Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the World Championships because of poor race form after illness in the Tour of Missouri.

Cavendish was unable to train as he wanted after suffering from a lung infection in the States and although still on the GB list until today, finally opted to pull out.

GB men’s road coach Rod Ellingworth said “Mark doesn’t feel he could contribute and do a good job, he didn’t want to hold the team back. It’s a little disappointing for the team, but Mark did the right thing. Like other riders have done he took a step back for the good of the squad.”

“Ian Stannard has come in to replace him. Ian went back to Tuscany after the Tour of Bitain and kept training so he can fit in smoothly. It’s something we’ve worked on this year, everybody in the team including the reserves have all been prepared with contingency plans, just in case anything happened.”

A questionmark remains whether Cavendish will return to racing in October or if he will simply call it a day for 2009.

“At the moment nothing else is planned,” Ellingworth said, “but it’s up his team to decide his program.”

The starting nine are:

Stephen Cummings
Russ Downing
Chris Froome
Roger Hammond
Dan Lloyd
David Millar
Ian Stannard
Ben Swift
Geraint Thomas

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Under-23 Men Time Trial

Women’s and under-23 men’s time trials as they happened



Men Time Trial gallery by Graham Watson

External links

Road World Championships 2009 official website

Union Cycliste Internationale website


  • Mark T

    Yes, Millar is a backmarker, who came… errr…. first in the Vuelta time trial not more than two weeks ago.

    Do your homework.

  • Carl Ayscough

    The sport of cycling needs to move o0n and the only way is to get rid of the cheats and not to put them on a pedestal. If Millar had not had the law breating down his neck then he would still be cheating now. Look at his results after his ban. He is a backmarker!!! Putting him as captain could taint the whole of BC. Cut him loose and continue with the domination as on the track. Work not drugs will achieve this!!!!

  • Malc Hill

    Move on ! I`m surprised you 2 haven`t sold up and packed up in protest. Good luck, Dave and the team !

  • Imogen Baxter

    My thoughts exactly: why is a drug cheat the team captain??? Dave Brailsford should walk his talk. How can the British federation build a professional team with a clean image when the man in charge picks a drug cheat to be captain of the national squad??

  • Carl Ayscough

    Come on boys, do it for britain. Glad to see Russ Downing has achieved a place in the team after another cracking domestic season – well deserved. Why should Millar, a drug cheat be team captain. Is this the image that BC wish to portray for the nation including the future team Sky??? Good luck boys!