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Hunt is Cavendish's choice for GB team at world cycling championships

By This is Devon  |  Posted: August 24, 2010

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JEREMY HUNT is poised to be named in a three-man Great Britain road race team for next month's world cycling championships in Australia.

His selection will end an arm's length relationship with the UK's crack sprinter Mark Cavendish, who will lead the team.

The third member of the road trio is expected to be talented young Welsh rider Geraint Thomas.

Places in the road team — the championships take place at Geelong, Victoria, from September 29 to October 3 — are at a premium.

British riders have underperformed in major road races during 2010, so they have been allocated only three places.

Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and 36-year-old Hunt (Cervelo Test Team) ride for rival professional squads on the international circuit.

There has been little love lost in a series of incidents in the high-octane, risky world of sprinting over the last 12 months.

But there is genuine respect between the pair.

Hunt's friend and mentor, former pro champion Colin Lewis from Bovey Tracey, reported: "Cavendish has definitely had a say in the team, and he wants Jez as his lead-out man.

"Jez is really made up to be picked."

The Melbourne-Geelong course is long (250K), but most of it is fairly flat and it may well come down to a sprinter's finish.

Hunt, who has had a winter home in Australia for several years, knows the course well.

NORTH DEVON based Southfork Racing's quartet of Gary Chambers, Blake Pond, Mark Lees and Steve Sage won the CS Dynamo Four-Man Team Time Trial near Exeter by more than two minutes.

They covered the 24.4 miles in 51mins 46secs.

The fastest team from Kingsteignton's Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles club was Andrew Hitchens, Jake Durant, Adam Beams and Mark Dolan.

Dolan, still on a comeback to competitive racing, had given his all by the second climb of Daisymount, but the remaining trio rode on to finish in 55.40.

Mid-Devon chairman Andrew Parker, Alan Drury and father-and-son Simon and Jonathan Aske also 'lost' young Jon, but came home in 60.37.

That was 43 seconds quicker than Nick Avery, Brennan Townshend, Mark Sanders and Stephen Dart.

It was all a new experience for the Mid-Devon ladies' team of Becky Kelly, Fran Bullock, Annette Denithe and Sue Hewings.

They had to overcome a series of problems, including a chain derailment and a back injury which forced Hewings to retire.

But they pressed on and finished in 1hr 13mins 36secs.

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