David Millar set to captain Great Britain in Spain

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David Millar will captain Great Britain at the Road World Championships next week before retiring at the end of the 2014 season, according to Sky Sports.

Millar has recently returned from racing at the Vuelta a Espana where he finished in 144th place after being left out of the Tour de France this year.

The Scot will lead a strong nine-man team at the World Championships in Spain which will include Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates, Simon Yates, Peter Kennaugh, Ben Swift, Luke Rowe and Steve Cummings.

Top talent

With so much talent in the squad, they will be expected to do well as all of the nine riders are capable of beating anyone on their day.

Millar finished third in 2013 but he will hope he can do better this year as it is his final ever World Championships.

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Alex Dowsett will race in the time trial event with these two riders being amongst the favourites to take the World Championship title.

In the women's road race, Lizzie Armitstead will be supported by Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Anna Christian, Lucy Garner and Annie Last.

Podium contenders

Shane Sutton admitted that Great Britain have a good chance of reaching the podium this year with such talent throughout the whole squad.

“Across the board, we have some real podium contenders," the British Cycling technical director said.

"For the men’s road race, Chris proved he’s in good shape by coming second at the Vuelta and I’m pleased David Millar will be leading the team in his last outing in Great Britain kit.

“Sir Brad showed great form at the Tour of Britain this year, winning the time trial stage, and of course Alex did a fantastic ride to win the time trial at the Commonwealth Games, so it will be interesting to see how they get on.

"Fellow Commonwealth Games champion Lizzie Armitstead has a great team around her, including two mountain bikers who should be able to support her on the reasonably hilly course.”

Sprint finish?

I would like to see Millar cap off a brilliant cycling career by winning the World Championships but I think it is more likely to be won by one of the sprinters because of the flat section at the end of the course. I think there will be a bunch sprint and if there is Swift has every chance of taking the win.

The Road World Championships will take place between the 21 and 28 of September in Ponferrada.

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