Donovan (19) called up for GB u-23 team

Date: Friday 14th September 2018

MARK Donovan has been selected to represent Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, from 23rd to 30th September.

The 19-year-old from Penruddock will compete in the under-23 men’s road race. He is the youngest member of the five-man team.

Last month, Donovan joined Team Sky as a stagiaire — or trainee — for the remainder of the season. He is part of Team Wiggins — the development team established by Sir Bradley Wiggins, but from 1st August, men’s World Tour and Pro Conti teams are able to take on three stagiaires from the under-23 ranks.

Donovan, who last year rode for Great Britain at under-19 level when the world championships were held in Bergen, Norway, said: “I can’t wait to start my first under-23 worlds — thanks to British Cycling for the opportunity. I’m looking forward to it.”

British Cycling this week confirmed the squad of 34 riders who will represent Great Britain at the championships. Simon Yates and his twin brother Adam have made selection for the elite men’s road race, in which James Knox, of Kendal, will also feature.

Performance director Stephen Park said: “British riders have excelled themselves on the road this season at all levels and it’s been a pleasure to watch them in action.

“We’ve selected a strong team to take on this year’s world championships, and there’s a lot of talent within the squad.”