Lucas selected for New Zealand Worlds team after appeal
05 September 2018 10:26
After an appeal heard by Cycling New Zealand, Oceania road race champion Sharlotte Lucas (Specialized Women's Racing) has been given a place in the national team for the road race at the upcoming world championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Before Lucas' appeal, performance director Martin Barras had told New Zealand website stuff.co.nz that her non-selection was as a result of her not being suited to what is a hilly road course at the Worlds in Austria. "She's not the type of rider that we deem is going to perform particularly well on a course that hilly, so if you talk about Sharlotte specifically, that is the basis on why she wasn't selected," said Barras.ADVERTISEMENT "It's not that we don't think very highly of her as a bike rider, it's just a little bit like selecting a sprinter for a really, really hilly course. It doesn't suit the purpose." Lucas also successfully appealed her non-inclusion in New Zealand's Commonwealth Games road race selection for the event on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April this year, where she went on to finish fourth. "Sharlotte was selected for the Commonwealth Games and she actually accomplished very, very well at the Commonwealth Games, and we acknowledge that," said Barras.
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