Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in GB Road World Championships squad
PLYMOUTH cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been named in a strong Great Britain squad for the upcoming UCI Road World Championships in Italy.
The 28-year-old is included alongside Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Froome, who succeeded Wiggins as the winner of cycling’s most prestigious tour in July, will bid to build on his triumph in Paris by adding road race gold in Toscana.
He features alongside the likes of Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Alex Dowsett and Geraint Thomas in the road race squad, with a final decision to be made on which eight of the 10 chosen riders compete.
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Wiggins will attempt to add world gold to his Olympic title in the time trial, in which Dowsett is also entered.
The World Championships run from September 22 to 29, with Lizzie Armitstead heading up the British challenge in the women’s road race and Emma Pooley targeting the time trial, the event she won in 2010.
Britain’s junior world champion Lucy Garner, who turns 19 on September 20, also features in the road race squad.
British Cycling performance manager Shane Sutton said: “I think the selection of the elite teams speak for themselves.
“We’ve got Olympic medallists, Tour de France winners and former world champions in the mix.
“I think we could do well across the board there.”
Great Britain squad: Men’s elite road race (eight places qualified): Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Alex Dowsett, Josh Edmondson, Andy Fenn, Chris Froome, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Sir Bradley Wiggins
Men’s elite road race: Alex Dowsett, Sir Bradley Wiggins
Women’s elite road race: Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Nikki Harris, Lucy Garner, Sharon Laws, Emma Pooley
Women’s elite time trial: Emma Pooley