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by Shane Stokes
September 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Denifl wins stage 17 of Vuelta a España, Froome cracks; Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour of Britain; Vos in leader’s jersey after Lotto Belgium Tour stage 1 victory; Froome puts brave face on time loss; Contador goes close to swansong stage win; Bookwalter forced out of Tour of Britain after riders hit parked car; Chloe Hosking to appeal Road Worlds non-selection: “This is bigger than my personal ego”; Ag2r La Mondale directeur sportif disqualified from Vuelta over towing incident; Video: Another don’t try this at home moment with Vittorio Brumotti; Video: Star Wars-inspired cycling jerseys released; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, stage 16
Australia’s top ranked female rider, Chloe Hosking, said she plans to appeal the decision by Cycling Australia not to select her as a part of the team for the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen later this month.
In a controversial decision, Australian team selectors didn’t just omit Hosking, who is ranked eighth in the world, but also left two places on the team unfilled. This means despite Australia having earned the right to send seven riders to the Worlds road race, as the third-ranked nation in the world, the plan is only to send five.
“As Australia’s top ranked rider and the most winning rider we have had in a while, I kind of feel like it’s my responsibility to not just let this decision stand. I know the history of appeals; they are very rarely successful. But $250 seems like a small price to pay to let Cycling Australia know my thoughts,” Hosking told Ella CyclingTips.
The decision not to field a full team drew disappointment not just from those riders left off the roster, but those selected as well. Cycling Australia High Performance director Simon Jones said in an interview with Ella CyclingTips that it was a decision based on the team’s prospects for a result.
“The women they’ve done well this year, but from what I can see looking at the events in the single road races or the big races, we don’t have a clear athlete that we can back 100% with a full team,” said Jones. “And on that basis – and on the only basis that I think which is performance first – we felt that was best.”
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