Cavendish left off Britain’s worlds roster; Froome, Wiggins in

Cavendish was injured during the first stage of the Tour de France this summer

LONDON (AFP) — Sprint specialist Mark Cavendish was left off the squad announced by Great Britain on Thursday for the UCI Road World Championships in Spain later this month.

Cavendish, the 2011 world champion, had to undergo shoulder surgery after crashing on the opening stage of this year’s Tour de France in the northern English town of Harrogate.

The eight-man British team that will attack the hilly Ponferrada road race course on September 28 features 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome and two-time Olympic track cycling gold medalist Geraint Thomas.

Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will spearhead a six-strong team in the women’s race a day earlier.

In the time trial, which takes place on September 24, 2011 and 2013 worlds runner-up and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins, along with Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alex Dowsett, are in contention for the two men’s places.

But there will be no British representative in the women’s time trial.

“We’re fortunate to have a strong pool of riders from which to make our final selection,” said British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton.

The championships are scheduled for September 21-28 in Ponferrada, Spain.

Men’s elite road race (eight will ride)

Steve Cummings
Alex Dowsett
Andy Fenn
Chris Froome
Peter Kennaugh
David Millar
Luke Rowe
Ian Stannard
Ben Swift
Geraint Thomas
Scott Thwaites
Bradley Wiggins
Adam Yates
Simon Yates

Men’s elite time trial (two will ride)

Steve Cummings
Alex Dowsett
Geraint Thomas
Bradley Wiggins

Women’s elite road race (six will ride)

Lizzie Armitstead
Alice Barnes
Hannah Barnes
Anna Christian
Lucy Coldwell
Lucy Garner
Nikki Harris
Annie Last
Sharon Laws