Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Peter Kennaugh have all opted out of riding the 2012 British National Championships road race as they prepare for the forthcoming Tour de France and/or Olympic Games.

Team Sky confirmed on Monday morning that Alex Dowsett, Jeremy Hunt, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Ben Swift will represent the squad at the National Champs in North Yorkshire on Sunday, June 25.

Last year’s national champion Wiggins commences his bid to win the Tour de France less than a week after the National Champs, and the race simply doesn’t fit into his pre-Tour training schedule. Cavendish too will be aiming to defend his green jersey at the Tour fresh from winning the Ster ZLM Toer in Holland on Sunday. Froome will be supporting both riders at the Tour.

Thomas will miss the Tour de France this year, but is preparing on the track as part of Team GB’s team pursuit line-up with Peter Kennaugh.

“In an ideal world we’d have our full British contingent competing, but with the Tour de France and Olympics now very much on the horizon, it simply isn’t possible,” said Sky coach Rod Ellingworth.

“Bradley, Chris and Mark are all fine-tuning their condition ahead of a busy summer on the road, while Pete and Geraint are now mid-way through a crucial block of Olympic track training.”

The 2012 Tour de France starts on Saturday June 30 in Liege, Belgium.

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  • sheldon

    My money is on Stannard very strong powerful rider, who will be given his day. I predict he will breakaway early on with Hunt and JTL. These 3 will ride away from the rest with Russ D and House leading the others. Scott for the under 23 title.
    Hunt for the crit champs in Otley tomorrow, knocking on a bit but still very fast(Beverley sprint last year). This rider has been there and done the lot.

  • Mark Jones

    I would like to see Scott Thwaites win it, but it depends how strong he is after the Tour Series though it didn’t affect Kristian House three years ago so maybe he has a chance. Endura will have a strong team with eight riders, so they could produce a winner between them. JTL has just came through the Route du Sud after his injury, so he might be up for it.

  • Tim Howcroft

    My money’s on Jeremy Hunt. Been around along time, can climb, got a great sprint (remember Beverley last year) and can pull this one off. May even do the double and win Otley Town Centre (National Crit Champs) on wednesday. Just hope he,s injury free.

  • Tom

    Scott Thwaites anyone?

  • Mark Jones

    This gives the other riders and teams more of a chance. I feel Russell Hampton could be a good outsider for this year.