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U.S. earns nine starters for elite world road race

The United States will have the maximum of nine starters for the elite men's road race on September 25 in Copenhagen.

The United States will have the maximum of nine starters for the elite men’s road race on September 25 in Copenhagen.

That’s according to the UCI, which on Wednesday released the team allotments for the 2011 road world championships set for September 19-25 in Denmark.

Top-ranked Spain will be able to bring 14 riders with the maximum of nine starters in the elite men’s road race, with Italy, Australia, Belgium, Germany, USA, Holland and France all receiving maximum allotment for the world title race.

While team size is always a factor in the road worlds, it could be especially decisive on this year’s course that’s tipped in favor of a sprint finish. Having one or two key teammates there at the end of the race to provide a lead-out in the bunch sprint could prove critical in crowning the 2011 world champion.

Team sizes are based on national rankings with the UCI’s WorldTour and other tour standings.

Mark Cavendish’s Great Britain team will start with eight while Luxembourg will have only six.

Host nation Denmark will have six starters while defending world champion Thor Hushovd will have just three teammates as Norway was only awarded four spots.

Nations qualified by UCI World Tour

  • 1. Spain, 14 enrolled/9 starters
  • 2. Italy, 14 enrolled/9 starters
  • 3. Australia, 14 enrolled/9 starters
  • 4. Belgium, 14 enrolled/9 starters
  • 5. Germany, 14 enrolled/9 starters
  • 6. Great Britain, 12 enrolled/8 starters
  • 7. Luxembourg, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 8. United States of America, 14 enrolled/9 starters
  • 9. Netherlands, 14 enrolled/9 starters
  • 10. France, 14 enrolled/9 starters

Nations qualified by UCI Africa Tour

  • 1. Morocco, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 2. Eritrea, 5 enrolled/3 starters

Nations qualified by UCI America Tour

  • 1. Colombia, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 2. Venezuela, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 3. Brazil, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 4. Argentina, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 5. Chile, 5 enrolled/3 starters

Nations qualified by UCI Asia Tour

  • 1. Islamic Republic of Iran, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 2. Japan, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 3. Kazakhstan, 6 enrolled/4 starters

Nations qualified by Europe Tour

  • 1. Slovenia, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 2. Russia, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 3. Portugal, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 4. Poland, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 5. Ukraine, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 6. Croatia, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 7. Turkey, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 8. Lithuania, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 9. Denmark, 9 enrolled/6 starters
  • 10. Austria, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 11. Czech Republic, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 12. Estonia, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 13. Belarus, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 14. Bulgaria, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 15. Sweden, 5 enrolled/3 starters
  • 16. Norway, 6 enrolled/4 starters

Nations qualified by UCI Oceana Tour

  • 1. New-Zealand, 5 enrolled/3 starters