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Froome heading to Road World Championships

Froome recently won the Vuelta and the Tour de France. Credit: PA

La Vuelta winner Chris Froome will compete in the time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway next week, British Cycling has announced.

Froome, fresh from completing a rare Tour de France-Vuelta double in Madrid at the weekend, will not take part in the road race in Bergen. But he will take one of Britain's two places in the time trial, with reigning British champion Steve Cummings getting the other.

The men's time trial in Bergen on Wednesday, September 20 will be contested over a 31-kilometre course which features one significant climb up Mount Floyen at the finish. Froome's main rivals are expected to be Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin of Holland and the reigning world time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany.

There is no space for Mark Cavendish in Britain's nine-man squad for the men's road race as the Manxman continues his recovery from the shoulder injury which ended his Tour de France in July, while Geraint Thomas is also absent after a testing season which saw him crash out of both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

Instead, the team will features two Olympic gold medallists on the track - Owain Doull and Pete Kennaugh - along with Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Scott Thwaites.

Former world champion Lizzie Deignan is fit to lead the women's team following an appendectomy, and will be supported by Hannah and Alice Barnes, Elinor Barker, Dani King, Mel Lowther and Hayley Simmonds.

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Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta as Lopez wins mountainous stage

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Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta after Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 129-kilometre 15th stage from Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada.

Team Sky rider Froome, who is bidding to become only the third rider to win La Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year, produced a late surge to stretch his advantage over Vincenzo Nibali by six more seconds.

Froome now has a 61-second cushion over his Italian rival. Lopez finished the stage in three hours, 34 minutes and 51 seconds, overtaking Briton Adam Yates on the final climb to reach the 2,510-metre summit of Alto Hoya de la Mora first for his second win of the race.

Russia's Ilnur Zakarin came second, 36 seconds behind, with Dutchman Wilco Kelderman third and Froome coming in fifth. Zakarin and Kelderman are third and fourth in the general classification but trail Froome by more than two minutes.

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