Who should ride for Great Britain in the road race at the World Championships in Switzerland?

Britain will have nine riders in the elite men’s road race in Mendrisio on September 27. It’s the biggest GB team since 12 riders lined up in Ronse, Belgium, in 1988.

But who should be in the team?

Last week 12 riders travelled to Mendrisio for a two-day training camp with British Cycling coach Rod Ellingworth. Bradley Wiggins and David Millar are also in the frame but were unable to travel because of other commitments.

The final nine will be chosen around ten days before the Worlds. The road race is 265km long and features almost 4,600 metres of climbing.

Who would be in your Great Britain World Championship team? We list the 14 riders in contention. Make your selection in the ‘add your comments’ section below.

THE LONG LIST
These 14 riders are in the frame for the team. Only nine can ride. Who would you select?

JONNY BELLIS
Saxo Bank
Age: 21 on August 16
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Best results in 2009
8th Tour de Rijke
7th stage one, Bayern Rundfahrt
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
None

MARK CAVENDISH
Columbia-HTC
Age: 24
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Best results in 2009
1st Milan-San Remo
Six Tour de France stage wins
Three Giro d’Italia stage wins
11 other wins
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2007 – DNF

STEVE CUMMINGS
Barloworld
Age: 28
Birthplace: Clatterbridge, Wirral
Best results in 2009
Stage win, Giro del Capo
5th Giro di Reggio Calabria
7th Trofeo Laigueglia
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2008 – DNF
2005 – DNF

RUSSELL DOWNING
CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta
Age: 31 on August 23
Birthplace: Rotherham
Best results in 2009
1st overall, Tour of Ireland
Stage win, Tour of Ireland
Stage win, Cinturon Mallorca
7th overall, FBD Insurance Ras
8th East Midlands Classic
9th overall, Cinturon Mallorca
Four Premier Calendar wins
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2008 – 47th
2006 – DNF

DAN FLEEMAN
Cervélo Test Team
Age: 27
Birthplace: Yoxall, Staffordshire
Best results in 2009
16th GP di Lugano
22nd overall, Tour of Langkawi
27th GP Miguel Indurain
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
None

ROGER HAMMOND
Cervélo Test Team
Age: 35
Birthplace: Oxford
Best results in 2009
Stage win, Tour of Qatar
3rd overall, Tour of Denmark
3rd overall, Tour of Qatar
5th National Road Race Championships
11th Dwars Door Vlaanderen
13th Tour of Flanders
15th Paris-Roubaix
18th overall, Bayern Rundfahrt
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2007 – DNF
2006 – 62nd
2005 – 41st
2003 – 85th
1998 – DNF

JEREMY HUNT
Cervélo Test Team
Age: 35
Birthplace: Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Best results in 2009
Stage win, Tour of Denmark
3rd Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
5th Delta Tour Zeeland
10th Ghent-Wevelgem
19th Paris-Roubaix
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
None

DAN LLOYD
Cervélo Test Team
Age: 29
Birthplace: Surrey
Best results in 2009
2nd National Road Race Championship
4th overall Tour of Qatar
9th Monte Paschi Eroica
13th Giro dell’Insubria
28th Ghent-Wevelgem
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
None

DAVID MILLAR
Garmin-Slipstream
Age: 32
Birthplace: Mtarfa, Malta
Best results in 2009
3rd stage four, Dauphiné Libéré
5th stage 18, Tour de France
5th stage one, Paris-Nice
9th overall, Dauphiné Libéré
10th overall, Tour of the Algarve
16th overall, Tour of the Mediterranean
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2008 – DNF
2007 – 54th
2006 – 35th
2003 – 86th
2002 – DNF
2001 – DNF

CHRIS FROOME
Barloworld
Age: 24
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Best results in 2009
Stage win, Giro del Capo
3rd, stage six Tour of the Mediterranean
4th National Road Race Championships
14th overall, Tour of the Mediterranean
18th overall, Vuelta a Burgos
36th overall, Giro d’Italia
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2008 – DNF

IAN STANNARD
ISD
Age: 22
Birthplace: Chelmsford
Best results in 2009
46th Tour of Austria
160th Giro d’Italia
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2008 – DNF

BEN SWIFT
Katusha
Age: 21
Birthplace: Rotherham
Best results in 2009
2nd Nokere Koerse
2nd, stage five, Tour of the Basque Country
3rd, stage two Giro d’Italia
3rd, stage two, Tour of the Basque Country
4th, stage four, Tour of the Basque Country
5th, stage one Criterium International
6th stage six, Tour of Austria
8th GP di Lugano
8th, stage 13 Giro d’Italia
9th, stage one Tour of Austria
10th GP dell’Insubria
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
None

GERAINT THOMAS
Barloworld
Age: 23
Birthplace: Cardiff
Best results in 2009
31st GP dell’Insubria
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2008 – DNF

BRADLEY WIGGINS
Garmin-Slipstream
Age: 29
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Best results in 2009
4th overall Tour de France
1st, stage three Three Days of De Panne
2nd, stage 21 Giro d’Italia
2nd, stage one Paris-Nice
2nd, stage three Criterium International
3rd, stage one Tour de France
5th, stage 15 Tour de France
6th, stage 18 Tour de France
7th, stage 12 Giro d’Italia
23rd Ghent-Wevelgem
25th Paris-Roubaix
Previous World Championships elite road race experience
2005 – 112th

WHO SHOULD RIDE? Pick your nine-man team and enter it in the ‘add your comments’ section below.