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Geraint Thomas targets time trial at UCI Road World Championships as Great Britain finalises its squad

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Geraint Thomas will purpose the realm time trial title at next week’s UCI Avenue World Championships in Yorkshire, earlier than later in the week also lining up in the males’s road wobble.

Despite having won 5 time trials for the length of his profession, Thomas has never earlier than competed in nationwide colours in the wobble in opposition to the clock.

With reigning world champion Rohan Dennis (Australia), the lately topped Vuelta a España champion Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) and world hour document holder Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) having already been named initially checklist the Welshman can expect to face a tricky test on the punchy 54km direction from Northallerton to Harrogate on Sept 25.

Matt Brammeier, British Cycling’s elite males’s road coach, then all over again, believes Thomas and Alex Dowsett, the six-time nationwide time trial champion, have the skills and create to create solid rides.

“Taking a look on the time trial, now we have selected two very experienced time trial riders this year in G [Thomas] and Alex, each and every of whom suit the direction and as such we can expect to tag fair performances from them each and every,” Brammeier acknowledged in a British Cycling commentary.

“G will then stick around to compete in the road wobble on the Sunday, and can have to miniature doubt be a invaluable asset to the personnel in the final laps.”

Four days later Yorkshireman Ben Swift is anticipated to handbook the British personnel in the males’s road wobble, the unique nationwide champion being joined by Ineos personnel-mates Owain Doull, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard, Thomas and Adam Yates from the Mitchelton-Scott squad.

“National champion Ben Swift has in point of fact stepped up all over again this year and has advance wait on to his most piquant since his injury,” added Brammeier. “I know he can no longer wait to glean racing in entrance of his residence crowd, and I mediate having that toughen will in point of fact spur on the whole personnel.

“Tao and Owain join us from the Vuelta, where they have got each and every impressed as pretty younger riders in the professional peloton.

“Adam Yates has had some gargantuan outcomes this season, each and every in in some unspecified time in the future and stage races, and he’s in gargantuan create, as is the ever-legit Ian Stannard who shall be a gargantuan personnel participant for us for the length of the wobble.”

Meanwhile, one other local rider the Leeds-born Tom Pidcock will lead Britain in the males’s Below-23 road wobble after he recovered from the injuries sustained in final month’s Tour de l’Avenir.

Pidcock, who won the 2017 junior world time trial in Norway, has been named in the 5-man personnel alongside Stuart Balfour, Jake Stewart, Matt Walls and Fred Wright for the 187km wobble on Sept 27.

“I’m cosy to order Tom Pidcock has recovered effectively from his injuries and as such now we had been ready to steal him for the road wobble,” acknowledged Keith Lambert, senior Academy males’s endurance coach.

“Senior Academy riders Matt Walls and Fred Wright along with Stuart Balfour and Jake Stewart, have also been selected to creep and all of whom have impressed at gargantuan races this season.

Charlie Quarterman, the British nationwide champion, and Ethan Vernon will compete in the Below-23 time trial on Sept 24.

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