Cycling Australia has announced its long-teams for the UCI Road World Championships in Florence, with an abundance of talent available in all categories, and for the first time this year, selection contingent on a strong new anti-doping document.
The under 23 men's line up is made up heavily of the AIS's World Tour Academy members, with under 23 national champion Jordan Kerby and Huon-Genesys rider Aaron Donnelly the only riders to have made the long-list outside of the Academy. The team has strong chances in both the time trial, with Damien Howson, and road race, through Caleb Ewan, Campbell Flakemore, Adam Phelan or Sam Spokes.
U23 Men - To be selected; five for the road race and two for the time trial plus Oceania Champion in each event if selected.
From: Aaron Donnelly (Huon-Genesys), Caleb Ewan (Jayco-AIS), Alexander Edmondson (Jayco-AIS / Euride Racing), Campbell Flakemore (Jayco-AIS / Huon-Genesys), Damien Howson (Jayco-AIS), Jordan Kerby (Christina - Onfone), Bradley Linfield (Jayco-AIS ), Alexander Morgan (Jayco-AIS), Mitchell Mulhern (Jayco-AIS), Adam Phelan (Jayco-AIS / Drapac Pro Cycling), Samuel Spokes (Etixx-Ihned, and Calvin Watson (Jayco-AIS)
The women's team includes national champions Shara Gillow and Gracie Elvin, with plenty of depth to call on. Limburg silver medallist Rachel Neylan is a likely starter, as is all-rounder Tiffany Cromwell.
Elite Women - To be selected; seven riders in the road race and two in the time trial plus Oceania Champion in each event if selected.
From: Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS), Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), Chloe Hosking (Team Hitec), Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS), Taryn Heather (Jayco-AIS), Amy Bradley (Specialized Securitor), Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS), Loren Rowney (Specialized-Lululemon), Annette Edmondson (Orica-AIS), Amy Cure (Jayco-AIS / Team Polygon Australia), Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS), Rachel Neylan (Hitec), Grace Sulzberger (Jayco-AIS / Team Polygon Australia), Lauren Kitchen (Wiggle Honda), Ruth Corset (Pensar SPM), and Carlee Taylor (Lotto-Belisol)
The men's squad includes plenty of options, but settling on a final nine rider team for the road race will be no easy task for Bradley McGee. Richie Porte, Simon Gerrans and Cadel Evans are all viable choices for leadership, though in a recent interview with Cycling Central, McGee said the team would head to Florence with as much versatility as possible. Durbridge is a no-brainer for the time trial, while notable omissions include Jack Bobridge and Matthew Goss.
Elite Men - To be selected; nine riders in the road race and two in the time trial
From: Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE), Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp), Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE), Cadel Evans (BMC), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE), Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Mathew Hayman (SKY), Michael Mathews (Orica-GreenEDGE), Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEDGE), Lachlan Morton (Garmin-Sharp), Richie Porte (SKY), Michael Rogers (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Wesley Sulzberger (Orica-GreenEDGE), Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Bank Tinkoff Bank), David Tanner (Belkin), Cameron Wurf (Cannondale)
An added criteria for this year's race will be the requirement of athletes wishing to be considered for final selection signing the Cycling Australia "No Doping Declaration", a statutory declaration that obliges athletes to unequivocally state their history with drugs in sport. Athletes must, as well as stating that they understand the WADA code, and what can be considered doping infractions also nominate themselves in one of the following categories.
2.1. [ ] I am not now committing and never have committed an anti-doping
rule violation when participating in or involved with cycling, or any other
sport compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, in Australia or elsewhere
in the world.
2.2. [ ] I have one or more prior convictions from an Anti-doping Agency for
an anti-doping rule violation and attached to this declaration are the
relevant documents including the notification of any and all sanctions that
were imposed on me.
2.3 [ ] In addition to the anti-doping rule violation/s disclosed under
paragraph 2.2, I have committed one or more additional rule violation/s
when participating in or involved with cycling, or another sport compliant
with the World Anti-Doping Code, in Australia or anywhere in the world and
attached to this declaration is a statement by me setting out all the relevant
circumstances of each and every such activity including the dates, team
membership and the substance/s or method/s I used. I have not been
convicted by any Anti-doping Agency for any of those activities.
The maximum penalty for making an intentionally false statement on a statutory declaration is four years in prison.
The final team selections will be finalised and announced by September 14 subject to athletes returning the CA national team agreement and the CA No Doping Declaration.