Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins are given Florence mission
Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins will team up for Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships in Italy next week.
Wiggins, the 2012 Tour champion and leader of the Tour of Britain with two days remaining, will prioritise next Wednesday’s time trial before supporting 2013 Tour winner Froome’s bid for the rainbow jersey in the road race on September 29.
The confirmed selection on Friday means the Team Sky colleagues will ride in the same squad since for the first time since the Tour of Oman in February.
Also picked for the men’s team are 2011 world champion Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Plymouth’s Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Ian Stannard, Josh Edmondson and Steve Cummings.
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Cavendish and Cummings, who ride for Omega Pharma-QuickStep and BMC Racing respectively, are the only non-Team Sky riders in the road race squad, while Movistar’s Alex Dowsett will, like Wiggins, ride in the time trial.
The women’s squad is led by Lizzie Armitstead, the Olympic silver medallist, and includes two-times junior world champion Lucy Garner as well as Katie Colclough and Nikki Harris.
Emma Pooley has declined her place on the squad to focus on her PhD studies – a decision supported by British Cycling – and Britain will not be represented in the women’s time trial.