New Zealand will start the men’s road race with a strong line-up which is likely to include three WorldTour riders: Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp), Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) and Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol), who is expected to be fit to race after crashing out of the Tour de France.
Henderson’s time off the bike may have taken the edge off of his form, though the course could suit a puncheur in the mould of Bauer.
The 29-year-old came agonisingly close to securing a first Tour de France win on stage 15 of this year’s race, overhauled within sight of the line by a rampaging bunch, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) claiming his second stage of the 2014 edition.
Should the race come down to a bunch sprint then Henderson could feature, though Tom Scully, who rides for Madison Genesis on the UK domestic circuit, could be a dark horse. The 24-year-old has already won points race gold in Glasgow to follow up the World Championship silver medal he won in the same event in Cali back in February.