It's Cavendish or Stannard for final Worlds place

Mark Cavendish, Tour of Missouri 2009, stage 2

British Cycling coach Rod Ellingworth has confirmed Cycling Weekly's earlier story that the final place in the World Championship road race team is between Mark Cavendish and Ian Stannard.

Eight riders have been confirmed today (Monday). David Millar (Garmin), Steve Cummings, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas (all Barloworld), Russell Downing (CandiTV), Roger Hammond, Dan Lloyd (Cervélo) and Ben Swift (Katusha) will all ride Sunday's 262-kilometre race on a hilly circuit in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.