Cycling appeals allowed ahead of worlds

Roger Vaughan

Australian cyclists Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan have had an initial win in the selection controversy over the world road championships team.

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.

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 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."

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.

The Australian men's team does not feature fellow sprinter Caleb Ewan.

Instead, the top hope for the men is Michael Matthews, who is more of an all-rounder.

Neylan, a silver medallist at the 2012 road worlds, rode at the Rio Olympics and is rider probably better suited to the Bergen course.