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  • Simon Jones: 'There's definitely lessons to be learned' from selection controversy

    On the eve of the women's road race in Bergen the Australian team were keen to put up a united front but Australian high-performance director Simon Jones admitted that he might ‘possibly' carry out his selection process differently if given another opportunity. He also added that there were lessons to be learned after what has been a distraction for him during the build up to the World Championships.

    Jones initially selected just five athletes for the women's Worlds team, deciding not to fill the quota of seven that Australia were entitled to. The decision was met with protests from several quarters and Rachel Neylan and Chloe Hosking – who were left out of the team – successfully appealed the decision.

    Neither Hosking or Neylan were in attendance when the Australian team organised a press conference on Friday evening but Jones pressed home that there was harmony within the squad.


    "They're going to add to the team. They're going to do team roles and they're going to hopefully help the girls contribute to the performance," he said.

    In terms of selection Jones laid out the process and was admitted that there were lessons to be gained from his first outing as performance director at the World Championships.

    "It's a pretty tricky business. Selections are difficult but we try and be as objective as possible and evidence based. It a bit of a different experience for me coming into the Australian system. There's definitely lessons to be learned but I'm here to learn. I want to say I'm tremendously proud to be part of this team and it's history and we'll go forward and we're focussed on the performance."

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