Cyclists added to Australian team after appeal
CYCLING: Cycling Australia has bowed to pressure by adding two more female riders to its world road championship team heading to Norway.
The organisation came under fire after failing to fill its quota, selecting five women instead of seven for the titles that start on Sunday.
Chloe Hosking and Rachel Neylan successfully appealed their omissions to an independent panel and were subsequently added to the Australian team.
Most of the criticism had been levelled at Cycling Australia high-performance chief Simon Jones, who was formerly head of innovation at Team Sky.
"With the worlds starting this week, and with the athletes in mind, I want us to move forward quickly and focus on the bike racing," Jones said in a media release on Friday.
"I take this opportunity to welcome Chloe and Rachel to the team.
"I'm also looking forward to sitting down and meeting the team face to face in Bergen and discussing my vision, ideas and plans for the future."