Chris Froome Aiming High To Tour-Olympic Double Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Rio de Janeiro, Aug 5, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome will lead the Great Britain team as he bids to emulate the feat of decorated compatriot Bradley Wiggins when the Olympic cycling road race takes place on Saturday. Four years ago, Wiggins followed up becoming the first ever Briton to win the Tour de France by adding Olympic gold in London and later went on to be … [Read more...]

Injured Alberto Contador Likely To Miss The Rio Olympics

Madrid, July 12, 2016 (AFP) - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador said Tuesday that he is almost certain to miss the Rio Olympics next month after the injuries that ruined his shot at a third Tour de France victory. The 33-year-old, a two-time Tour de France champion, quit cycling's most famous race on Sunday's ninth stage after crashing on both of the opening two stages, suffering injuries … [Read more...]

USA Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Eyes Her Third Olympic Gold

Los Angeles, June 24, 2016 (AFP) - Kristin Armstrong will have a chance at a third straight Olympic cycling time-trial gold in Rio, the US cycling federation announced on Thursday. Armstrong, 42, will be competing in a fourth Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August when she will line up in the road race and the individual time trial. Armstrong retired after the 2012 London Olympics, but … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Chooses Cross Country Over Road At Rio Olympics

Bratislava, June 7, 2016 (AFP) - Reigning world road cycling champion Peter Sagan will shun the road race at Rio Olympics and take part in the cross-country mountain bike race instead, the Slovak Cycling Federation said Tuesday. The 26-year-old Slovak Tinkoff rider started his career off the road, winning the cross-country gold at the junior world championships in 2008, a year in which he … [Read more...]

Elder Statesman Wiggins Feels Heat As Rio Olympics Looms

By Ian WHITTELL Manchester, United Kingdom, March 1, 2016 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins admits that he is feeling the effects of time as he aims to end his glittering career with a World Championship and Olympic gold medal double. The former Tour de France champion returns to London this week, scene of his Olympic time-trial triumph in 2012, as part of the British men's team pursuit squad … [Read more...]

Tokyo 2020 Cycling Venues Approved By IOC

Tokyo, Dec 9, 2015 (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the venues for the cycling events at the 2020 Olympics, Japanese organizers said on Wednesday. All sporting venues for the Tokyo Games have now been allocated, officials added, with the exception of football, the venues for which are expected to be announced following next year's Rio Olympics. A planned … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara To Retire In 2016, No Olympics

Paris, Nov 11, 2015 - Former world and Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara has indicated that he will retire from cycling in 2016 and said he will not compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "Cycling is not my life, but only a part of my life," the 34-year-old Swiss said at a cycling awards ceremony in Zurich. "The Rio Games are not on my programme," added Cancellara, … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Very Likely To Miss The Rio Olympics

London, Jan 8, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish revealed on Thursday that he is unlikely to race at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Cavendish, who has amassed 25 Tour de France stage wins in his career, believes his obligations with the Etixx-Quick-Step road racing team will prevent him from being in the shape required to qualify for Britain's team. "It's not 100 percent … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Given Chance To Show Rio Worth

LONDON, Oct 29, 2013 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish has been invited to train with the Great Britain track team before the end of this year as officials assess whether he's a genuine contender for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 28-year-old Isle of Man rider has experienced plenty of cycling success outside the velodrome, having been crowned 2011 world road race champion and also … [Read more...]

Olympic Track Cycling Program

LONDON, Aug 1, 2012 - The Olympic track cycling programme from Aug 2-7: August 2 Men: Team pursuit qualifying; Team sprint qualifying, semi-finals and finals Women: Team sprint qualifying, semi-finals and finals August 3 Men: Team pursuit first round and finals Women: Keirin first and second rounds and final; Team pursuit qualifying August 4 Men: Omnium … [Read more...]