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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 25, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Controversy in US Olympic selection as Armstrong makes women’s team while national champion is left off; Phinney, Guarnier headline 2016 US Olympic team; British Cycling announces Olympic team; How a “crushed” Howes missed the U.S. Olympic team; Books, training and quiet in the middle of nowhere: How Marianne Vos prepares for Rio; Jones abruptly leaves Giant-Alpecin, ready for “next step” in life; Contador out of Spanish national championships; Boonen unlikely for Belgian road race championship; Tony Martin adds another TT national title; Floyd Landis to enter cannabis business; Alleged drunk driver hits cyclist from behind; Cyclists protest Brexit leave campaigner Boris Johnson.

Controversy in US Olympic selection as Armstrong makes women’s team while national champion is left off

by Anne-Marije Rook

It was a date the American Olympic hopefuls eagerly awaited…or dreaded. The day USA Cycling would announce its full team selection for the Rio Olympics.

The announcement, however, came a day early. Today, USA Cycling announced its 21-member Olympic roster with two-time Olympic time trial gold medalist, Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-RideBiker), and Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans), bronze medalist at the 2015 UCI World Championship road race,  headlining the women’s road team. Joining them on the road team are discretionary selections Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) and Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans).

Guarnier had already punched her ticket to Rio last fall when she earned bronze at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond. Guarnier is currently second in the World UCI rankings and continues to prove that she may very well be America’s best chance to win a medal in the Olympic road race as she leads the UCI Women’s WorldTour and defended her stars-and-stripes jersey last month.

The selection for the three remaining spots was hotly discussed, Jim Miller, vice president of athletics at USA Cycling, told CyclingTips.

“There were a lot of tough selections and the women obviously were a tough selection…Everybody wants to go to the Olympics and because of the prestigious nature of it we have an obligation to fully vet all our criteria and all our nominees and potential nominees. They work hard to get to this point and we have an obligation to make sure we are nominating the best team we can,” said Miller. “We have a selection criteria for an athlete to make an automatic selection and we have a discretionary selection criteria for how the selection committee has to objectively make subjective decisions. For every athlete we go through bullet point by bullet point.”

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image comes from 69th Halle-Ingooigem in Belgium.

  • winkybiker

    “Increased calls for better cycling infrastructure”? What about starting with increased demands to that motorists stop running into us?

  • Legstrong

    That drunk driving video… Yes he was most likely drunk and hit the cyclist, that’s a given. Not gonna argue that. That cyclist didn’t do himself a favor. Basically, he did a douchy move by cutting off the car’s lane suddenly with minimum buffer space between him and the car. Even with a sober driver behind that car’s wheel, he/she would have need to brake abruptly. Whether or not he had given a hand signal beforehand that would be another issue.

    • velocite

      It’s the occasional parked car problem. On a stretch with no cars you ride near the kerb to allow cars to pass with plenty of room, but you have to swing out as you approach a parked vehicle. A properly alert driver will see the cyclist’s situation and allow for it. But you can’t depend on that, you do need to check. But perhaps this rider did, and expected the car to slow – it clearly wasn’t travelling that quickly. I definitely would not blame the victim in this case.

    • winkybiker

      Not the way I saw it at all. The impatient motorist decided to overtake and misjudged the approaching pinch point where the cyclist, the parked car and oncoming car (red minivan you see just after the crash) all arrived together. Still accelerating to avoid the oncoming car, they took the path of least resistance which was the cyclist.

      Motorists have a serious obligation to not run us down. It doesn’t work the other way. Stop blaming the victim.

    • Dave

      I agree that the driver’s drunkenness impaired their ability to react and prevent the collision when the cyclist swung out into their path. It is everyone’s duty to be aware of their surroundings and prevent a collision, even when the other party is in the wrong, and the driver failed to execute that duty.

      I also agree that (under Australian law, at least – I’m not Canadian) the fault would be shared in this case, as the cyclist did not give way when changing into a different line of traffic. Under the Australian Road Rules, changing into a different line of traffic is treated exactly the same as changing into a different marked lane.

      Unless there is a local law assigning full blame to a drunk driver, I would expect the two parties’ insurers to agree that fault is shared and for each side to take care of their own damages.

  • Hamish Moffatt

    I can’t understand the fuss about the Olympics. Actually I can’t see why there’s a road race in the games at all, it seems quite out of place compared to the other sports.

    • Dave

      It’s a highly prized win, and has been included in the Olympics for almost 90 years.

      In many countries, it is also a quite rare chance for any form of cycling to be seen on TV as anything other than filler material on a public broadcaster.

  • phill

    Lol they were my exact words when a car drove into the back of me last year

    • Andy B

      I almost got ran over by an 80 year old lady this week (missed by about 5cm) , first time I’ve sworn at an old lady

      Same exact words too

    • Laurens

      Am I the only one intrigued by ‘his then-girlfriend’? Doesn’t she want to be with men who get hit by cars?

      • ZigaK

        It’s complicated.


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