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Norway to send as many riders as possible to Worlds road race

By:
Richard Tyler
Published:
August 10, 2009, 17:04 BST,
Updated:
August 10, 2009, 18:54 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 10, 2009
Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) with Norwegian fans.

Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) with Norwegian fans.

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NCF confirm Hushovd and Boasson Hagen in squad

The Norwegian cycling federation, Norges Cykleforbund (NCF), will send as many riders as it can to the men's elite World Championship road race, on September 27. The nation was ranked ninth in the latest round of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) world rankings and according to UCI rules, it may send up to nine riders for the worlds road race.

"We want to use as much as possible of the UCI's quota," said Steffen KjærGaard, sports director for the NCF. "For the first time in history we have the opportunity to come up with a full World Championship team. One of our limitations... is gone."

This year has seen a changing of the traditionally European guard amongst nations at the top of the World rankings. The Netherlands and France find themselves able to select just six riders for the championship race after slipping down the UCI's list. Their departure from the top 10 has opened the door to nations including Great Britain, the United States and Norway, who will each be eligible to select nine riders.

The NCF said a final selection for Norway's Worlds team would be made in September. However, it did confirm that the two riders solely responsible for Norway's position in the World rankings, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam), would be part of the team.

All of Norway's 414 UCI points were provided by the two ProTour riders. Hushovd's win in the points competition at the Tour de France was proceeded by third place finishes at both Milan San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, giving him a total of 218 points. Boassen Hagen put the finishing touches on his own 198-point total at last week's Tour of Poland, where he won two stages and claimed third overall.

Last year, Boassen Hagen was one of just three Norwegian riders eligible to start the World Championships in Varese, Italy.

Norway has never won a men's elite World Championship medal.

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