2021 road events to be 'weighted with higher importance' for Australian Olympic selection

Australia's Michael Matthews at the 2019 World Championships road race
Australia's Michael Matthews was one of fewer than 50 finishers at the 2019 World Championships elite men’s road race in Yorkshire, in the UK (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Australian Cycling Team has announced that more weight will be given to events in the early part of next season when it comes to road selection for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games – which have been postponed until July 23-August 8, 2021 – while the selection process will remain "frozen" for much of the rescheduled 2020 season, until shortly before the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in late September.

"Cycling Australia will add several races from the 2020 calendar to the Olympic nomination document but races in 2021 will be weighted with higher importance," read a press release on Thursday regarding road-cycling selection for the Tokyo Games, with the qualification period having been suspended since March 3 due to the coronavirus crisis.

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