Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas has been called up to the World Championship team to replace Mark Cavendish, who announced his withdrawal last night.

The 22-year-old Barloworld rider joins Steve Cummings, David Millar, Chris Froome, Ian Stannard and Russell Downing in the six-man team for the road race in Varese, Italy, on September 28.

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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.