TASMANIA will have three representatives in the Australian team for the upcoming 2013 UCI Road World Championships to be staged in Florence, Italy, from September 22-29, after Cycling Australia yesterday announced its final selection of riders.
Hadspen's Richie Porte (Sky) will join Cadel Evans (BMC) in the elite men's team and both grand tour standouts should be well suited to the tough Florence circuit.
Evans won the 2011 Tour de France while Porte was instrumental in the 2013 Tour victory of Sky teammate Chris Froome.
Porte will double up at the world championships, riding the elite men's time trial along with Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp).
West Pine's Amy Cure (Jayco-AIS/Team Polygon Australia), has earned a spot on the women's elite team which will be led by Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS) who will race both the road and time trial events.
They are joined by Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS), Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), Lauren Kitchen (Wiggle Honda), Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS) and Carlee Taylor (Lotto-Belisol).
Hobart's Campbell Flakemore has been picked in the under-23 men's team and will ride both the road race and the individual time trial.
``Australia always go into the worlds with the expectation that our athletes will challenge for podium positions,'' Cycling Australia's high performance director Kevin Tabotta said.
``Despite recent high profile omissions through injury, this group is capable of delivering across the categories,''
``The road race course is one of the toughest we've seen for a while with some technical descending whereas the TT course is flat and very fast so we've selected riders accordingly.''
Directeur Sportif for the elite men Brad McGee agreed that the men were in good shape.
``Cadel, Richie and Rohan Dennis have all shown very strong recent form and they will be supported by a highly capable line up of seasoned professionals, who will take the helm for the first time in Florence,'' McGee said.
``Despite a couple of late injury set backs we have a strong squad capable of making the podium and we are going to Italy expecting success.''