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Chris Froome withdraws from world time trial championship

LONDON (AFP) — Great Britain’s Chris Froome has withdrawn from the midweek time trial at the world road championships to focus on Sunday’s road race, British Cycling has confirmed.

The 27-year-old wants more time to recover ahead of Sunday’s 261km road race in the Limburg region of the Netherlands, when Mark Cavendish will ride in defense of his title.

Froome was Tour de France runner-up behind Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins in July, won Olympic time trial bronze in August, and was fourth in the Vuelta a España, which finished on September 9. While Cavendish faces nearly impossible odds in defending his title on the hilly Dutch course, Froome could factor in the finale on the Cauberg climb.

Froome’s non-participation means that national champion Alex Dowsett is Britain’s sole entrant in the 45.7km elite men’s time trial on Wednesday.