Cycling Australia has announced their line-up for cycling’s World Champions which take place later this month in Florence, Italy.
Cadel Evans (BMC) and Richie Porte (Team Sky) headline the men’s elite team with the in-form Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) and Rory Sutherland (Saxo Bank) also featuring. Porte and Dennis take Australia’s two slots for the men’s elite time trial.
Simon Gerrans misses out through injury, while Adam Hansen removed himself from possible selection. Michael Mathews, Mathew Hayman, Simon Clarke, Cameron Meyer, and David Tanner make up the rest of the nine-man team.
Directeur Sportif for the elite men, Brad McGee, takes charge for the first time.
“Cadel, Richie and Rohan Dennis have all shown very strong recent form and they will be supported by a highly capable line up of seasoned professionals.” said McGee, who will take the helm for the first time in Florence,” said directeur sportif for the men Brad McGee.
“Despite a couple of late injury set backs we have a strong squad capable of making the podium and we are going to Italy expecting success.”
The seven-strong Australian women’s team comprises of four Orica-AIS riders. Tiffany Cromwell, Gracie Elvin, Shara Gillow, and Amanda Spratt are joined by Amy Cure, Lauren Kitchen and Lotto’s Carlee Taylor.
Gillow will represent the team in the individual time trial.
"Australia always go into the Worlds with the expectation that our athletes will challenge for podium positions. Despite recent high profile omissions through injury, this group is capable of delivering across the categories.” said Cycling Australia’s High Performance Director Kevin Tabotta in a team statement.
“Shara Gillow and Tiffany Cromwell have recorded some of the best Aussie women’s results in recent memory, particularly in events such as the Giro Rosa, and on a good day this road race course will be well suited to them.”
Men’s elite team: Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE), Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Mathew Hayman (Team SKY), Michael Mathews (Orica-GreenEDGE), Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEDGE), Richie Porte (Team SKY), Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Bank Tinkoff Bank), David Tanner (Belkin Pro Cycling)
Time Trial: Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp), Richie Porte (Team SKY)
Women’s elite team: Amy Cure (Jayco-AIS / Team Polygon Australia), Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS), Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS), Lauren Kitchen (Wiggle Honda), Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS), Carlee Taylor (Lotto-Belisol)
Time Trial: Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS)
U23 team: Caleb Ewan (Jayco-AIS WTA), Campbell Flakemore (Jayco-AIS WTA/ Huon-Genesys), Damien Howson (Jayco-AIS WTA), Bradley Linfield (Jayco-AIS WTA), Adam Phelan (Drapac Profesional Cycling), Samuel Spokes (Jayco-AIS WTA / Etixx-Ihned), Calvin Watson (Jayco-AIS WTA)
Time Trial: Campbell Flakemore (Jayco-AIS WTA), Damien Howson (Jayco-AIS WTA)