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Kiwis fight for places to ride the World Champs
Aug 19th, 11. Showing the strength of Kiwi cycling, there is plenty of competition for the limited places on the New Zealand team for next month's UCI Road World Championships.
This week the UCI finalised the team quotas for the road and time trials of the men's U23, men's and women's elite and junior categories.
They are based on the latest rankings of the UCI World Classification and UCI Continental Circuits.
In the road races, New Zealand can field three elite men, six elite women and three U23 men. The country can also have two starters in each category of the time trial.
This year, instead of having their own competition, the juniors will race alongside the older riders. NZ can field five male juniors and four female juniors in the road race, and two of each in the time trial.
The Championships are to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 19th to 25th September, and RoadCycling.co.nz understands the full New Zealand team will be named late next week.
To date the only finalised names are those in the junior team - James Oram (TT and RR) , Fraser Gough (TT and RR), Dion Smith (RR), Alex Frame (RR), Georgia Williams (TT and RR) and Sophie Williamson (RR).
With the London Olympics less than a year away, any elite rider who wants to be considered for that event will be looking for an opportunity to prove themselves at the Worlds - but first they have to make the team.
With Julian Dean, Greg Henderson, Hayden Roulston, Sam Bewley and Jesse Sergent in UCI World Tour teams, plus many others doing so well in their UCI Continental and trade teams this international season, there are plenty of riders worthy of a place in the mens' teams.
In 2010 it was Dean, Henderson and Roulston racing in black in the men's road race. Gordon McCauley and Jack Bauer, who was a late replacement for a sick Jeremy Vennell, rode the men's time trial. Linda Villumsen provided the Kiwi performance of the championships with her bronze medal in the women's time trial.
In the other races, Cath Cheatley earned her second Top 20 placing in the women's road race - unfortunately she is ruled out due to injury this year - and George Bennett led the Kiwi charge in the U23 road race.
The men's road race begins with a 28km stretch before the riders enter the first of eighteen laps of 14km. All other road races begin and end on the circuit.
World Championship quotas
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