UCI releases Olympic road race allocations

Luxembourg, Norway, Ireland hit for lack of depth

The UCI today announced the number of elite men's road cycling spaces each National Olympic Committee has been offered for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Host country Great Britain earned the maximum number of places to support world champion Mark Cavendish in his goal of taking home the Olympic gold.

Each country can earn a maximum of five spots in the road race and two in the time trial, but only six countries claimed the maximum in both events. World silver medalist Matt Goss helped earn the top spots for Australia, while defending Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez helped Spain to five spots. Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland also took the maximum allocation.

Places in the men's road race and time trial were based upon each country's ranking in the UCI WorldTour, Continental Tours, Continental Championships and rider rankings in the UCI tours.

Belgium, Italy and the USA earned five spots in the road race and one in the time trial, while Denmark and Kazakhstan were awarded the maximum number of places for the time trial.

While the top 10 of the WorldTour nations rankings earned five places and the 11th-15th placed countries earned four, each country could only qualify as many spots as it had riders in the 2011 WorldTour individual rankings. Therefore, Luxembourg, which was ninth in the WorldTour but only scored points with Fränk and Andy Schleck, was awarded just two places in the road race and one in the time trial.

Similarly, Norway (Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thor Hushovd and Alexander Kristoff) and Ireland (Daniel Martin, Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche) were each awarded three places, despite taking 12th and 13th, respectively. Kazakhstan took 15th and claimed two places, qualified by Alexandre Vinokourov and Sergey Renev.

The top countries of each Continental Tour; Morocco (Africa Tour), Colombia (Americas) and Iran (Asia), were awarded three spots in the road race, while Italy (Europe) and Australia (Oceania) had already qualified the maximum through the WorldTour rankings.

Canada earned just one place in the road race and time trial, while China failed to qualify a single spot - however, Hong Kong was awarded one place in each event.

The allocations for women's road events will not be calculated until the end of May, 2012.

For the time trial, the top 15 countries in the WorldTour each earned one spot, while the top nations in the Continental Tours earned a single spot. Countries in the top 10 of the 2011 road world championships time trial earned one additional place in the time trial in London.

National Olympic Committees now have until November 17 to confirm they intend to use all of their spaces. If there are any unused spots in the 145-rider peloton, the UCI will distribute them between March and April 2012.

2012 Olympic Qualifications

Road Race - Men
Australia5  
Belgium5  
Germany5  
Great Britain5  
Italy5  
Netherlands5  
Spain5  
Switzerland5  
United States of America5  
Denmark4  
France4  
Belarus3  
Brazil3  
Colombia3  
Ireland3  
Islamic Republic of Iran3  
Morocco3  
Norway3  
Poland3  
Portugal3  
Russian Federation3  
Slovenia3  
Turkey3  
Venezuela3  
Austria2  
Bulgaria2  
Croatia2  
Czech Republic2  
Japan2  
Kazakhstan2  
Lithuania2  
Luxembourg2  
Malaysia2  
New Zealand2  
Serbia2  
Ukraine2  
Uzbekistan2  
Algeria1  
Argentina1  
Canada1  
Chile1  
Costa Rica1  
Cuba1  
Ecuador1  
Eritrea1  
Estonia1  
Greece1  
Guatemala1  
Hong Kong, China1  
Hungary1  
Korea1  
Latvia1  
Mexico1  
Namibia1  
Romania1  
Slovakia1  
South Africa1  
Sweden1  
Uruguay1  
Time trial - Men
Australia2  
Denmark2  
Germany2  
Great Britain2  
Kazakhstan2  
Netherlands2  
Spain2  
Switzerland2  
Argentina1  
Belarus1  
Belgium1  
Brazil1  
Canada1  
Colombia1  
France1  
Ireland1  
Islamic Republic of Iran1  
Italy1  
Japan1  
Lithuania1  
Luxembourg1  
Morocco1  
New Zealand1  
Norway1  
Poland1  
Portugal1  
Russian Federation1  
Slovenia1  
Sweden1  
Turkey1  
United States Of America1  
Venezuela1  

 

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