Davis picked in Aus cycling team

AUSTRALIAN cycling selector Shayne Bannan has strongly defended Bundaberg star Allan Davis's selection in the world road championships, saying the host nation is a definite medal chance.

Australia has finalised its nine-rider team for the highest-profile event at the worlds, the men's elite road race, where Cadel Evans will start as defending champion.

Lead-out specialist Mark Renshaw joined sprinting legend Robbie McEwen as the most notable omissions from the men's team.

Bannan said the selectors felt Davis and Matt Goss were better options than McEwen if the race came down to a sprint.

“I'd say across the board it's a stronger team this year and it's a stronger team based on the course (suiting) this group more this year than last year,” Bannan said this week.

“I believe we've selected a really well-balanced team and I believe we've got a number of options in there I believe we're a definite medal chance.”

Melbourne will host the worlds from September 29 to October 3, with the road race on the final day.

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