Team Sky’s Rod Ellingworth has confirmed Bradley Wiggins will not ride the road race at the National Championships at the end of the month – contrary to previous reports.
Last week, two sources had told CW that Wiggins, the Team Sky leader, would take part in the championship race in Lancashire on Sunday, June 27.
Then, on Tuesday, the organisers published the start list on its website – with Wiggins the biggest name absent.
Team Sky told CW Wiggins would not ride. However, by the evening, Wiggins had been added to the list.
On Wednesday morning, Ellingworth cleared up the confusion over the issue of whether Wiggins would ride saying “100 per cent not”.
However, Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia), former champion David Millar (Garmin-Transitions), three Cervélo riders and seven from Team Sky have entered and are expected to be on the start line.
Wiggins will not race again until the Tour de France starts in Rotterdam on July 3. Wiggins heads to France next week with Team Sky’s race coach Rod Ellingworth to check out the important climbs of the Alps and the Pyrenees, plus the course for the final time trial in Bordeaux.
However, seven Team Sky riders have entered the Nationals, although Ben Swift and Chris Froome have both been struggling with injuries at the moment and will not race unless they are completely fit.
Kristian House, the defending champion, leads a strong Rapha Condor Sharp team and there are also large squads for the other domestic teams, such as Endura Racing, Sigma Sport Specialized, Motorpoint and Team Raleigh. A full-strength Team 100% ME – the British Cycling Academy team – will also take part.
Cavendish, Adam Blythe, Daniel Lloyd, Jeremy Hunt, Roger Hammond and Millar have all entered. And Jonny Bellis will make his comeback after an horrific scooter crash last year. Although he isn’t expecting to finish the race, just being back on his bike will be a huge step on the road to recovery.
Charly Wegelius, Blythe’s team-mate at the Belgian Omega Pharma-Lotto team, has not entered.
The 180-kilometre race takes place over 15 laps of a tough 7.5-mile circuit in the village of Barley near Nelson.
The women’s start list will be added as it is confirmed but all the big names are expected to be present. Nicole Cooke is aiming for her 11th title – her 10th in a row – but Emma Pooley will also fancy her chances on the hilly course.
MEN’S ROAD RACE – START LIST
Sunday, June 27
Riders in italics are eligible for under-23 title
Rapha Condor Sharp
Kristian House, Matt Cronshaw, Ben Greenwood, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Dean Downing, Tom Southam, Graham Briggs, Chris Newton
Ben Swift, Russell Downing, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Steve Cummings, Peter Kennaugh, Bradley Wiggins (added on Tuesday, June 8, participation TBC)
Daniel Lloyd, Jeremy Hunt, Roger Hammond
James Moss, Callum Wilkinson, Rob Partridge, Rob Hayles, Ian Wilkinson, Sandy King, Gary Hand, James McCallum, Evan Oliphant, David Lines, Scott Thwaites, Ross Creber
James Sampson, Johnny McEvoy, Lee Davis, Ian Bibby, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Malcolm Elliott, Andrew Tennant, Peter Williams
Kieran Frend, Rhys Lloyd, Chris Opie, Jack Adams, David Clarke, Yanto Barker, Steven Lampier
Daniel Shand, Mike Cuming, Richard Handley, Dan Fleeman, Dale Appleby, Tom Barras, James Stewart, Liam Holohan
Matthew Stephens, Simon Richardson, Kit Gilham, James Williamson, Gareth Montgomerie, Tom Murray, Tom Last, Stephen Adams, Phil Sykes
Team 100% ME
Luke Rowe, Mark Christian, Andrew Fenn, Erick Rowsell, George Atkins, Timothy Kennaugh, Christopher Whorrall, Jonathan Mould, Joseph Perrett
Orbea-For Goodness Shakes
Dean Shannon, Kristian Downs, Matt Ewings, Dan Kogan, Andy Lyons, Ben Thompson, Marcel Six, Adam Norris
Team Corley Cycles
Mark Wordsworth, Matthew Higgins, Ashley Cox, Richard Gartland, Simon Gaywood, Chris Mcnamara
Hugh Wilson, Matt Ullmer, Ben Stockdale
Mike Wragg, Will Fox, Joe Skipper, Jack Kirk
Frezza Pasta Montegrappa
David McLean, Gareth Hewitt, Peter-Lee Jefferies
Vince Divine, Andrew Hastings
Llewellyn Kinch, Douglas Dewey
Jack Pullar, Dillon Byrne
Lewis Cowley, Russel Falder
Hope Factory Racing
Mid Devon CC
New Heebra Lombarden
UC Bergamasca-Di Nardi-Colpack
Wielerteam Van Eyck
WOMEN’S ROAD RACE – START LIST
Sunday, June 27
Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley, Sharon Laws
Danielle King, Sarah Storey, Annabel Simpson, Hannah Rich, Alex Greenfield
Team 100% ME
Lucy Martin, Katie Colclough
Claire Beaumont, Tracy Corbett, Rebecca Curley, Katie Fearnehough, Angharad Mason, Natasha Perry, Rachel Przbylski, Catherine Williamson
Halesowen A & CC
Ciara Horne, Jessica Booth, Ella Hopkins
Tamina Oliver, Claire Galloway, Naomi Anderson
Jackie Garner, Alli Holland, Louise Eden
Squadra Donne Bike Food
Iona Sewell, Gail Aspden
Emma Trott, Sarah Reynolds
Sandy Wallace Cycles
Mari Todd, Anda-Jay Burgess
Eileen Rowe, Kate Cullen
CT M. Pinte
Dalbeattie Hardrock CC
High Wycombe CC
Kona FSA Factory Team
BC private members
Redsun Ladies Team
British road race champions: Roll of honour
2009 men’s road race: Kristian House wins in Abergavenny
2009 women’s road race: Nicole Cooke takes her 10th title
National Championships website