Cycling Australia has published the 'Cyclones' team for the upcoming UCI Road World Championships being held in Varese, Italy from September 23-28. While the rider selections for the U23 Men and the Elite Women squads are complete, the Elite Men's team still consists of 17 riders, of which nine starters for the road race (RR) and two for the time trial (TT) events will be appointed after September 14. The closing date for appeals against non-selection is Monday, September 8.
The Elite Men's long team thus consists of Ben Day (TT), Allan Davis (RR), Cadel Evans (RR & TT), Simon Gerrans (RR), Matthew Goss (RR), Adam Hansen (RR), Aaron Kemps (RR), Matt Lloyd (RR), Trent Lowe (RR), Robbie McEwen (RR), Bradley McGee (RR), Stuart O'Grady (RR), Mark Renshaw (RR), Michael Rogers (RR & TT), Chris Sutton (RR), William Walker (RR) and Matthew Wilson (RR).
Representing Australia in the U23 Men's events will be: Simon Clarke (RR), Mitchell Docker (RR), Cameron Meyer (RR & TT), Travis Meyer (RR & TT) and Wesley Sulzberger (RR).
The Elite Women's team will be composed of: Natalie Bates (RR), Nikki Egyed (RR), Rochelle Gilmore (RR), Bridie O'Donnell (TT), Alexis Rhodes (TT), Emma Rickards (RR), Carla Ryan (RR), Vicki Whitelaw (RR & TT) and Oenone Wood (RR).
O'Donnell (TT) and Gilmore (RR) are the reigning Oceania Continental Champions which means Australia can start three riders in the time trial and seven in the road race.