Owain Doull will be back in action this today in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, fresh from his break-out performance in the Tour of Britain, where he placed third overall and claimed the points classification for Team Wiggins.
Cardiff-born Doull, 22, will join current British under-23 time trial champion and fellow Welshman Scott Davies in contesting the U23 men’s test against the clock in Richmond, Virginia, USA, in Great Britain colours.
Doull turned down a place on WorldTour team Europcar to join British-based Team Wiggins for 2015. In addition to his Tour of Britian podium appearance, he has won two stages of Flèche du Sud, and placed second in Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux and La Cote Picardie. He won the British U23 road race, and placed second in the time trial behind Davies.
Davies, 20, placed 12th in the Tour de Yorkshire in May, and 10th overall in the Herald Sun Tour in Australian in February.
Last year’s U23 TT winner Campbell Flakemore (Australia) is now too old for the category. Irish talent Ryan Mullen – silver medallist last year – is one of the top-seeded riders for the time trial.
After the time trial, Doull and Davies will line up for the U23 men’s road race on Friday alongside fellow Brits Tao Geoghegan Hart, Alex Peters and Gabriel Cullaigh. The team represents one of Britain’s strongest possibilities for a medal at the 2015 Worlds. The U23 TT kicks off at 4.30pm UK time (11.30am local time).
Prior to the U23 men’s time trial, the cream of the world’s junior women will test themselves against the clock. Britain is represented by Abby-Mae Parkinson and Elizabeth Holden. Silver medallist from 2014, Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark), is the top-seeded rider as last year’s winner, Macey Stewart (Australia), is absent.