Hong Kong could send a larger than expected cycling squad to the Olympic Games next year after the release of the final continental road race circuit rankings at the weekend opened the door for two more riders to be included in the SAR team. The website of the International Cycling Union (UCI) showed the SAR standing third in the list. According to the qualifying rules, that means they will be eligible to send two riders for the Beijing Games by virtue of their ranking. Hong Kong have already two other places guaranteed: one in road racing thanks to Wong Kam-po's fifth-place finish at the world B championships in South Africa in July; and one in mountain biking where Chan Chun-hing clinched a place in the cross-country when he came second in the Asian championships in China in August. 'We should be able to send at least four riders to the Beijing Olympics if there is no change to the ranking list,' said Leung Hung-tak, road race convenor of the Hong Kong Cycling Association and a Hong Kong representative at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. 'This is very good news for the sport in Hong Kong because it will be our largest-ever cycling Olympic squad since the UCI introduced the qualification system for the 2000 Sydney Games. But we still have to wait for confirmation from the UCI as we don't know whether there will be any change of the rankings list.' The new rankings are a surprise because when the last ones appeared in September at the end of the road racing season, Hong Kong was ranked sixth. 'We held the Hong Kong championships in mid-September and perhaps the UCI has now added those results,' Leung said. 'No matter what has happened, we are absolutely delighted to see the new ranking list. 'It is too early to say who will represent Hong Kong and we still have to wait for the qualification in track events which starts soon,' added Leung.