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by Shane Stokes
September 15, 2017
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Successful appeals by Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan have led to Cycling Australia reversing its unpopular decision to leave two women’s road team spots unfilled for the UCI Road World Championships.
Last week there was at first surprise and then uproar as the cycling community saw that the women’s road team list ended after just five names. It was two short of the seven places the Australian women had earned as a result of being the world’s third-ranked cycling nation.
Hosking, Australia’s top-ranked rider at number eight in the world, quickly said she intended to appeal. Neylan, a former World Championship silver medallist also joined her. By Wednesday Cycling Australia said that the appeals had been allowed by the independent Selection Review Panel. The issue was referred back to the selectors who were asked to reconsider their choice.
The outcome? Hosking and Neylan were both added to the team. Australia now has the seven riders it is entitled to under the quota system (excluding the spot allowed for the Oceania Champion), but announced just nine days out from the race in Bergen amid a storm of controversy.
Cycling Australia High Performance director Simon Jones said in a statement that “with the Worlds starting this week, and with the athletes in mind, I want us to move forward quickly and focus on the bike racing.”
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