Cycling Australia selectors told to reconsider women’s Road Worlds team

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Cycling Australia has been told by an independent Selection Review Panel to reconsider its selections for the women’s 2017 Road World Championships team after appeals by both Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan.

Hosking and Neylan appealed the Australian selectors decision after they didn’t fill two of the seven spots that Australia had earned by virtue of being the world’s third-ranked cycling nation.

“Cycling Australia has been notified by the independent Selection Review Panel (SRP) that appeals lodged by Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan in relation to Australian Women’s team selections for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships have both been allowed, based on determination of UCI quota spots,” said Cycling Australia in a statement.

The statement that the appeals “have both been allowed” effectively means they were successful. But what the ultimate outcome will be is still unclear.

“The SRP has referred the matter back to the CA selectors who will now reconvene and reconsider the selection decision,” said the organisation in a statement.

Cycling Australia chief executive officer Nick Green said he would seek a speedy resolution.

There is little time to spare as the Worlds road race for the women is just 10 days away.

The decision announced last week not to send a full team created enormous controversy, particularly with Australia as a nation currently enjoying its best ranking since 2009.

Hosking, Australia’s top ranked rider, was among those vocal in her disappointment. “Am I insulted that I’m not considered ‘high enough’ quality to make the team? Absolutely. But this is bigger than my personal ego,” Hosking told Ella CyclingTips in an email as she was lodging the appeal. “This isn’t a precedent we want to be set going forward and to say nothing would be to make it seem like we think it’s okay. What message does this send to young girls coming through the sport?

Hosking, ranked eighth in the world, was the key contender in Australia’s World Championship team last year as it was a flat sprinters course which suited her, so she went in as one of the favourites. Neylan, on the other hand is well down the rankings at 125 after battling injury problems this year. However, the former Worlds silver medallist has recently started working herself back into form and the Bergen World Championship will be held on a hilly course suited to her strengths.

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