Dean back in NZ road race team
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:54a.m.
Cyclist Julian Dean, who missed selection for the London Olympics after he broke a leg, has been picked to ride in the road world championships in the Netherlands.
Dean will join Hayden Roulston and Jack Bauer as New Zealand's representatives in the road race.
The announcement comes at the conclusion of the three-week Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain).
Fellow professionals Jesse Sergent and Sam Bewley will compete in the individual time trial at the championships at Limburg next week.
BikeNZ road manager Andy Reid says the number of top riders available for selection is unprecedented for New Zealand.
He says Dean, who broke a leg during the Tour of Catalunya in March, is back to some of his best form.
Roulston was also looking good in the Vuelta until he crashed, while Bauer has been preparing specifically for the upcoming race.
Reid says the selectors wanted to choose on form, but also cover different scenarios.
"We have Julian, should it be decided in a sprint, and Hayden with his speed and ability to get over the lumps, while Jack can cover the break and has the strength to be there at the end," he said.
Sergent is first backup for the road race and George Bennett is second reserve.
The women's team is headed by Linda Villumsen, who was fourth in the London Olympic time trial and will be chasing her fourth straight medal in the discipline at the world championships.
Both Villumsen (Orica-AIS) and Bewley (Orica-GreenEdge) have also been named in their professional teams for the team time trial.
New Zealand teams for the road cycling world championships:-
Elite men: Road race - Jack Bauer (Garmin Barracuda, Takaka), Julian Dean (Orica GreenEdge, Rotorua), Hayden Roulston (Radioshack Nissan Trek, Christchurch); time trial - Jesse Sergent (Radioshack Nissan Trek, Feilding), Sam Bewley (Orica GreenEdge, Rotorua).
Elite women: Road race - Linda Villumsen (GreenEdge, Auckland), Emily Collins (Vanderkitten-Focus, Auckland), Emma Crum (ASPTT Dijon-BCF, Auckland), Kate Chilcott (Vanderkitten-Focus, Auckland); time trial - Villumsen.
Under-23 men: Road race - Tom David (Auckland), Josh Atkins (Bontrager Livestrong, Christchurch), Tom Scully (Garmin Barracuda, Invercargill); time trial - Jason Christie (Team Differdange, Ashburton), James Oram (Bontrager Livestrong, Auckland).
Under-19 men: Road race - Sean Hambrook (Tasman), Hayden McCormick (Te Awamutu), Tom Vessey (Alexandra); time trial - Nick Bain (Auckland), McCormick.
Under-19 women: Road race - Sophie Williamson (Alexandra).
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