Fewer opportunities for Olympic qualification points
The UCI’s women’s calendar has lost the Tour Languedoc Roussillon, a French 2.2 stage race which was to be one of the final events in which riders could accumulate points toward the nations rankings used to allocate places for the women’s road race in the 2012 Olympic Games.
The race, scheduled for May 18-23, was the final European stage race before the UCI’s May 31 deadline for the qualification of London Olympic Game places. The top five nations in the rankings receive four places in the women’s road race, while the next five get three. Currently, Great Britain, the USA and Sweden are in a tight race for the fourth and fifth places behind The Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
Sweden’s Emma Johansson and her Hitec Products-Mistral Home team will now take part in the Tour de Free State in South Africa on May 23-27, she confirmed to Cyclingnews.
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