Road World Championships 2016 - Ones to watch

With Lizzie Deignan winning gold in the team time trials at the 2016 Road World Championships over the weekend, attention has quickly turned to the individual events.

And there’s plenty of British interest, including reigning individual road race champion Deignan, and with no shortage of medal chances, there are high hopes for success in the Doha heat.

With that in mind, here are our five Great British names to keep an eye out for:

Mark Cavendish

The 2011 World Champion is one of the favourites for the men’s road race title on Sunday in Qatar, especially with the course being flat and a bunch sprint expected. That should play right into the Manx Missile’s hands after he successfully completed the Paris-Tours on Sunday following an intestinal infection which had threatened to rule him out.

The 31-year-old has had a terrific year to date with four Tour de France stages, bringing his total to 30 and second on the all-time list behind Eddy Merckx.

Cavendish also won his first Olympic medal at Rio 2016, a silver in the men’s omnium, at his third Games having represented Team GB in both Beijing and London.

Lizzie Deignan

Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead) has already bagged herself one gold medal at these Championships after her Boels-Dolmans team took the team time trial title on Sunday afternoon.

And Deignan comes into this weekend’s road race as defending champion following her success in Richmond, USA, last year and would become the first Briton to defend a Road World Championship crown should she take the title once again on Saturday.

The 27-year-old finished fifth in the road race event at Rio 2016 but remains a serious medal contender in the searing heat of Doha.

Steve Cummings

If a breakaway is to be successful in Qatar this weekend, possible with the desert winds, Steve Cummings may be GB’s best hope of capitalising after his Tour of Britain win last month.

The 35-year-old has been in terrific form in 2016 so far, becoming the first British rider since Sir Bradley Wiggins to take the title in its current incarnation.

Cummings, who, with Alex Dowsett, will also ride in the time trial on Wednesday, also proved his ability with a superb solo ride and a stage win at the Tour de France earlier this year.

Geraint Thomas

An absolute workhorse in the peloton, Geraint Thomas will be looking to put his Rio 2016 disappointment behind him with a strong ride at these World Championships.

Likely to be supporting a sprint finish for Mark Cavendish, Thomas has two Olympic team pursuit gold medals to his name from Beijing and London and was also victorious in the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow two years ago.

Nine British riders will compete in Sunday’s road race with Ian Stannard, Adam Blythe, Luke Rowe, Scott Thwaites, Dan McLay and Ben Swift also in the squad.

Hannah Barnes

Alongside Deignan in the women’s road race will be national road race champion Hannah Barnes, who will also be competing in Tuesday’s individual time trial.

Barnes finished second with her Canyon-Sram team in the team time trial on Sunday and has Hayley Simmonds, a two-time national time trial champion, alongside her in the individual event.

With Barnes also competing in the road race, she is joined in the British squad by her sister Alice and London 2012 gold medallist Dani King.

Annasley Park, Laura Massey, Abby-Mae Parkinson and Eileen Roe complete the squad list of British women. Sportsbeat 2016