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UCI releases Olympic road race allocations

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The bunch comes around the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace

The bunch comes around the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace (Image credit: gerry mc)
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Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) celebrates as he beats Sacha Modolo (Italy) and Samuel Dumoulin (France) to win the London-Surrey Classic road race

Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) celebrates as he beats Sacha Modolo (Italy) and Samuel Dumoulin (France) to win the London-Surrey Classic road race (Image credit: gerry mc)

The UCI today announced the number of elite men's road cycling spaces each National Olympic Committee has been offered for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Host country Great Britain earned the maximum number of places to support world champion Mark Cavendish in his goal of taking home the Olympic gold.

Each country can earn a maximum of five spots in the road race and two in the time trial, but only six countries claimed the maximum in both events. World silver medalist Matt Goss helped earn the top spots for Australia, while defending Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez helped Spain to five spots. Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland also took the maximum allocation.

Places in the men's road race and time trial were based upon each country's ranking in the UCI WorldTour, Continental Tours, Continental Championships and rider rankings in the UCI tours.

Belgium, Italy and the USA earned five spots in the road race and one in the time trial, while Denmark and Kazakhstan were awarded the maximum number of places for the time trial.

While the top 10 of the WorldTour nations rankings earned five places and the 11th-15th placed countries earned four, each country could only qualify as many spots as it had riders in the 2011 WorldTour individual rankings. Therefore, Luxembourg, which was ninth in the WorldTour but only scored points with Fränk and Andy Schleck, was awarded just two places in the road race and one in the time trial.

Similarly, Norway (Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thor Hushovd and Alexander Kristoff) and Ireland (Daniel Martin, Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche) were each awarded three places, despite taking 12th and 13th, respectively. Kazakhstan took 15th and claimed two places, qualified by Alexandre Vinokourov and Sergey Renev.

The top countries of each Continental Tour; Morocco (Africa Tour), Colombia (Americas) and Iran (Asia), were awarded three spots in the road race, while Italy (Europe) and Australia (Oceania) had already qualified the maximum through the WorldTour rankings.

Canada earned just one place in the road race and time trial, while China failed to qualify a single spot - however, Hong Kong was awarded one place in each event.

The allocations for women's road events will not be calculated until the end of May, 2012.

For the time trial, the top 15 countries in the WorldTour each earned one spot, while the top nations in the Continental Tours earned a single spot. Countries in the top 10 of the 2011 road world championships time trial earned one additional place in the time trial in London.

National Olympic Committees now have until November 17 to confirm they intend to use all of their spaces. If there are any unused spots in the 145-rider peloton, the UCI will distribute them between March and April 2012.

2012 Olympic Qualifications

Road Race - Men
Australia5
Belgium5
Germany5
Great Britain5
Italy5
Netherlands5
Spain5
Switzerland5
United States of America5
Denmark4
France4
Belarus3
Brazil3
Colombia3
Ireland3
Islamic Republic of Iran3
Morocco3
Norway3
Poland3
Portugal3
Russian Federation3
Slovenia3
Turkey3
Venezuela3
Austria2
Bulgaria2
Croatia2
Czech Republic2
Japan2
Kazakhstan2
Lithuania2
Luxembourg2
Malaysia2
New Zealand2
Serbia2
Ukraine2
Uzbekistan2
Algeria1
Argentina1
Canada1
Chile1
Costa Rica1
Cuba1
Ecuador1
Eritrea1
Estonia1
Greece1
Guatemala1
Hong Kong, China1
Hungary1
Korea1
Latvia1
Mexico1
Namibia1
Romania1
Slovakia1
South Africa1
Sweden1
Uruguay1

Time trial - Men
Australia2
Denmark2
Germany2
Great Britain2
Kazakhstan2
Netherlands2
Spain2
Switzerland2
Argentina1
Belarus1
Belgium1
Brazil1
Canada1
Colombia1
France1
Ireland1
Islamic Republic of Iran1
Italy1
Japan1
Lithuania1
Luxembourg1
Morocco1
New Zealand1
Norway1
Poland1
Portugal1
Russian Federation1
Slovenia1
Sweden1
Turkey1
United States Of America1
Venezuela1