Mark Cavendish will defend road race title at Worlds

 

Reigning champion Mark Cavendish will compete in the road race at the World Championships after being selected for the event by Great Britain.

The 27-year-old is part of a nine-man team, which also includes Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

2012 Road World Championships highlights

Saturday 15 September: Opening ceremony

Sunday 16 September: Men and women's team time trial, live on red button and BBC Sport website 13:55-16:00

Tuesday 18 September: Women's individual time trial, live on red button and BBC Sport website 14:00-16:15

Wednesday 19 September: Men's individual time trial, live on red button and BBC Sport website 13:55-16:00

Saturday 22 September: Women's road race, Live on red button 13:20-17:00 & BBC1 15:30-16:30

Sunday 23 September: Men's road race, Live on red button 09:35-16:15 & red button & BBC2 15:15-17:00

Froome will also compete in the time trial alongside Alex Dowsett, who was chosen ahead of Wales' Geraint Thomas.

The championships run from 16-23 September in the Netherlands, with the elite races live on the BBC.

Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead is selected as part of the six-strong team for the women's road race.

Wendy Houvenaghel, who recently won the British title, has been chosen for the women's time trial despite criticising her team-mates and describing her non-selection for the Olympic event as "unjust" last month.

Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Wiggins pulled out of the Tour of Britain on Friday because of a stomach bug.

Earlier this month, the 32-year-old withdrew from the individual time trial for the Championships in Limburg, with British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford saying: "To expect Brad to hold form is a big ask.

Cavendish sprints to World title

"Once again we find ourselves in a very fortunate position of having a strong pool of riders across the board. Brad has opted out of riding the time-trial at the worlds. This year's focus for him has been fully on the Tour de France and the Olympics."

Thomas, who was one of the men selected on the GB long-list for the time-trial and road race but not chosen to race in either, will compete for Team Sky in the team time trial, alongside the likes of fellow-Brit Dowsett and Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen.

The team time trial is a new event at this year's World Championships and sees riders competing in the colours of their professional teams, instead of their countries.

Great Britain squad for the 2012 UCI Road World Championships:

Elite men - road race

Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Alex Dowsett, Chris Froome, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Bradley Wiggins

Elite men - time trial

Alex Dowsett, Chris Froome

Elite women - road race

Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Nicole Cooke, Nikki Harris, Sharon Laws, Emma Pooley

Elite women - time trial

Wendy Houvenaghel, Emma Pooley