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.

How a “crushed” Howes missed the U.S. Olympic team

by Michael Better

Bam! In the blink of an eye Alex Howes’ (Cannondale) dream of representing the United States at 2012 London Olympics were shattered along with his collarbone. Four years on, Howes’ Olympic dream was shattered again on Thursday.

“Dedicate your life to making the Olympics dream a reality,” Howes told CyclingTips in an email. “Believe, dream, train. Believe, dream, train. Come so close, break your collarbone. Redouble your efforts, improve, train for four more years, come so close…I’m absolutely crushed. What more is there to say?”

Howes stormed onto the European circuit as a neo-pro in 2012 with a stellar Spring Classics campaign, which included over a 200km ride in the breakaway at the Amstel Gold Race. His eye-opening performance got the notice of USA Cycling and allowed his Olympic dream to creep toward reality. A broken collarbone suffered in a training crash in July of that year put dashed any hopes he had.

The Boulder, Colorado native didn’t lie down in defeat, but put his head down and poured his heart and soul into another four years of hard racing, culminating in an impressive 12th place finish at the road world championships in Richmond last year.

Again his Olympic dreams were dashed, but not because of his own undoing.

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