Mark Cavendish left off of Great Britain's long list for UCI Road World Championships in Spain
Last Updated: 05/09/14 12:58pm
Mark Cavendish will not take part in the UCI Road World Championships in Spain later this month after being left out of British Cycling's initial squad.
Cavendish, the 2011 world road race champion, required shoulder surgery after crashing at the Tour de France in July and would not be suited to the hilly men's road race course, which contains 28 climbs in 254.8km.
He tweeted: "For clarification, I requested NOT to be considered for this years World Champs, With the current GB riders, there's better guys for the job."
Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins are among 14 riders in the running for places in the eight-man line-up for the men's road race, with Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard and Simon and Adam Yates among those also named.
Froome has opted against putting his name forward for the individual time trial, and in his absence, Wiggins will face off against Alex Dowsett, Steve Cummings and Thomas for one of the two spots on offer.
Newly crowned Commonwealth road race champion Lizzie Armitstead is set to lead Great Britain in the women’s road race, with Sharon Laws, Lucy Garner and mountain bike specialist Annie Last among the eight riders competing for the remaining five places in the team.
The world championships take place in Ponferrada, in north-western Spain, from September 21-28.
British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton said: “I’m pleased with the long list of riders we have selected for the UCI Road World Championships, and we are fortunate to have a strong pool of riders from which to make our final selection.
“It’s good to see Annie Last and Alice Barnes from the Olympic mountain bike squad named on the long list, as they could both prove to be assets to Lizzie given the hilly nature of the course, and it shows how we are developing riders.”
Great Britain long list
Men’s elite road race (eight places available): Steve Cummings, Alex Dowsett, Andy Fenn, Chris Froome, Pete Kennaugh, David Millar, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Scott Thwaites, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Adam Yates, Simon Yates.
Men’s elite time trial (two places available): Alex Dowsett, Steve Cummings, Geraint Thomas, Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Women’s elite road race (six places available): Lizzie Armitstead, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Anna Christian, Lucy Coldwell, Lucy Garner, Nikki Harris, Annie Last, Sharon Laws.
Under-23 men’s road race (five places available): Hugh Carthy, Scott Davies, Owain Doull, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Dan McLay, Tom Moses, Dan Pearson, Alex Peters.
Under-23 men’s time trial: Scott Davies, Jon Dibben.
Junior men’s road race: Gabriel Cullaigh, Nathan Draper, Matt Gibson, James Shaw, Steve Williams.
Junior men’s time trial: Matt Gibson.
Junior women’s road race: Megan Barker, Grace Garner, Beth Hayward, Mel Lowther.
Junior women’s time trial: Grace Garner, Mel Lowther.