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Plenty of powerful national teams have come up short at world road cycling championships, Olympics or Commonwealth Games.
Gelling riders who normally race against each other in trade teams can be a fraught business.
But teamwork and trust loom as great strengths of the Australian women going into their Games road race on Sunday at Warwick, south of Birmingham.
Australia swept the four road events on the Gold Coast and they are halfway to repeating the feat, after Rohan Dennis and Grace Brown won Thursday's time trials.
The men's road race team was dealt a major blow when sprint ace Caleb Ewan was ruled out because of shoulder surgery.
Not only did they lost their main weapon, but they will start a man down.
By contrast, the women are at full strength and full of spirit.
"We have a really good group. Not only are we strong individually, but our potential to work as a team and trust each other - communicate really well - is going to be one of our strengths," said Sarah Roy, who finished ninth in the time trial after also racing on the track..
"Whatever our plan is, if we need to change something, I know we can trust each other and back each other.
"We want someone - anyone - to stand on the top step and we'll all be happy whoever that is."
The road race course is not hard, meaning it will be a sprint finish unless a well-timed attack can stay clear of the peloton.
Australia have the riders to cover all bases.
Roy and Brodie Chapman are powerhouse riders who can work as domestiques or take an opportunity in a small group, while Brown will also be one to watch because of her strength.
Georgia Baker, Alex Manly and Ruby Roseman-Gannon all have the speed for a bunch sprint.
'It will come down to how it's raced, but we can be quite confident we have the strongest team," Roy said.
Luke Durbridge, Miles Scotson, Luke Plapp, Dennis and Sam Fox will contest the men's road race, where Isle Of Man sprinter Mark Cavendish is the man to beat if it comes down to a bunch kick.