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by Shane Stokes
September 23, 2017
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It’s the eve before the 2017 UCI Road World Championships road race and Chloe Hosking is keeping an eye on the TV screen in the hotel lobby as she talks. The junior men are racing and she wants to see what’s working and what isn’t. She’s seen the course, of course, reccied it with the Australian selection that was finalised only eight days ago.
Ten days ago, Hosking didn’t think she’d be sitting here. In its initial roster announcement, Cycling Australia had controversially decided to leave two of its allotted seven roster spots unfilled, and Hosking – Australia’s best ranked female rider – was left off the roster.
At the time, Cycling Australia High Performance director Simon Jones told Ella CyclingTips that the decision not to take a full team was made purely on a performance basis, as the Australian women didn’t have a clear athlete that could be backed 100% with a full team.
It was a statement that provoked an uproar from cycling fans and riders alike, given the nation’s female riders had lifted their ranking up to the third-best nation in the world and individual riders had delivered high-level performances at some key races on the calendar.
Hosking spoke up, announcing that she would appeal and expressing that her concern was about far more than a slight to her ego, but was about the bigger issue of what message it sent out to the potential next generation of female athletes.
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