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PRESS RELEASE – USA Cycling names ‘strongest-ever’ Olympic road team

USA Cycling announced today the team that will represent the United Statesin the discipline of road cycling at this summer’s Olympic Games in Athens.After securing the maximum start positions in both men’s and women’s roadcycling, USA Cycling will be sending a mix of accomplished veterans andtalented newcomers to Athens. Five men and three women will contest theroad race, while two men and two women will also compete in the time trial.Leading the men’s roster is five-time Tour de France winner and 2000Olympic Bronze Medalist, Lance Armstrong (Austin, Texas). Armstrong’swell-documented career

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By USA Cycling press release

USA Cycling announced today the team that will represent the United Statesin the discipline of road cycling at this summer’s Olympic Games in Athens.After securing the maximum start positions in both men’s and women’s roadcycling, USA Cycling will be sending a mix of accomplished veterans andtalented newcomers to Athens. Five men and three women will contest theroad race, while two men and two women will also compete in the time trial.Leading the men’s roster is five-time Tour de France winner and 2000Olympic Bronze Medalist, Lance Armstrong (Austin, Texas). Armstrong’swell-documented career as a cancer survivor and cycling champion includescountless accomplishments and accolades but doesn’t include Olympic Gold,a feat he’ll try to achieve in his fourth Olympic Games. Currently, Armstrongis engaged in a quest to become the first-ever six-time winner of the Tourde France, but will soon turn his focus towards Athens.Joining Armstrong is 2000 Olympian and top European-based pro, TylerHamilton (Marblehead, Mass.). A steadily improving rider, Hamiltonbecame a household name after finishing fourth overall in the Tour de Francelast year despite suffering a broken collarbone in the first stage. A stagewin in the 2003 Tour, along with convincing wins in the 2003 Liège-Bastogne-LiègeWorld Cup and back-to-back wins in the Tour de Romandie in 2003 and 2004signify Hamilton’s arrival as an Olympic medal contender. Currently, Hamiltonis considered one of Armstrong’s biggest threats to unseat him of his Tourde France glory, but come August the two will form a strong one-two punchas teammates on the U.S. Team.George Hincapie (Greenville, S.C.), often regarded as the faithfullieutenant of Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Team, returns to represent theU.S. in his fourth Olympic Games. Hincapie’s addition to the squad cameas a result of a fifth place overall finish at the Paris-Nice stage raceearlier this year, a tough multi-day event in France. Hincapie’s presenceand talents as a one-day specialist and dependable support rider alongwith his prowess as a formidable sprinter gives the U.S. team another cardto play in a traditionally unpredictable race.Joining the three Olympic veterans is first-time Olympian, BobbyJulich (Corpus Christi, Texas). Julich rose to stardom in 1998 whenhe finished third overall in the Tour de France, one year before the riseof Armstrong. After modest results over the next few years, Julich returnedto the spotlight in 2004 after making a move to the Danish-based CSC ProCycling Team. The move proved ideal for Julich after placing third overallat Paris-Nice securing him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, and winninga stage at the Vuelta a Pais Basco, a major international stage race inSpain. Julich’s presence on the Olympic team completes a solid roster ofproven pros with serious medal potential in Athens.Rounding out the men’s roster is Jason McCartney (Coralville,Iowa). McCartney burst onto the global scene earlier this season afterwinning a stage in the Tour de Georgia, an impressive result that cameagainst a strong field of top international competitors. McCartney’s spoton the team came as a result of a win at the pressure-filled Team USA SelectionRace last month. A solo breakaway in the race’s final 20km sealed the dealfor McCartney against a stacked field of the most talented domestic-basedprofessional riders.The three-woman team that will compete in Athens features all first-timeOlympians. Despite her long career as one of the most successful ridersin the peloton, Dede Barry (Boulder, Colo.) makes her first OlympicTeam as the top-ranked American rider in the international rankings, ranked15th in the world. After missing out on the 2000 Olympic Team, Barry retiredfrom professional cycling but later returned to competition with renewedfocus towards 2004. Barry’s aggressive style and strength as a tenaciousall-around rider complements her presence as a tactically savvy and experiencedveteran.Joining Barry is her teammate on the T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team,Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho). Armstrong earned a spot on theteam after riding to a win in the USCF Elite National Championships lastmonth. The first-time National Champion has steadily progressed throughthe ranks of professional cycling by achieving consistent results in someof the world’s most prestigious events.Completing the women’s team is USCF Elite National Time Trial Champion,Christine Thorburn (Davenport, Iowa). Thorburn was a surprise victorat last month’s nationals to upset a strong field and earn a spot on theOlympic Team. Like Armstrong, Thorburn has experienced steady progressionthroughout the last year that began with a spot on the U.S. National Teamat the 2003 world championships. Since then, she has become a marked riderin the U.S. peloton. Together, the three riders will combine to form anexperienced and eager squad with medal potential.“This is definitely one of the strongest, if not the strongest, Olympicroad teams ever assembled by the U.S.,” commented USA Cycling CEO GerardBisceglia. “Guys like Lance, Tyler, George and Bobby are at the heightof their careers and could very well be competing in their last Olympics.Their experience and talent, along with their hunger for Olympic successwill hopefully translate into medals. The women’s squad is also on parwith the rest of the world in terms of talent and experience. On paperit looks as though we can have a successful Olympics across the board whenit comes to the road race and time trials.”From these nominations, two men and two women will also contest thetime trial in Athens. The announcement as to which of these riders willcompete in the time trial will be made at a later date.With the earlier announcement of the athletes that will represent theUnited States in Athens on the velodrome in the discipline of track cycling,Tuesday’s naming of the road squad means that only the three nominationsfor the mountain bike team remain. The U.S. will name the three mountainbike athletes (one woman and two men), on July 13 following the UCI MountainBike Marathon World Championships this weekend in Bad Goisern, Austria.2004 U.S. Olympic Team Road Cycling Roster
Men
Lance Armstrong (Austin, Texas)
Tyler Hamilton (Marblehead, Mass.)
George Hincapie (Greenville, S.C.)
Bobby Julich (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Jason McCartney (Coralville, Iowa)Women
Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho)
Dede Barry (Boulder, Colo.)
Christine Thorburn (Davenport, Iowa)