Alex Dowsett and Hayley Simmonds will be Great Britain's picks for the UCI World Championships time trial

Mark Cavendish and Ben Swift will likely provide Great Britain with its strongest chance of winning the UCI World Championships men’s road race in Richmond, Virginia, with both named in the nine-man squad.

Five Team Sky riders, including Swift, are part of the nine, with two riders outside of the WorldTour also making the cut. MTN-Qhubeka’s Steve Cummings and Bora-Argon 18’s Scott Thwaites join Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas, Andy Fenn, Luke Rowe and Alex Dowsett in making up the squad.

Movistar’s Dowsett will be GB’s sole rider in the time trial, with reigning champion Sir Bradley Wiggins not returning to defend his title. Dowsett, the four-time British time trial champion, finished 20th in the Worlds last year.

On the women’s side, UCI Women’s World Cup champion Lizzie Armitstead is joined by Lucy Garner, who won a stage on the Route de France in August. Garner’s Liv-Plantur teammate Molly Weaver is also present, as are Alice Barnes and Jessie Walker.

National time trial champion Hayley Simmonds will be the rider representing GB against the clock in Richmond.

In the U23 race, Team Wiggins’s Owain Doull will ride alongside Scott Davies, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Alex Peters and Gabriel Cullaigh.

Elite men

Ian Stannard, Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Stephen Cummings, Geraint Thomas, Andy Fenn, Luke Rowe, Scott Thwaites, Alex Dowsett

Elite women

Lizzie Armitstead, Lucy Garner, Alice Barnes, Molly Weaver, Jessie Walker, Hayley Simmonds

Under-23 men

Owain Doull, Scott Davies, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Alex Peters, Gabriel Cullaigh

Junior men

Nathan Draper, Joey Walker, Joe Holt

Junior women

Lizzie Holden, Grace Garner, Abby Mae Parkinson, Ellie Dickinson

  • Mark Webster

    If Cav has been selected the route had better be pan flat to keep the manx man from throwing another tantrum about hills!

  • Dave Smith

    Unavailable…PK’s girlfriend is expecting a child on the day of the race.

  • markholds

    If the course is like the national road race championship, then it’s a bit surprising Kenaugh isn’t in the team either. I assume he hasn’t really recovered from the Tour.

  • William

    They’re climbers. The course wouldn’t suit them.

  • Great to see Nay, Joey and Joe all get the Junior nod. RST is a brilliant team

  • Edvid

    I take it Cummings wasn’t selected for the men’s elite ITT then? That seems odd since all federations can enter two riders each.

    He was top 10 in the Tour and Vuelta ITTs – if BC are serious about earning an additional berth in the Olympic ITT (to go with the berth they’ll earn for finishing in the top 15 of the 2015 WT nation rankings), they should exercise that second WCh berth.


    Regarding the women’s elite ITT, I’m glad that Simmonds has officially been selected.

  • markholds

    What about the Yates brothers?

  • Aurelio

    Hope Cavendish is ok after crashing out of Tour of Britain.