As the 2013 season draws to a close, there remains one final test to be faced. A drama that will unfold on the hilly Tuscan roads of Firenze, a cycling heartland that sits among the world's best. In the bid for rainbow stripes, and a national first, the weight of a nation will fall on the shoulders of eight Australian women. Kate Bates takes a look at who should be lining up for the elite women's road race and time trial in Florence.
Rachel Neylan took silver at last year's UCI Road World Championships in Limburg - but the Australian women are still yet to take the rainbow jersey - might 2013 be their year? (Getty Images)