The Great Britain Cycling Team make their return to international competition on the road this weekend, lining up to represent their country at the UCI Road World Championships taking place in Flanders, Belgium, from 19 – 26 September.
Mark Cavendish, Tom Pidcock, Ethan Hayter and Lizzie Deignan are amongst the travelling squad of 30 riders who will represent Great Britain in the elite, under-23 and junior categories.
Ethan Hayter, fresh from a second-placed finish at the AJ Bell Tour of Britain, has made selection for both the elite men’s road race and time trial, and in the road race he will be joined by Mark Cavendish, Tom Pidcock, Luke Rowe, Fred Wright and Jake Stewart, as well as cousins Connor and Ben Swift. Lizzie Deignan, who enjoyed victory on the road at the Tour de Suisse this year, will be joined by fellow Olympian Anna Shackley, Alice Barnes, Anna Henderson, Pfeiffer Georgi and Joss Lowden to contest the elite women’s road race, with Georgi and Lowden also set to race in the time trial.
Performance Director Stephen Park said: “I’m really looking forward to the road world championships this year, as we have some serious medal contenders within the squad in every category.
“The Road World Championships are a key feature for the Great Britain Cycling Team’s road squad, and for me, personally, it will be great to see the likes of Mark and Lizzie bring their form and experience into a team keen to do the jersey proud and bring back medals.
“It will be interesting to see how the elite men’s road race plays out, too – based on what we know about the course and with so many riders in top form, we’ve made the decision not to go with one team leader, giving us a number of options as the race plays out. The race really could belong to anyone!
“I’m looking forward to seeing how our Junior and U23 riders get on, as we have some fantastic talent emerging in these categories. I am also keen to see our mixed team time triallists attempt another podium after a brilliant bronze medal in the event’s debut in 2019. Overall, we’re expecting some strong performances across the board and it’s great to get the team back together.”
Great Britain Cycling Team for the UCI Road World Championships:
Elite Women Road Race
Elite Women Time Trial
Elite Men Road Race
Elite Men Time Trial
U23 Men Road Race
U23 Men Time Trial
Junior Women Road Race
Junior Women Time Trial
Millie Couzens (reserve)
Junior Men Road Race
Junior Men Time Trial
Max Poole (reserve)
Mixed Team Time Trial
Dan Bigham (Team Leader)