

The full press release from British Cycling with details of the riders selected for each event is as follows:


British Cycling has today announced the team who will be competing in the forthcoming 2009 UCI RoadWorld Championships held in Mendrisio, Switzerlandfrom the 23 – 27 September.

The squad, who between them boast a selection of Olympic, World and National Championship titles, includes Bradley Wiggins who finished fourth in this year’s Tour de France and the defending World Champion Nicole Cooke.

Rod Ellingworth, British Cycling’s Olympic Podium Coach, has named a ten man squad for the Elite Men’s Road Race with the final decision of who will make up the nine man team to be made by Thursday.

Elite Men’s Road Race

Mark Cavendish

Stephen Cummings

Russ Downing

Chris Froome

Roger Hammond

Dan Lloyd

David Millar

Ian Stannard

Ben Swift

Geraint Thomas


Elite Men’s Time Trial

Chris Froome

Bradley Wiggins


Elite Women’s Road Race

Lizzie Armitstead

Katie Colclough

Nicole Cooke

Nikki Harris


Lucy Martin

Emma Pooley


Elite Women’s Time Trial

Wendy Houvenaghel

Emma Pooley


Under 23 Men’s Road Race

Mark Christian

Peter Kennaugh

Jonny McEvoy

Luke Rowe

Erick Rowsell


Under 23 Men’s Time Trial

Alex Dowsett

Andy Fenn

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.