Illness and effects of a crash have forced national champion Georgia Williams to withdraw from this week’s UCI Road Cycling World Championships in England.

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Williams has been unwell following the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta last week in Spain, and advised the New Zealand team that she is unable to compete this week in Yorkshire.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider also came down during the final stage of the Madrid Challenge, after rain made the inner-city roads treacherous. While Williams was able to finish the race, the bumps and bruises have meant she has been unable to prepare to a level required for a world championship. 

Director Sportif, Craig Geater said he is disappointed for Williams, who had made good progress after early-season illness and had hopes of a strong performance in Yorkshire, especially in the time trial.

The Vantage New Zealand team will not have any starters in the elite women’s time trial set for Wednesday (NZ time) with Bigla Pro Cycling professional, Mikayla Harvey also withdrawing as a result of illness. She has travelled to Harrogate and the team has isolated her in the hotel, with hopes she may recover to compete in the road race next weekend.

The championships begin for the Vantage New Zealand team tonight (NZ time) with Ella Wyllie competing in the women’s under-19 time trial, while Logan Currie, Finn Fisher-Black and Reuben Thompson will line up in the men’s under-19 time trial.

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