By Agence France Press
Five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong heads the list of cyclists named to the U.S. Olympic team for the Athens Summer Games August 13-29, a spokesman for USA Cycling said on Monday.
Armstrong, who will be competing in his fourth Olympics, has a bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games. He will be accompanied in Athens by Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Bobby Julich and Jason McCartney.
Armstrong and Hamilton were selected on the basis of their first- and fourth-place finishes in last year’s Tour de France, while Julich and Hincapie qualified based on top-five finishes at Paris-Nice in March. McCartney claimed the last spot by winning the Olympic-selection road race on Saturday in Redlands, California.
There is an Armstrong in the women’s Olympic ranks, too. Kristin Armstrong, who won the women’s selection race in Redlands, joins Christine Thorburn and Dede Barry on the U.S. team. The selections are not official until they are formally approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee.