Chris Froome has confirmed today that he will definitely miss the World Road Championship this autumn after breaking his foot during his bid to win the Vuelta a Espana.
The two time Tour de France champion crashed into a barrier on Stage 11 of the Spanish race and, although he managed to finish the gruelling stage, later withdrew after doctors confirmed he had broken a navicular bone in his foot.
"It looks unlikely," said Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford when previously asked if Froome would race. "The fracture will take a while to heal."
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Cavendish going for gold
The World Championships take place from 19-27 September in Richmond, Virginia in the USA. Froome had been included on the British Cycling longlist for both the time trial and road race events. Mark Cavendish will lead the British team in the road race. The other riders on the long list for the road race include Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift, Luke Rowe, Tour de France stage winner Stephen Cummings and the Yates twins Simon and Adam.
It now looks likely that Froome's Team Sky teammate Geraint Thomas will compete in the individual time trial with Alex Dowsett.
Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Germany's John Degenkolb are among the favourites for the race which will favour sprinters such as Cavendish, but is also suitable for punchy riders suited to short climbs.
Back next season
Froome will now look towards the 2016 season when he will aim to win the Tour de France for the third time. His two overall victories are already more than any other British rider has ever achieved, but only seven riders have ever achieved three wins before.
If Froome wins in 2016, he will join Greg LeMond, Philippe Thys and Louison Bobet and on three wins, whilst legends of the sport Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain remain out ahead on five.