GB call-ups for Scott Thwaites and Lizzie Armitstead

Great Britain selection: Scott Thwaites is in the squad for the Road World Championships

Great Britain selection: Scott Thwaites is in the squad for the Road World Championships

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SCOTT Thwaites and Lizzie Armitstead have been named in the Great Britain cycling squad for this month's Road World Championships in Spain.

Thwaites, from Burley-in-Wharfedale, earned a bronze in Glasgow's Commonwealth Games and has been included in a squad of 14 for the eight-man team event , which includes Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins, on September 28.

There is no place for Mark Cavendish, the 2011 world champion, who required shoulder surgery after crashing out of the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate and would not be suited to the hilly Ponferrada road race course, which features 28 climbs in 254.8 kilometres.

Other squad members include Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift and Adam and Simon Yates.

Women's Commonwealth champion Armitstead, from Otley, is to lead a team of six a day earlier, on September 27, on a route half the distance of the men's.

She will be without the support of Emma Pooley, who retired following her silver medal in Glasgow, but mountain bike riders Annie Last and Alice Barnes, sister of Hannah Barnes, could make the final cut on the road after being named in the long list.

Commonwealth Games time-trial champion Alex Dowsett and Wiggins, silver medallist in 2013 behind Germany's Tony Martin, are in contention for the two places in the men's time-trial, which takes place on September 24, but there will be no British representative in the women's race against the clock.

The World Championships begin on September 21 with trade team time-trials and also includes age-group events, with Britain refining selection prior to the event.

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton said: "We're fortunate to have a strong pool of riders from which to make our final selection."

Great Britain team for the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain (September 21 to 28):

Men's elite road race (eight from): Steve Cummings, Alex Dowsett, Andy Fenn, Chris Froome, Pete Kennaugh, David Millar, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Scott Thwaites, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Adam Yates, Simon Yates.

Men's elite time-trial (two from): Dowsett, Cummings, Thomas, Wiggins.

Women's elite road race (six from): Lizzie Armitstead, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Anna Christian, Lucy Coldwell, Lucy Garner, Nikki Harris, Annie Last, Sharon Laws.

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