• Rachel Neylan (R) is one of two riders appealing non-selection for the UCI Road World Championships. (Getty)
Australian cyclists Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan have had an initial win in the selection controversy over the world road championships team.
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13 Sep - 9:24 PM  UPDATED 13 Sep - 9:26 PM

It's unclear so far whether Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan will be added to the Australian team for the world road cycling championships.

A Cycling Australia review panel has "allowed" their appeals and put the ball back in the court of the selectors.

But it wasn't immediately clear whether the ruling meant Hosking and Neylan would be added to the team.

The two Olympians appealed after selectors decided to fill only five of the seven places for the women's road team at the worlds next week in Bergen, Norway.

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Australia’s cycling community remains divided on a decision to fill only five of a qualified seven places in the national women’s team ahead of the UCI Road World Championships.

The decision predictably caused an uproar in the sport.

CA announced late on Wednesday that the appeal verdict meant the selectors would look at the women's selections again.

"Appeals lodged by Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan in relation to Australian Women's team selections for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships have both been allowed, based on a determination of UCI quota spots," the statement read.

"The (panel) has referred the matter back to the CA selectors who will now reconvene and reconsider the selection decision."

The 2017 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Bergen, Norway from 167-24 September and will be broadcast on SBS Viceland and streamed online.

It is understood the appeals were allowed because of an anomaly in the way the quota spots are filled.

Australia, as the No.3 nation in the world, is entitled to a full team of seven riders.

While Hosking, in particular, has won round one of her challenge against the selectors, that might not mean she is added to the team. The London Olympian is the top-ranked Australian in world rankings at No.11, but she is a sprint specialist not suited to the tough Bergen course.

Neylan, 35, a silver medallist at the 2012 road worlds, rode at the Rio Olympics and is rider perhaps better suited to the Bergen course but her UCI world ranking is 125 and well below other riders.

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