• Mark Cavendish (R) and Ian Stannard (L) are two of the riders named to the Great Britain UCI Road World Championships squad. (Getty)Source: Getty
With sprint finishes expected to decide the road races at the UCI Road World Championships it unsurprising that Great Britain has selected Mark Cavendish as its closer.
Cycling Central

22 Sep 2016 - 11:32 AM  UPDATED 22 Sep 2016 - 11:41 AM

Options abound as well should the race play out differently, but if, as expected, the wind plays its part, but Cavendish should be at the finish along with the other pre-race favourites, like Marcel Kittel (GER), Caleb Ewan (AUS) and Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) among them.

Cavendish will be supported by a powerful cast of characters named to the long list which will be whittled down to nine on game day.

They include Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Stephen Cummings, Ben Swift, Alex Dowsett, Dan McLay, Luke Rowe, Scott Thwaites Adam Blythe.

While not announced, the time trial spots are likely to go to Dowsett, who rides for Movistar and briefly held the UCI's hour record before it fell to Bradley Wiggins, and Thomas, whose versatility includes strong rides against the clock.

“The depth of talent available to us on the road this year has been exceptional and I believe we have picked strong squads for all the races we are entering," British Cycling coach Iain Dyer said.

"In the men’s race, Mark heads to Doha as one of the clear favourites given the nature of the course and he will have a strong team around him."

The women's team selection was more clear cut and will feature women’s world road race champion Lizzie (formerly Armitstead) Deignan, Danielle King, Laura Massey, Annasley Park, Abby Mae Parkinson and Eileen Roe.

The women's time trial spots will be filled by Hannah Barnes and Hayley Simmonds.

“In the women’s squad, we’ve got some real high-calibre contenders with a couple of riders having the capability to be competitive in a sprint finish scenario," Dyer said.

"I’m really pleased to see a number of under 23 category riders selected for this squad too, I think they will benefit from the experience of riding alongside elite riders."