JON TIERNAN-LOCKE, South Devon's Tour of Britain winner, has been named in Great Britain's 'long list' squad for the World Road Race Championships.
Eleven men have been selected, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and ex-world champion Mark Cavendish, from which eight riders will be picked to ride the race in Tuscany, Italy, on Sunday, September 29.
Former Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles star Locke (Team Sky) rode brilliantly in last year's World Champs in Holland, in contention until the last few kilometres and eventually finishing 19th, just five seconds behind winner Philippe Gilbert of Belgium.
Locke has had a difficult first year with Team Sky, to the point where he was recently given a break from competition and allowed to resume his own training schedule back home in Devon.
He is currently in Canada, preparing for tomorrow's Grand Prix de Quebec and Sunday's GP de Montreal with Sky.
But the World Champs course, near Florence, should favour climbers like Locke.
And the GB selectors have acknowledged his talent by picking him ahead of riders like David Millar, Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift.
The final eight-man team will be announced after next week's Tour of Britain finishes in London on September 22.
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