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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.
USA Cycling announced Thursday the full squad of athletes competing in the cycling events at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro this August. Three-time Olympian Taylor Phinney, two-time Olympic gold medalist in the individual time trial, Kristin Armstrong, and bronze medalist at the 2015 road world championships in Richmond, Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) headline a team that includes 10 Olympic veterans.
“This has been something we have been working towards for the last two quads to be honest,” Jim Miller, vice president of athletics at USA Cycling, told CyclingTips. “We think we are at a point where we have a lot of athletes who are maturing or who are at that age where they can produce these kinds of results.
“At the same time we have a coaching staff that has been together for six to eight years, sometimes longer, and all have Olympic games experience and all have been to that venue so they know what to expect. We think we have a coaching staff that can lead, but also put us into position maybe do something unprecedented.”
The women’s road team always seems to deliver at the Olympics however, and the 2016 games should be no different. The selection for the team was a hotly discussed topic heading into the season with a multitude of riders vying for one of three available spots. Guarnier had already secured her ticket to Rio by automatic selection, courtesy of her result at the world championships.
Mara Abbott, Evelyn Stevens, and Kristen Armstrong will accompany Guarnier, the current Women’s WorldTour leader, on the hilly road-race course in Rio. Stevens and Armstrong will also ride the individual time trial.
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