Irish cyclist Sam Bennett has confirmed that he will not compete in the Road World Championships set to take place this weekend in Flanders, Belgium.
Bennett was forced to pull out of the Tour De France earlier this year due to a knee injury, but he has made a recovery from that disappointment having returned to action in recent times.
The Carrick-on-Suir man was in line to be involved in Sunday’s race. However, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider believes that competing this weekend “would be a step too far.”
The Irish team for the annual event now consists of Ryan Mullen, Eddie Dunbar and Rory Townsend following Bennett’s decision to pull out.
“It is always an honour to represent Ireland on the international stage,” said Bennett.
“However, unfortunately competing in this year’s World Road Championships will not be possible.
“I am very happy to be back racing pain free and with each race I know my fitness levels and race sharpness are improving.
“However at this stage, a gruelling 260km+ race is probably a step too far.
“I wish Eddie Dunbar, Rory Townsend and Ryan Mullen the very best this weekend and will be supporting them from afar”