Thomas withdraws from Worlds time trial

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games

Britain’s Geraint Thomas has withdrawn from the Road World Championships time trial as he says is not in “good enough shape to perform to his best”.

The 2018 Tour de France winner still plans to ride in the road race at the event in Yorkshire, which starts on Sunday.

“I’ve tried to get back into shape after my post tour break,” Thomas said.

“The decision was made… to skip the time trial and commit to the team for the road race.”

The men’s time trial is on Wednesday with the men’s road race on Sunday, 29 September – the final day of the event.

Thomas, 33, was beaten into second at this year’s Tour de France by Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal, who will not be competing in Yorkshire.

“While it’s a shame that Geraint is withdrawing from the time trial, we understand and support his decision,” British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park said.

John Archibald, who finished second in the elite men’s time trial at the National Road Championships, will replace Thomas in the time trial.

Tanfield to ride in mum’s memory


GB’s Harry Tanfield recently rode in the Tour of Britain, weeks after his mother’s death

GB rider Harry Tanfield will take to his bike for the team time trial mixed relay on Sunday in honour of his mother, who died in August.

The 24-year-old considered pulling out of the race after the sudden death of his mother Clare, but chose to race in the recent Tour of Britain, for Katusha-Alpecin.

Tanfield said: “It happened a week before the Tour of Britain, and I thought, ‘Do I still want to come and race it?’

“The team told me I didn’t need to come but she’d want me to do it, and I kind of wanted to do it as well. Not for me, but for my family, just to give them some form of distraction for the week.

“She’d definitely want me to do it.”

Tanfield’s younger brother Charlie is also a cyclist and is a former world champion on the track.

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