Three ruled out, but strong line-up for the elite men’s road race


Summary

Three key riders had to rule themselves unavailable for selection in the Australia team to race in the men’s elite road race at this month’s world championships.
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Simon Gerrans is out with a fractured hip, Michael Rogers with a shoulder injury and Adam Hansen due to fatigue after finishing the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday.

However, selectors have still named a strong nine-rider line-up for the 272km event, which will be raced on the final day of the September 22-29 titles at Florence, Italy.

RUPERT GUINNESS looks at who they are and their form and roles.

Leaders

Cadel Evans (Vic/BMC) Evans (pictured), 36, 2009 world champion, made great return to form with stage win in Tour of Alberta earlier this month and strong rides in World Tour races, Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (12th at 8 secs) last Friday and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (18th at 26secs) on Sunday. Form for world title race on hilly course augurs well.

Richie Porte (Tas/Sky) After a strong Tour de France (19th) to help Chris Froome win, raced Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (54th), Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (DNF) and US Pro Cycling Challenge (92nd) for training, not results. Porte, 28, will relish world’s route and should recover well from individual time trial four days earlier.

Sprint option

Michael Matthews (ACT/Orica-GreenEDGE) Unafraid of hills or of joining breakaway, as he did in last year’s world titles on a hilly course at Valkenburg in the Netherlands. Matthews, 22, is a sprinter who likes a selective course. A threat should he find himself in a lead group. In terrific form, with two stage wins in the Vuelta a Espana.

Team Captain

Mathew Hayman (NSW/Sky) Hayman, 35, brings 13 years’ experience as a professional. He must co-ordinate tactics to protect team leaders and help them save energy before race explodes; a crucial role in a race with no radio contact between riders and their sports director in the team car behind.

Domestiques

Simon Clarke (Vic/Orica-GreenEDGE) Finished world’s preparation on Sunday, placing 69th in the Vuelta a Espana. Strong climber, unafraid to go in breaks, Clarke, 27, should provide great cover for Evans or Porte in the back end of the race, as he did for Evans in 2009.

Rohan Dennis (SA/Garmin-Sharp) Dennis, 23, has had a top rookie season that includes overall and stage 3 wins in the Tour of Alberta. Never raced over 230km, but form and hill-climbing ability should help early on. In his first senior world’s, he will also race in the individual time trial.

Cameron Meyer (WA/Orica-GreenEDGE) Tour de France finish with team time trial win and ninth on hilly stage 16. Meyer, 25, raced Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (98th), Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (DNF) and Tour of Alberta (35th). Good for an early long-range breakaway.

Rory Sutherland (ACT/Saxo-Tinkoff) Strong climber, Sutherland, 31, can support Evans and Porte in the hills. Last races include US Pro Cycling Challenge (9th), Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (75th) and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (83rd).

David Tanner (Vic/Belkin) Tanner, 28, has valuable all-round qualities. Provides strong, reliable, selfless back-up to riders – and can do so in all terrain. Rode very well at last year’s world’s at Valkenburg. In good form after finishing Vuelta a Espana on Sunday in 106th place.

Twitter: @rupertguinnesss

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Three key riders had to rule themselves unavailable for selection in the Australia team to race in the men’s elite road race at this month’s world championships.
Nanjing Night Net

Simon Gerrans is out with a fractured hip, Michael Rogers with a shoulder injury and Adam Hansen due to fatigue after finishing the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday.

However, selectors have still named a strong nine-rider line-up for the 272km event, which will be raced on the final day of the September 22-29 titles at Florence, Italy.

RUPERT GUINNESS looks at who they are and their form and roles.

Leaders

Cadel Evans (Vic/BMC) Evans (pictured), 36, 2009 world champion, made great return to form with stage win in Tour of Alberta earlier this month and strong rides in World Tour races, Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (12th at 8 secs) last Friday and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (18th at 26secs) on Sunday. Form for world title race on hilly course augurs well.

Richie Porte (Tas/Sky) After a strong Tour de France (19th) to help Chris Froome win, raced Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (54th), Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (DNF) and US Pro Cycling Challenge (92nd) for training, not results. Porte, 28, will relish world’s route and should recover well from individual time trial four days earlier.

Sprint option

Michael Matthews (ACT/Orica-GreenEDGE) Unafraid of hills or of joining breakaway, as he did in last year’s world titles on a hilly course at Valkenburg in the Netherlands. Matthews, 22, is a sprinter who likes a selective course. A threat should he find himself in a lead group. In terrific form, with two stage wins in the Vuelta a Espana.

Team Captain

Mathew Hayman (NSW/Sky) Hayman, 35, brings 13 years’ experience as a professional. He must co-ordinate tactics to protect team leaders and help them save energy before race explodes; a crucial role in a race with no radio contact between riders and their sports director in the team car behind.

Domestiques

Simon Clarke (Vic/Orica-GreenEDGE) Finished world’s preparation on Sunday, placing 69th in the Vuelta a Espana. Strong climber, unafraid to go in breaks, Clarke, 27, should provide great cover for Evans or Porte in the back end of the race, as he did for Evans in 2009.

Rohan Dennis (SA/Garmin-Sharp) Dennis, 23, has had a top rookie season that includes overall and stage 3 wins in the Tour of Alberta. Never raced over 230km, but form and hill-climbing ability should help early on. In his first senior world’s, he will also race in the individual time trial.

Cameron Meyer (WA/Orica-GreenEDGE) Tour de France finish with team time trial win and ninth on hilly stage 16. Meyer, 25, raced Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (98th), Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (DNF) and Tour of Alberta (35th). Good for an early long-range breakaway.

Rory Sutherland (ACT/Saxo-Tinkoff) Strong climber, Sutherland, 31, can support Evans and Porte in the hills. Last races include US Pro Cycling Challenge (9th), Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (75th) and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (83rd).

David Tanner (Vic/Belkin) Tanner, 28, has valuable all-round qualities. Provides strong, reliable, selfless back-up to riders – and can do so in all terrain. Rode very well at last year’s world’s at Valkenburg. In good form after finishing Vuelta a Espana on Sunday in 106th place.

Twitter: @rupertguinnesss

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.