Chris Froome, the four-time Tour de France winner and current leader in the Vuelta a Espana, has been named in Britain’s list of riders for the upcoming Road World Championships in Norway.
Froome has said that he hopes to take part in the hilly individual time trial in Bergen depending on how he feels after the Spanish race finishes this weekend. However, he is not expecting to take part in the road race as he doesn’t think that the course suits him.
Britain can choose from a list of 13 riders that includes the current British road and time trial champion Steve Cummings and former world champion Mark Cavendish, who is currently riding in the Tour of Britain as he attempts to prove his fitness after the shoulder injury that ended his Tour de France in the fourth stage.
Also on the list are Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Pete Kennaugh, Ben Swift and Geraint Thomas.
Britain will need nine riders to compete in the road race and two to compete in the time trial.
The woman’s squad is led by the 2015 world champion and reigning national road champion Lizzie Deignan. However, she will also have to prove her fitness after she had her appendix removed last week.
Froome is currently attempting to become only the third man to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same season. On Wednesday he lost some of his lead in a brutal climb that was won by Stefan Denifl of Austria. Froome struggled up the steep Los Machucos hill at the end of the stage and finished fourteenth, losing 42 seconds of his overall lead.
The world championships will take place in Bergen from September 17 – 24.