VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
by Shane Stokes
September 15, 2017
Colbrelli wins Coppa Bernocchi; Mads Pedersen wins stage 3 of the PostNord Danmark Rundt; Cooper wins stage 3 of the Tour of China I; Tensions rise in UCI presidential race on allegations of position for McQuaid; Then there were seven: Australia adds Hosking and Neylan to Road Worlds team; Cummings withdraws from world championship TT after being passed over for road race; Race to the Rock: Carlsson blazes through the 3,000 km to Uluru in less than ten days; Tyler Farrar talks career, retirement and what’s next; A bump in the road of life: A Fyxo story; Video: Full recap of the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour; Video: Coffee anyone?; Video: Contador’s lap of honour; Video: Best of La Vuelta 2017; Video: World championship road race course preview
Two days after Steve Cummings was left out of the British Cycling lineup for the Elite men’s road race at next week’s world championships, the Dimension Data rider has confirmed he has withdrawn from squad. Cummings will consequently miss the time trial he was announced as doing.
He explained his reasoning in a statement released by British Cycling. “On 15 August I was told I would be reserve for the time trial so I decided to focus on one day races such as the worlds, the Canada GPs and some Italian races.
“I was surprised to learn eight days before the worlds I had been selected for the time trial. I can’t prepare for the world’s time trial event in eight days from what I’m coming off. So I don’t feel I can do myself justice and would prefer to concentrate on other goals for my team.
“For me to do a proper job it takes specific training in order to produce a good time trial performance and I haven’t been training on my time trial bike as I was concentrating on the road race. Given that I won’t be able to give my best, it would be appropriate to give the opportunity to another rider.”
British Cycling Performance Director Stephen Park has said that while he is disappointed at Cummings’ withdrawal, he respects it. He stated that Tao Geoghegan Hart will take up the vacant TT slot. Cummings said he will concentrate on other events. “I’m a little surprised and disappointed with not making the world’s road race team,” he stated. “But I have to respect the selection process, and wish all the lads well. I will focus on the remaining Italian races for my team.”