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Britain's men are 'real underdogs' at Worlds

From BBC - September 23, 2017

Britain's riders will be "real underdogs" in the men's road race at the World Championships in Norway, according to coach Rod Ellingworth.

Mark Cavendish, the 2011 world champion, and Geraint Thomas withdrew from selection for the 267.5km race in Bergen because of injury.

"We do not have a favourite here. It's a little bit unfortunate," Ellingworth, 45, told BBC Sport.

"Maybe a top-10 finish could be realistic, if everything went our way."

The race begins with a 40km ride to Bergen, before riders complete 12 laps of a circuit around the city. A climb up Mount Ulriken is then followed by a flat run into the city.

Ben Swift, 29, is likely to be Great Britain's best hope of victory in the absence of Cavendish and Thomas.

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