Richie Porte and Amanda Spratt to lead Australian teams at World Championships
Aug 15 2018 03:02 pm CET

Richie Porte and Amanda Spratt to lead Australian teams at World Championships
Richie Porte and Amanda Spratt to lead Australian teams at World Championships
Photo by ASO/Karenn EDWARDS

Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) have been chosen to lead the Australian men's and women's selections at the upcoming World Championships. Rohan Dennis will ride also the time trial.

The 2018 squads have been formed thinking of riders that can support the leaders at the tough course of the championships. "We know the course is going to be super tough and feel confident we have the right mix of talent and purpose for this event," said Australian Technical Director Brad McGee. "We started this process thinking about how to win these races. Then we worked back from that endpoint and considered which riders had the capabilities to deliver on that strategy.

"At the Commonwealth Games, we worked in a very similar manner and produced gold medals in both road events. We’re taking the same approach to these World Championships and hope to produce a similar result."

The teams have a clear strategy for putting the leaders on the podium. "From the moment the course was released, we have been thinking about how to best perform this year," explained McGee. "The team has developed the best possible strategy and the selections were made to support the key objective of maximizing the chances of winning.

"From a selection process perspective, we have moved to an earlier selection timeframe to give all athletes time to prepare and think about their roles and where applicable do specific work."

Complete Australian men's line-up for the World Championships (23rd-30th of September):

Simon Clarke
Rohan Dennis
Jack Haig
Chris Hamilton
Damien Howson
Richie Porte
Robert Power
Rory Sutherland

Complete Australian women's line-up for the World Championships:

Grace Brown
Brodie Chapman
Tiffany Cromwell
Shara Gillow
Lucy Kennedy
Sarah Roy
Amanda Spratt

Men's time trial:

Rohan Dennis




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