LONDON (Reuters) - British veteran Steve Cummings has withdrawn from next week’s time trial at the cycling road world championships after saying he had trained to be in the road race team, which he was not selected for.
Tao Geoghegan Hart will replace the 36-year-old in Wednesday’s individual event.
Vuelta a Espana and four times Tour de France winner Chris Froome is also competing in the time trial at the championships in Bergen, Norway.
Cummings, last year’s Tour of Britain winner who also competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said he was “surprised and disappointed” not to have made the road race team but respected the selection process.
He said he had been told on Aug. 15 that he would be a reserve for the time trial and so had focused on one day races instead.
The rider was then told with eight days to go that he had been selected for the time trial.
“I can’t prepare for the worlds 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,” added Cummings in a British Cycling statement.
“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.”
Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Hugh Lawson