USA gets six for Richmond World Championship men's road race

Defending champion Kwiatkowski misses shot at full team

The UCI finalized the rankings for the Continental tour classifications on Tuesday, sealing the selections for the UCI Road World Championship elite men's road race. The top 10 nations in the WorldTour rankings automatically earned nine-man teams for the race, giving Spain, Great Britain, Colombia, Italy, France, Belgium, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic full complements.

Defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski missed out on a full team as Poland was outside the top 10 in the WorldTour and Europe Tour rankings. He is will only have five teammates.

The United States narrowly met the requirement for a six-man team: as host country it was guaranteed six as long as it was in the top five nations of the UCI America Tour. However, before the Tour of Utah, it was sixth behind Brazil. While the performances of Utah overall winner Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) and third placed Brent Bookwalter (BMC) did not count toward that classification, the USA instead relied on stage winners Kiel Reijnen, Eric Young and Logan Owen to push them into fifth, just 42.5 points ahead of Brazil. Since Colombia, the number one ranked team, already qualified by being in the top 10 of the WorldTour, Brazil jumped into the rankings and gets three riders.

Slovenia, Ukraine, Russia, Denmark, Poland and Norway will have six riders, while Austria, Belarus, Portugal, Turkey, Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia and Ireland have three from their Europe Tour rankings.

Thanks to having a rider in the top 100 of the WorldTour individual rankings, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Slovakia and Costa Rica will have three riders, giving favourite Peter Sagan at least two lead-out men.

Latvia earned a single spot thanks to Gatis Smukulis' two points in the WorldTour. Azerbaijan, Greece, Romania and Serbia earned one spot each thanks to having riders in the top 200 in the Europe Tour.

The international ambitions of the African riders on MTN-Qhubeka and other teams hurt countries like Eritrea, who fell out of the top of the African Tour. Algeria will have six riders, Morocco and South Africa earned three spots, while Mekseb Debesay's fourth place on the Africa Continental circuit gives Eritrea at least one rider, likely Daniel Teklehaimanot, who held the Tour de France mountains jersey. Tunisia also earned one place.

Canada, which has suffered in previous years, earned six spots thanks to its strong performance in the America Tour. Venezuela also took six, while Argentina and Brazil took three. Chile, Ecuador and Guatemala earned one spot each.

In the Asia Tour, Iran topped the list with six, while Kazakhstan, Japan and Korea earned three spots.

Oceania's New Zealand gets three riders.

Tomas Nilsson contributed to this report.

Top 10 WorldTour Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Spain9 
2Great Britain9 
3Colombia9 
4Italy9 
5France9 
6Australia9 
7Netherlands9 
8Belgium9 
9Germany9 
10Czech Republic9 
Qualified Nations by the UCI Africa Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Algeria6 
2Morroco3 
3South Africa3 
Qualified Nations by the UCI America Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Canada6 
2Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela6 
3Argentina3 
4United States of America6 
5Brazil3 
Qualified Nations by the UCI Asia Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Islamic Republic of Iran6 
2Kazakhstan3 
3Japan3 
4Republic of Korea3 
Qualified Nations by the UCI Europe Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Slovenia6 
2Ukraine6 
3Russian Federation6 
4Denmark6 
5Poland6 
6Norway6 
7Austria3 
8Belarus3 
9Portugal3 
10Turkey3 
11Lithuania3 
12Estonia3 
13Croatia3 
14Ireland3 
Qualified Nations by the UCI Oceania Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1New Zealand3 
Qualified Countries by the UCI Individual UCI WorldTour ranking:
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Switzerland3 
2Slovakia3 
3Costa Rica3 
4Luxembourg3 
Nations which have one rider in the individual UCI WorldTour ranking:
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Latvia1 
Nations qualified by the individual ranking of the UCI Continental Circuits:
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
Africa Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Tunisia1 
2Eritrea1 
America Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Ecuador1 
2Chili1 
3Guatemala1 
Europe Tour
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPlaces
1Azerbaijan1 
2Greece1 
3Romania1 
4Serbia1 

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