Australia in frame to claim elite road world title

“I think it’s one of the best teams we’ve put together in a few years because of availabilities and also people hitting form at the right time." - Cycling Australia national performance director Kevin Tabotta

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It’s somewhat foolish to describe any team as a shoo-in at a one-day race but Australia certainly has its bases covered ahead of the elite men’s UCI Road World Championship in Spain tomorrow.

Cadel Evans, who announced his pending retirement this week, became the first Australian to win an elite men's road cycling world title five years ago in Mendrisio, Switzerland and his experience may contribute to seeing a compatriot welcomed to the club on Sunday.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.