Pursuit of glory
The off-track dramas hopefully behind them, Cycling New Zealand bosses will be looking for a return to the glory days when the elite men and women take to the boards at Cambridge's Avantidrome from Friday for the three-day UCI World Cup. The fifth of six World Cups on the
2018-19 schedule, local interest centres on the
18-strong Kiwi contingent headed by the longestablished team sprint trio of Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster alongside top women's sprinters and national recordholders Emma Cumming and Natasha Hansen. The men's endurance squad is headed by Regan Gough and features the return to the track for Aaron Gate after two years as a professional on the road. The women's endurance squad is headed by
Rushlee Buchanan and Raquel Sheath. More than 250 riders from 20+ countries are expected in the Waikato with the New Zealand elite riders backed by 17 from the development squad. From Tuesday many of the world's top pro road riders will be in Australia for the annual Tour Down Under as the new World Tour season starts. George Bennett leads the Kiwi charge as leader of the Dutch JumboVisma (formerly LottoNLJumbo) team. Patrick Bevin lines-up in the Polish CCC team.
● Tour Down Under, from Tuesday 3pm then daily. UCI World Cup, Friday 6pm.