Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armitstead to lead GB challenge at worlds
Last Updated: 20/09/13 5:24pm
Chris Froome will lead the British challenge in the men's road race, with Bradley Wiggins targeting the time trial
Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins will team up for Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships in Italy next week.
Wiggins, the 2012 Tour champion and leader of the Tour of Britain with two days remaining, will prioritise next Wednesday's time trial before supporting 2013 Tour winner Froome's bid for the rainbow jersey in the road race on September 29.
The confirmed selection on Friday means the Team Sky colleagues will ride in the same squad since for the first time since the Tour of Oman in February.
Also in the men's team is 2011 world champion Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Ian Stannard, Josh Edmondson and Steve Cummings.
Cavendish and Cummings, who ride for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step and BMC respectively, are the only non-Team Sky riders in the road race squad, while Movistar's Alex Dowsett will, like Wiggins, ride in the time trial.
The women's squad is led by Lizzie Armitstead, the Olympic silver medallist, and includes two-time junior world champion Lucy Garner, as well as Katie Colclough and Nikki Harris.
Emma Pooley has declined her place on the squad to focus on her PhD studies - a decision supported by British Cycling - and Britain will not be represented in the women's time trial.
British Cycling performance director Sir Dave Brailsford said: "Looking at the men's road race team, we have real strength and depth in the team, and it is a real boost for us to have two Tour de France winners in there along with high-calibre support from the likes of Cav, Geraint, Steve and Ian.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what Lizzie can do out on the worlds course given her great form at the minute, and I'm confident that Lucy, Katie and Nikki can give her the support she needs.
"Overall, the whole team is really looking forward to getting stuck in to the racing out in Italy, and we have got some great opportunities across the board."
The world championships takes place from September 22-29 in Tuscany.
Men's elite road race
Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Josh Edmondson, Chris Froome, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Bradley Wiggins
Men's elite time trial
Alex Dowsett, Bradley Wiggins
Women's elite road race
Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Nikki Harris, Lucy Garner.