Pur­suit of glory

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend -

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.

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