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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.
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.”
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