Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 29, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team; Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?; Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory; Rio velodrome opens for business; Cofidis backs Bouhanni for Le Tour; Astana brings Aru and Nibali to Tour; Quintana leads Movistar line-up for Tour de France; Pantani murder case closed; Cyclist killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run; Olds, Bertine recovering from head injuries; New Orica-GreenEdge sponsor announcement expected soon; Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists; Cyclocosm’s 2016 Tour de France Preview; Behind the scenes with Bob Jungels

Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team

by Michael Better

Olympic rookie Brent Bookwalter and two-time Olympian Taylor Phinney form the U.S. men’s road contingent, tasked with making America’s mark on the Olympic Games in August. The BMC Racing teammates, aged 32 and 27 respectively, head to Rio de Janeiro to contend in both the time trial and road race, outnumbered by nations such as Spain, Italy, Colombia, and Belgium, which all have five starters in the road race. Based on nation ranking determined by results earned in 2015, the U.S. earned just two spots in Rio.

Bookwalter is a WorldTour veteran who will start his eighth grand tour on July 2 and brings an all-arounder’s ability to Rio. Phinney is an Olympic veteran and time-trial specialist, familiar with the surroundings of Olympic hoopla and the stresses of the world’s greatest sporting event.

“I’m so excited, just the energy around the Olympics and the Olympic Village is the coolest,” Phinney told CyclingTips. “It’s the biggest stage that we get to step on as athletes, and that’s really what I look forward to about it.”

Bookwalter said he experienced a range of emotions when he found out he would become an Olympian. “It was happiness, relief, excitement, it’s hard to put into words really,” he said. “Going to the Olympics is something I have been thinking about and dreaming about for a long, long time.”

Phinney has “always loved the Olympics” — which comes as little surprise as his parents, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter, were both Olympic medalists. His road to Rio, however, was never assured. A devastating crash at the 2014 U.S. national road race championship nearly ended his career, but a return to the Olympics was on his mind throughout his rehabilitation, and helped with his motivation.

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image comes from the women’s Dutch national road championships.