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Only one road spot for NZ women at Rio

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/06/2016
Linda Villumsen © AP Linda Villumsen

New Zealand will once again field only one cyclist in the Olympic women's road race.

The governing body UCI announced its quota for the 141km at Fort Copacabana in Rio de Janiero on August 7, with 38 national teams represented in a 67-strong field.

The quota, based mostly on world rankings, caters for just one Kiwi in both the road race and time trial.

Current world champion time trialist Linda Villumsen has the inside running to be New Zealand's representative in both races, as she was at the London Games in 2012.

The US-based professional placed 18th in the London road race and fourth in the time trial and is rated considerably higher than any other Kiwi in the UCI rankings.

Five countries have been given the maximum of four spots in the road race - Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States.

Seven countries will field the maximum two riders in the time trial.

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