Chris Froome has withdrawn from Wednesday’s World Championship individual time trial, and will instead concentrate his efforts on Sunday’s road race.

British Cycling confirmed on Monday that Froome would not take part in the TT event in Limburg, Netherlands. The British rider has had a heavy schedule over the summer, coming second in the Tour de France in July, winning bronze in the Olympic Games time trial and then placing fourth in the Vuelta a Espana earlier this month.

Froome was seen as a contender for a podium position in the individual time trial event.

GB will now be solely represented by Alex Dowsett in the men’s TT with no late replacement for Froome. Tour de France winner and Olympic TT champion Bradley Wiggins had already said that he would not take part in the time trial, and will also focus on the road race.

Tour of Britain winner Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is also part of Britain’s nine-man road race team alongside 2011 champion Mark Cavendish, Wiggins, Froome, Dowsett, Ben Swift, Vuelta stage winner Steve Cummings, Tour of Britain stage winner Luke Rowe and British national champion Ian Stannard.

The gruelling 261-kilometre World Championship road race takes place on undulating course. Cavendish is not expected to be in contention to defend his rainbow jersey, but no clear plan has been suggested by British Cycling as to who the squad’s team leader will be. At least, not out in the open…

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  • Cliff

    Presumably, Mark, if you’d be happy for Millar to get a medal you didn’t mind Vino winning the Olympics?

  • Mark Jones

    This seems disrespectful towards the race and I’d have thought David Millar stood a good chance of getting a medal with so many contenders out.

  • Nigel Scales

    I’m a Cav fan and I know it’s usual for the previous winner of an event to defend their title, but given that the course for the Worlds Road Race can vary so widely year to year I can’t help wondering whether we should automatically follow that model.

    Unless Cav really thinks he can have a crack at winning in Limburg (and I’d love to see it) , does it really make sense to waste a spot in the road race in the name of tradition?? – just seems to add an element of confusion.