Women's Olympic road race allocations taking shape

Stevens a virtual lock for USA's London Olympics team

With no more women's races before the May 31 deadline to qualify nations for their Olympic Games spots, the UCI's nations rankings published yesterday are a good indication of which countries will send how many riders to London in July.

The top five nations in the women's rankings as of May 29 are The Netherlands, Germany, the United States of America, Italy and Great Britain. The top five countries will send four women for the road race. The men's road race and individual time trial places have already been awarded. Time trial athletes must take part in the road race as part of the assigned allocation.

The latest rankings also factor into the USA team selection. After winning La Flèche Wallonne and sitting seventh in the overall individual rankings, Evelyn Stevens is almost assured to be included in the USA team for London. The selection criteria include a World Cup win as a part of the selection criteria, but for only one athlete.

Sprinter Shelley Olds won a World Cup as well, the Tour of Chongming Island, but the USA Cycling selection procedure states that if more than one rider wins a World Cup, the highest ranked rider in the World Cup first, or UCI rankings next will determine who is given the nod.

Since Olds and Stevens are each at 75 points in the World Cup rankings, Stevens' seventh in the UCI rankings trumps Olds' 30th place.

The countries ranked sixth through 13th will be awarded three places, which should go to Sweden, Australia, Russia, Belgium, Canada, France, Brazil and South Africa.

Some countries with two slots, those ranked 14th-23rd will have one position removed if all of the countries with riders in the top 100 individual rankings don't already have an allocation by virtue of their position in the nations rankings.

Since there are 10 nations that meet the above criteria, all 10 of the countries ranked 14th through 23rd will have one position: Lithuania, New Zealand, Venezuela, Cuba, Luxembourg, Ukraine, China, El Salvador, Belarus and Norway.

Mexico, Thailand, Finland, Chinese Taipei, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Poland, Korea and Slovenia should be also added to the roster with one position each.

To fill out the 67-woman start list, Asian, African and American continental champions award positions for countries not already given a quota (Hong Kong, Mauritius and Chile, respectively).

Olympic women's road race qualifications per nation, estimated

#CountryQuota
1Netherlands4 
2Germany4 
3United States Of America4 
4Italy4 
5Great Britain4 
6Sweden3 
7Australia3 
8Russian Federation3 
9Belgium3 
10Canada3 
11France3 
12Brazil3 
13South Africa3 
14Lithuania1 
15New Zealand1 
16Venezuela1 
17Cuba1 
18Luxembourg1 
19Ukraine1 
20People's Republic of China1 
21El Salvador1 
22Belarus1 
23Norway1 
24Mexico1 
25Thailand1 
26Korea1 
27Finland1 
28Chinese Taipei1 
29Poland1 
30Estonia1 
31Japan1 
32Switzerland  
33Azerbaijan1 
34Slovenia1 
35Mauritius1 
36Hong Kong, China1 
37Colombia  
38Czech Republic  
39Greece  
40Mongolia  
41Ireland  
42Zimbabwe  
43Portugal  
44Israel  
45Turkey  
46Spain  
47Austria  
48Denmark  
49Malaysia  
50Romania  
51Serbia  
52Croatia  
53Belize  
54Eritrea  
55Vietnam  
56Hungary  
57Guyana  
58Netherlands Antilles  
59Morocco  
60Kazakhstan  
61Chile  
62Argentina  
63Antigua and Barbuda  
64Ivory Coast  
65Namibia  
66Latvia  
67Egypt  
Author: Cycling News

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