David Millar will captain the Great Britain team at the World Championships for one last time this year. Millar, who retires at the end of the season, is one of the nine men selected to represent GB at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships road race later this month.
“Chris proved he’s in good shape by coming second at the Vuelta and I’m pleased David Millar will be leading the team in his last outing in Great Britain kit,” said GB technical director Shane Sutton.
As yet, no indication has been given as to who will fill the role of team leader, or leaders, during the race, although the undulating course looks to suit the talents of Swift. The GB team will be undoubtedly be looking to improve on last year’s performance in Florence, when none of its riders finished the race.
World Cup winner Lizzie Armitstead goes into the women’s road race as one of the favourites for a podium place, and she is supported by Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Anna Christian, Lucy Garner and Annie Last. Alice Barnes and Last make the switch to road from mountain biking.
Sutton said: “Lizzie Armitstead has a great team around her including two mountain bikers who should be able to support her on the reasonably hilly course.”
Last year’s silver medallist Bradley Wiggins and Alex Dowsett solely concentrate on the elite time trial, with neither doubling up in the road race. As previously announced, there are no British women taking part in the elite time trial.
“Sir Brad showed great form at the Tour of Britain this year, winning the time trial stage, and of course Alex did a fantastic ride to win the time trial at the Commonwealth Games so it will be interesting to see how they get on,” said Sutton.
Under-23 and junior teams are well represented, with Tour of Britain competitors Tao Geoghagen Hart and Dan McLay both in the under-23 men’s road race.
Dave Brailsford has been appointed to manage the team during the championships as Sutton is on duty at the National Track Championships.
The 2014 UCI Road World Championships take place in Ponferrada, Spain, over September 21-28.
Great Britain Cycling Team for 2014 UCI Road World Championships
Men’s elite road race
Men’s elite time trial
Sir Bradley Wiggins
Women’s elite road race
Under-23 men’s road race
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Under-23 men’s time trial
Junior men’s road race
Junior men’s time trial
Junior women’s road race
Junior women’s time trial
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List of events taking place at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, over September 21-28