Great Britain to bid to host World Road Race Championships

By Peter ScrivenerBBC Sport
Mark Cavendish
Cavendish won Britain's first road race title since 1965

Great Britain will bid to host the World Road Race Championships within a decade in the wake of the team's successes in Copenhagen last month.

Mark Cavendish won the road race title as GB topped the medal table with two golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

British Cycling's Russ Langley told BBC Sport: "Bidding [for the World Championships] is in the early stages and definitely on the radar."

The last time Britain hosted the event was in 1982 at Goodwood.

The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and the United States have been confirmed as hosts for the next four years, meaning the next available date is 2016, although Langley says that may come too soon.

"It is a medium to long-term process," he continued.

"It is too early to pin down a location because the UCI [world cycling's governing body] plan about six-to-eight years in advance and they are involved in choosing a suitable city.

"We are in the early discussion stages but there is a lot of momentum behind cycling in this country so we are coming from a good starting point."

Cavendish led the way in the Danish capital, sprinting to victory after a tremendous ride by his seven team-mates helped put him the right position.

His win was matched by Lucy Garner in the women's junior road race.

Three-time Olympic track champion Bradley Wiggins, followed his third-place finish in the Tour of Spain with a silver medal in the men's time trial, while Elinor Barker was second in the junior women's equivalent.

Emma Pooley, who won the women's time trial in 2010, was third this year, while Andrew Fenn picked up the bronze in the men's under-23 road race.

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