I can't help but think selectors may have already named the "final nine" men's elite riders for the UCI World Championships in Geelong.
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7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:36 PM

As we wait in anticipation for Tuesday's final selection of the Australian men's elite team to compete at the UCI Road World Championships in Geelong, I can't help but think selectors may have already picked the "final nine".

After looking at the five names to represent the green and gold of Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, I keep asking myself if this is this a sign from the powers-that-be?

Allan Davis, Matthew Hayman, Mark Renshaw, Richie Porte and Chris Sutton are going to Delhi - it's official.

Does their selection indicate they will not be in the road team for Geelong and by travelling to India they have been handed a "consolation prize?"

If that's the case, then what's the point of naming a 15-man Long Team in the first place?

The question of whether selectors choose an Australian worlds team based on form or reputation has been raised more than once in recent days.

Despite the long distances from Geelong to Delhi and the fact that the two gold medal events are separated by just seven days, I'd like to think Aussie riders would always be prepared to represent the national team, whatever the sacrifices and the gruelling travel times involved.

This being the case why isn't Robbie McEwen, Stuart O'Grady or Cadel Evans going to India?

Have they already notified Australia's coaching staff of their non-interest of appearing in the heat of Delhi after a long season on the pro-circuit?

Surely, if they can be earmarked for selection at the World Championships, then you'd think they'd be the first names on the sheet for anything less.

Is it simply a case of the Commonwealth Games losing its edge or, God forbid - prestige?

I mean when you've conquered the podiums of the Tour de France and/or other big races of Europe there's not much else for Australia's elite for which to aspire.

For mine, Mark Renshaw should be one of the first riders selected given his form this season.

How devastated will he be if he receives notification from the high performance coaches Shayne Bannan or Neil Stephens, his services in Victoria are not required?

I hope I'm wrong but by finalising the Commonwealth Games squad before the final selection of the worlds men's road race is released, I trust selectors won't be left with red faces.