Chris Froome is officially included on the longlist of Great Biratin’s squad for the UCI Road World championships taking place in the end of this month.
Along with a provisional list of 13 riders for the elite men’s races and 11 riders for the elite women’s races, British Cycling has also named Lizzie Deignan.
In total, there are only nine spaces for the road race and other two places available for the individual time trial for men’s events. Also, there are seven spots in total for the road race and two for the time trial one for women’s competition.
This year’s Worlds are planned to take place in Bergen, Norway. It will start on September 17 until September 24.
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 3, 2017
The news about including Froome on the longlist comes only a few days after British champion gave us a hint about competing at the Worlds, first time since 2014, and in the time trial event since 2009.
This year, Team Sky champion has had an amazing season winning the Tour de France in July and is now leading the Vuelta a España trying to become the third rider to have ever won the Tour and Vuelta at the same year.
“If I come out of the Vuelta in good shape, and I’m hoping I’m not going to be on fumes in the last week, then I’d look forward to being part of the TTT over in Norway and potentially also the time trial,” Froome said. “I don’t think the road race suits me at all, the conditions and the course, and I’d rather give that opportunity to somebody else to go for it there.”
Great Britain UCI Road World Championships 2017 Cycling Team final longlist:
Elite Men: Adam Blythe, Chris Froome, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings. Jon Dibben, Mark Christian, Owain Doull, Pete Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Scott Thwaites.
Elite Women: Alice Barnes, Elinor Barker, Hannah Barnes, Lizzie Deignan. Anna Christian, Dani King, Abby Mae Parkinson, Abigain van Twisk, Claire Rose, Mel Lowther, Hayley Simmonds.
Under-23 Men: Scott Davies, Matt Bostock, Ethan Hayter, James Knox, Ollie Wood, Chris Lawless, Jacob Hennessy, James Shaw, Mark Stewart.