Britain’s team manager Rod Ellingworth criticised the attitude of his riders after none finished the men’s road race at the Planet Championships in Italy.


Trip de France champion Chris Froome and
2012 Trip winner Sir Bradley Wiggins were part of Ellingworth’s eight-man group competing in Tuscany.

Asked in the event that his riders lacked spirit, this individual said: “Yes, it may be that simple.

“A lot of people were talking the talk and didn’t see it through. Each and every one of them underperformed. “


Wiggins, 33, and
former globe champion Mark Cavendish, 28, were victims of a pile-up because heavy rain caused multiple accidents early in the 272. 5km competition.

Froome, attempting to become the very first man in 24 years to win the Tour and globe road race in the same 12 months, pulled out with more than 80km remaining.

The 28-year-old’s withdrawal meant Geraint Thomas was the only Briton left riding, but the Welshman, 27, also climbed off shortly afterwards.

“The lads are all disappointed in by themselves and they are right to be disappointed, inch Ellingworth told BBC Sport after a
race won by Portugal’s Rui Costa.

“To have nobody in the race with 100km to go is not normal for all of us. I don’t think they showed exactly what they’re worth. You have to be prepared intended for anything and I don’t think the lads were.

“The lads have got to look at themselves. They’re all full-time bike riders and if we’re referring to going forward, talking about Rio 2016, it was a very disappointing result.

“They all got a bit too carried away too early, then your weather got to them for simply no reason. There are no excuses in any way. “