Who should ride for Great Britain in the road race at the World Championships in Switzerland?



Britain will have nine riders in the elite men’s road race in Mendrisio on September 27. It’s the biggest GB team since 12 riders lined up in Ronse, Belgium, in 1988.

But who should be in the team?



Last week 12 riders travelled to Mendrisio for a two-day training camp with British Cycling coach Rod Ellingworth. Bradley Wiggins and David Millar are also in the frame but were unable to travel because of other commitments.



The final nine will be chosen around ten days before the Worlds. The road race is 265km long and features almost 4,600 metres of climbing.

Who would be in your Great Britain World Championship team? We list the 14 riders in contention. Make your selection in the ‘add your comments’ section below.



THE LONG LIST

These 14 riders are in the frame for the team. Only nine can ride. Who would you select?



JONNY BELLIS

Saxo Bank

Age: 21 on August 16

Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man

Best results in 2009

8th Tour de Rijke

7th stage one, Bayern Rundfahrt

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

None



MARK CAVENDISH

Columbia-HTC

Age: 24

Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man

Best results in 2009

1st Milan-San Remo

Six Tour de France stage wins

Three Giro d’Italia stage wins

11 other wins

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2007 – DNF



STEVE CUMMINGS

Barloworld

Age: 28

Birthplace: Clatterbridge, Wirral

Best results in 2009

Stage win, Giro del Capo

5th Giro di Reggio Calabria

7th Trofeo Laigueglia

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2008 – DNF

2005 – DNF



RUSSELL DOWNING

CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta

Age: 31 on August 23

Birthplace: Rotherham

Best results in 2009

1st overall, Tour of Ireland

Stage win, Tour of Ireland

Stage win, Cinturon Mallorca

7th overall, FBD Insurance Ras

8th East Midlands Classic

9th overall, Cinturon Mallorca

Four Premier Calendar wins

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2008 – 47th

2006 – DNF



DAN FLEEMAN

Cervélo Test Team

Age: 27

Birthplace: Yoxall, Staffordshire

Best results in 2009

16th GP di Lugano

22nd overall, Tour of Langkawi

27th GP Miguel Indurain

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

None



ROGER HAMMOND

Cervélo Test Team

Age: 35

Birthplace: Oxford

Best results in 2009

Stage win, Tour of Qatar

3rd overall, Tour of Denmark

3rd overall, Tour of Qatar

5th National Road Race Championships

11th Dwars Door Vlaanderen

13th Tour of Flanders

15th Paris-Roubaix

18th overall, Bayern Rundfahrt

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2007 – DNF

2006 – 62nd

2005 – 41st

2003 – 85th

1998 – DNF



JEREMY HUNT

Cervélo Test Team

Age: 35

Birthplace: Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada

Best results in 2009

Stage win, Tour of Denmark

3rd Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

5th Delta Tour Zeeland

10th Ghent-Wevelgem

19th Paris-Roubaix

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

None



DAN LLOYD

Cervélo Test Team

Age: 29

Birthplace: Surrey

Best results in 2009

2nd National Road Race Championship

4th overall Tour of Qatar

9th Monte Paschi Eroica

13th Giro dell’Insubria

28th Ghent-Wevelgem

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

None



DAVID MILLAR

Garmin-Slipstream

Age: 32

Birthplace: Mtarfa, Malta

Best results in 2009

3rd stage four, Dauphiné Libéré

5th stage 18, Tour de France

5th stage one, Paris-Nice

9th overall, Dauphiné Libéré

10th overall, Tour of the Algarve

16th overall, Tour of the Mediterranean

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2008 – DNF

2007 – 54th

2006 – 35th

2003 – 86th

2002 – DNF

2001 – DNF



CHRIS FROOME

Barloworld

Age: 24

Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Best results in 2009

Stage win, Giro del Capo

3rd, stage six Tour of the Mediterranean

4th National Road Race Championships

14th overall, Tour of the Mediterranean

18th overall, Vuelta a Burgos

36th overall, Giro d’Italia

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2008 – DNF



IAN STANNARD

ISD

Age: 22

Birthplace: Chelmsford

Best results in 2009

46th Tour of Austria

160th Giro d’Italia

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2008 – DNF



BEN SWIFT

Katusha

Age: 21

Birthplace: Rotherham

Best results in 2009

2nd Nokere Koerse

2nd, stage five, Tour of the Basque Country

3rd, stage two Giro d’Italia

3rd, stage two, Tour of the Basque Country

4th, stage four, Tour of the Basque Country

5th, stage one Criterium International

6th stage six, Tour of Austria

8th GP di Lugano

8th, stage 13 Giro d’Italia

9th, stage one Tour of Austria

10th GP dell’Insubria

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

None



GERAINT THOMAS

Barloworld

Age: 23

Birthplace: Cardiff

Best results in 2009

31st GP dell’Insubria

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2008 – DNF



BRADLEY WIGGINS

Garmin-Slipstream

Age: 29

Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium

Best results in 2009

4th overall Tour de France

1st, stage three Three Days of De Panne

2nd, stage 21 Giro d’Italia

2nd, stage one Paris-Nice

2nd, stage three Criterium International

3rd, stage one Tour de France

5th, stage 15 Tour de France

6th, stage 18 Tour de France

7th, stage 12 Giro d’Italia

23rd Ghent-Wevelgem

25th Paris-Roubaix

Previous World Championships elite road race experience

2005 – 112th

WHO SHOULD RIDE? Pick your nine-man team and enter it in the ‘add your comments’ section below.