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by Mark Zalewski
July 15, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre; Bonifazio wins third field sprint in as many stages in Poland; Chaos at Tour de France sees yellow jersey running up the road on summit finish; Mavic neutral service mechanic recounts Froome crash; Sagan and Froome’s extraordinary Tour breakaway: ‘This is bike racing at its best’; Adam Yates: In my opinion Froome is going to win the Tour; Small’s appeal denied, US squad unchanged for Rio; Is Oleg Tinkov really quitting pro cycling?; Why won’t TV show more women’s cycling?; British cycling unsure whether new track bike will be ready for Olympics; Megan Guarnier talks about winning the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 11 on-board highlights; Who’s the most stylish rider?; Cyclist attempts to set-off speed camera
USA Cycling today announced that its selections for the women’s individual time trial at the 2016 Olympic Games were upheld by an independent arbitrator, after an appeal by national time trial champion Carmen Small. The arbitrator concluded that USA Cycling’s Selection Committee followed the selection procedures, fairly applied the criteria and exercised its discretionary expertise appropriately without bias or bad faith, stating:
“Respondent did follow its Selection Procedures and fairly applied the criteria as written to each of the Claimant and Affected Parties, both in determining the four athletes, Kristin Armstrong, Amber Neben, Carmen Small and Evelyn Stevens, were each ‘Medal Capable’ and in ranking them to select the two members of the 2016 Women’s Individual Time Trial Event Olympic team.”
When Small was left off the four-rider roster last month, she was quick to file an appeal. She had just won her second national time trial championship with a gap of more than a minute over the selected Kristin Armstrong, a two-time defending Olympic gold medalist, and nearly two minutes over Evelyn Stevens, the other rider selected for the individual time trial in Rio.
“This showing of my ability in my mind was not just worthy of my Olympic selection, but also the potential to be a gold medal favorite,” Small told ESPN at the time. “This time around, I feel that I am the best athlete for the selection.”
With the depth of talent among American riders, however, her recent achievements were not enough to earn her a spot for Rio.
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