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Here is the Great Britain Under 23 team for next week's World Championships

Joe Robinson
18 Sep 2019

A strong team fronted by Tom Pidcock head to Yorkshire for the Under 23 men's road race

Tom Pidcock will lead Great Britain's hopes of World Championships glory with the Yorkshireman being named among the Under 23 road team. The Leeds local will go into his home race on Friday 27th September as one of the favourites for victory despite having not raced since crashing out of the Tour de l'Avenir in August.

The 20-year-old crashed on Stage 7 of the espoir stage race sustaining substantial injuries that saw him abandon the race and also miss the Tour of Britain last week.

Pidcock is now fit enough to return to racing and will rejoin the peloton at the U23 road race next week where he is considered one of the standout favourites.

Pidcock has already experienced World Championships glory on multiple occasions in his career across multiple disciplines. He is the current U23 cyclocross World Champion and also a former junior time trial World Champion.

Pidcock's inclusion was announced on Wednesday morning with senior academy coach Keith Lambert talking up the achievements of the U23 setup in 2019 so far.

'I’m pleased to say Tom Pidcock has recovered well from his injuries and as such we have been able to select him for the road race,' said Lambert

'The under-23 squad have had mixed fortunes this season, with some terrific results but also some big crashes.

'What’s impressed me the most is that we have a strong group of under-23 road riders, either on the senior academy or on trade teams, and they always come together to work as a team and support each other when they’re riding in Great Britain colours.'

Pidcock is joined by a strong team that could be considered as one of the most capable in the entire peloton.

Fred Wright has earned selection after riding for CCC Team as a stagiaire at the Tour of Britain while Matt Walls will also earn a ride having finished second on Stage 5 of the same race behind Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen.

Stuart Balfour and Jake Stewart finish off the team while Ethan Vernon and Charlie Quarterman earn themselves spots in the individual time trial.