Chris Froome has withdrawn from tomorrow's time trial at the World Championships to focus on Sunday's road race, British Cycling has confirmed.
The championships come at the end of a gruelling season for Froome. The Team Sky rider was Tour de France runner-up behind Bradley Wiggins in July, won Olympic time-trial bronze behind his compatriot and was fourth in the Vuelta a España, which finished on 9 September.
The 27-year-old wants more time to recover ahead of the 261km (163-mile) road race in Limburg, in the Netherlands, where Mark Cavendish will ride in defence of his title. Froome's non-participation means Alex Dowsett is Britain's sole entrant in the 45.7km elite men's time trial.
Meanwhile, Cavendish has said his time at Team Sky could well be finished. The 27-year-old told the BBC it was "possible" that he could move teams, and hoped that any split with Sky would be "amicable", despite having two years left on his contract.