Rod Ellingworth has said there are 'no excuses' for the poor performance of the British team at the men's road race at the World Championships in Tuscany, Italy.

All eight of manager Ellingworth's team pulled out of the race, claiming bad weather was to blame - severe downpours had causes multiple crashes and pile-ups throughout the 272.5km course.

Sir Bradley Wiggins and former world champion Mark Cavendish were victims to a pile-up early on in the race, with Tour de France champion Chris Froome pulling out with more than 80km remaining.

His withdrawal left only Welshman Geraint Thomas, 28, remaining, but he too departed shortly afterwards.

Portugal's Rui Costa won the title with a time of seven hours, 25 minutes and 43 seconds, followed by Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez taking silver and Alejandro Valverde taking the bronze.

In an interview with BBC Sport after Costa's win, Ellingworth said the team were right to be disappointed.

He said: "To have nobody in the race with 100km to go is not normal for us.

"I don't think they showed what they're worth. You have to be prepared for anything and I don't think the lads were.

"The lads have got to look at themselves. They're all full-time bike riders and if we're talking about going forward, talking about Rio 2016, this was a very disappointing result.

"They all got a bit too carried away too early, then the weather got to them for no reason.

"There are no excuses at all."

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