Commonwealth Games representative Sharlotte Lucas has been added to the New Zealand team for this month’s UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Austria.
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Lucas was originally selected as a non-travelling reserve for the team to contest the world championships road race on 29 September at Innsbruck.
Cycling New Zealand said the 26-year-old was selected after considering supplementary information from the rider.
Lucas won the Oceania title in March against the best New Zealand and Australian based riders who were not part of European and US-based UCI Professional teams, and she was fourth in this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Cycling New Zealand said that they have also had confirmation from Mitchelton Scott UCI professional Georgia Williams of her availability following a crash in her comeback race at the Boels Ladies Tour in the Netherlands at the weekend.
With Williams, the double New Zealand champion, now confirmed, they believe Lucas can play a support role in the gruelling 156km women’s elite race that includes over 4000m of climbing.
Mikayla Harvey and Grace Anderson, currently riding for US-based Team Illuminate, will need to prove their capability in two upcoming races in Europe to be considered for selection.