Thomas out of World Championships

Geraint Thomas has pulled out of the UCI World Road Race Championships in Virginia from 19-27 September, saying he does not feel “physically” up to it.

The Welshman’s withdrawal means neither he nor Tour de France winner Chris Froome will compete in the USA.

Froome broke a foot

in a crash at the Vuelta a Espana, ruling him out.

“It’s been a hard decision to make but the season has taken its toll on me and I don’t feel physically up for a good Worlds,”

Thomas, 29, wrote on Facebook. 

“I don’t want to go there just to make up the numbers, I’d want to be competitive or at least do a good job for the boys.”

Thomas says he wants to rest ahead of 2016 when he feels a top-five Tour de France spot is possible along with an Olympic track medal.

“I love racing for GB and the Worlds are a really special race so it was a difficult decision to make, along with the team, but I feel it’s best to rest up now before it’s all systems go for a big year next year.”

Fellow Briton

Mark Cavendish crashed out of the Tour of Britain

last week and suffered a shoulder injury, but is hopeful of competing in Virginia as the men’s road race takes place on the final day of the championships – 27 September.

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