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World Champs - Nation Qualification & General News

It hasn't been announced just yet but the Continental Tours were all updated some time today which means that the list of which nations can ride in the Men's R.R at the WC this year in Florence shouldn't be too far away.

It's always interesting to see which nations are riding and how many riders they get.

This article here explains it all well. I haven't tried to cross-reference it yet but it looks right, what do others think?

The biggest thing to come out of it is how many WT top 10 nations wont have full teams. Which is a plus for charity cases like Belgium (:P) as they get an extra rider, but it might make the advantage of full teams more pronounced. Especially if the peloton is whittled down climb after climb.

Figured we'd use this for any team announcement news as well.

Peter Sagan makes it known who's boss for Slovakia. Link

Sagan revealed that Slovakia will have a team of six riders for the world championships, like major nations such as Belgium and United States, thanks largely to Sagan’s haul of WorldTour points.

"It’s likely going to be me, the Velits brothers Martin and Peter, and my brother Juraj," he said, clearly in charge and team leader.

Gerrans, Porte, Rogers and Evans expected to spear-head Australia's chances. Link

With allocations for the World Championships set to be formally announced next week, Cyclingnews understands that Cycling Australia will release a long list in late August with Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge), Richie Porte (Sky), Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) along with 2009 World Champion and former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (BMC) spearheading the team.

Belgium disappointed! Link

With Belgium restricted to having just seven riders on the start line in Florence for this year’s UCI Road World Championships, federation President Tom Van Damme has voiced his disappointment, suggesting the causes are poor supervision and a lack of ambition amongst Belgian riders.

Mollema to lead the Dutch Link

Dutch national coach Johan Lammerts told NOS that Mollema's results dictate that he should be the team's protected rider.

"Bauke is the leader and we are expecting a result," he said. "He gets a protected role and should keep quiet until the final."

Pieter Weening, Wilco Kelderman, Robert Gesink and Laurens ten Dam should also feature in the Dutch team of nine riders for the men's road race.

EDIT: UCI have released the information for all nations who have qualified for all the UCI World Champ Events today. Link can be found HERE.

Big difference is that Switzerland and Poland have full teams, which means less supplementary riders for a few nations but otherwise rankings are as expected.

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