David Millar’s focus at next week’s World Championships will remain on the road race, despite his superb victory in the final time trial at the Vuelta a Espana.
Great Britain coach Rod Ellingworth confirmed to CW there were no plans for a change of mind and that Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome would take the two places in Thursday’s time trial in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
Millar has been targeting next Sunday’s road race at the World Championships and his Vuelta time trial win confirms he’s in good form. He will be Great Britain’s team leader in the road race, and will have the support of the other eight riders in red, white and blue.
The team is set to be announced on Monday, but CW understands the remaining question mark is over Mark Cavendish, who had to pull out of the Tour of Missouri with an illness.
Team GB’s management want him to be part of the team, even if he can only ride the first half of the race, so that he is fully involved in the national team set-up. Unless riding would jeopardise his health further, it’s likely he’ll be in.
It is likely the nine-man team will be: David Millar (Garmin), Steve Cummings (Barloworld), Russell Downing (CandiTV), Roger Hammond (Cervélo), Dan Lloyd (Cervélo), Chris Froome (Barloworld), Ben Swift (Katusha), Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) and Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) with Ian Stannard riding if Cavendish is not sufficiently recovered.
Meanwhile, Nicole Cooke, Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead are all expected to be in Great Britain’s seven-strong team for the women’s road race. Peter Kennaugh will lead the under-23 squad.
The full Great Britain line-ups for the road and time trial events at men’s elite, women’s elite and men’s under-23 level are set to be confirmed by British Cycling on Monday.