'Embrace the chaos' - Underdog status a bonus for Australia at aggressive Worlds women's road race

Alex Manly and Amanda Spratt chatting during the 2022 Road World Championships
Alex Manly and Amanda Spratt chatting during the 2022 Road World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There are some teams and riders that everyone is squarely looking to as key favourites at the women's elite/U23 road race on Sunday at the UCI Road World Championships and the Australians aren't necessarily among them, but that may not be a bad thing for the green and gold clad squad.

The team is content for it to be other riders, like Belgian favourite Lotte Kopecky and pretty much the entire Dutch team, that have a target on their back across the 154.1km race on Sunday, which includes 2,229m of vertical ascent and six laps of a brutally technical 14.3km city circuit.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.

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