Tour de France winner Egan Bernal has decided not to participate in the World Cycling Championships in Yorkshire later this month. His place in the Colombian team is taken by Carlos Betancur. Italy has to do without Vincenzo Nibali.
On Sunday, after a period of uncertainty about the participation of Bernal, it was announced that the 22-year-old top climber of Team INEOS would be one of the spearheads in the selection of Colombia.
Alongside Movistar rider Betancur, the team now consists of Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Álvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT), Daniel Martínez (EF Education First), Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) and Sebastián Henao (Team INEOS).
Sergio Higuita is a striking absence from the South Americans. The rider of Education First, who booked a nice stage victory in the Vuelta, takes part in the promises.
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The Italian team is not yet known, but Nibali will certainly be missing. The four-time winner of a big round, who had a disappointing Tour de France this year after finishing second in the Giro d'Italia, is not feeling well enough.
"The blue shirt of Italy is sacred and must be respected. I am not one of the best at the moment and it is not fair to take someone else's place," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport .
Mathieu van der Poel is the eye-catcher for the Dutch team. He is supported by Niki Terpstra, Bauke Mollema, Dylan van Baarle, Mike Teunissen, Sebastian Langeveld, Jos van Emden and Pieter Weening.
The men's road race will be held next Sunday. The peloton travels a hilly course over 284 kilometers. Alejandro Valverde is the defending champion in Yorkshire.