Photo courtesy Cycling Canada
Photo courtesy Cycling Canada

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has released the final nation quotas for the women’s road events at the Rio Olympic Games, and Cycling Canada has announced that Canada will receive three spots for the road race and two for the individual time trial.

“We are pleased to have our three female road quota spots confirmed for the Rio Games,” said Jacques Landry, High Performance Director at Cycling Canada. “Some of our top riders have been picking up some very important UCI points over the last two years in order to secure Canada with these three spots.”

For the road race, Canada is in the second tier of countries.  Five received the maximum four spots (Australia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and USA), with Canada in the next group of five countries that received three places.  A total of 38 countries received spots, for a total of 67 riders.

In the time trial, Canada is one of seven countries that receives the maximum two starters, joining Australia, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.  There are a total of 25 spots for the time trial.

Cycling Canada will announce the specific athlete selections on June 29th, at the Global Relay Canadian Road Championships. “Now that the quota spots have been confirmed, our job will be to work with our committees to nominate to the Canadian Olympic Committee the riders that we believe, based on evidence, can reach our performance objectives,” explained Landry.

The women’s road race will be held on August 7th in Fort Copacabana and the time trial on August 10th in Pontal-Barra.

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