Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is ruled out of Road World Championships
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s hopes of enhancing his reputation at cycling’s Road World Championships in Italy this weekend have been dashed.
The 28-year-old Team Sky rider, born in Plymouth and based in Bristol, was given a place in Great Britain’s line-up for the men’s elite road race in Tuscany on Sunday, when the squad was named earlier this month. On Thursday, though, he was ruled out of the showpiece event.
Sky team-mate Luke Rowe has been summoned to replace Tiernan-Locke, and the 23-year-old Welshman will race alongside team leader Chris Froome, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Josh Edmondson, Ian Stannard and Steve Cummings on Sunday.
Tiernan-Locke, who won the 2012 Tour of Britain, went on to make his debut at the Road World Championships in last year’s edition of the event in the Netherlands.
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The Devonian achieved a fine finishing position of 19th last September, five seconds behind the winner, Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert, and his two-year contract with Sky was signed a month later.
Tiernan-Locke’s debut season with Sky has been unexceptional, with fatigue hindering his progress. Last month, he withdrew from this month’s Tour of Britain.
Yesterday, Tiernan-Locke took to Twitter to write: “Was sorry I had to withdraw from the Worlds line up, just don’t have the form to help the lads there. Good luck to Team GB, though!”