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Team Columbia sends 18 cyclists to Beijing

Team Columbia is sending 18 riders from twelve different nations to the Olympic games. While the riders will wear uniforms representing their home nation, it's still a remarkable turnout for the U.S.-based team. “To have so many riders representing their countries at the Olympics, a showcase event, is truly exceptional for Team Columbia. It’s actually made it a little tricky finding riders for all the usual competitions,” team owner Bob Stapleton said. The teams riders will race in the mens and womens road races and on the track.

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Columbia's George Hincapie and Michael Barry training in Beijing.

Columbia’s George Hincapie and Michael Barry training in Beijing.

Photo: Graham Watson

Team Columbia is sending 18 riders from twelve different nations to the Olympic games.

While the riders will wear uniforms representing their home nation, it’s still a remarkable turnout for the U.S.-based team.

“To have so many riders representing their countries at the Olympics, a showcase event, is truly exceptional for Team Columbia. It’s actually made it a little tricky finding riders for all the usual competitions,” team owner Bob Stapleton said.

The teams riders will race in the mens and womens road races and on the track.

Of the eighteen Columbia riders, there will be three each racing for Australia, Great Britain and Germany, with the other nine representing Belarus, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the USA.

Olympic Games 2008: Columbia riders

Australia: Michael Rogers (Road), Kate Bates (Road), Oenone Wood (Road)
Belarus: Konstantin Sivtsov (Road)
Canada: Michael Barry (Road)
Denmark: Linda Villumsen (Road)
Germany: Gerald Ciolek (Road), Bert Grabsch (Road), Judith Arndt (Road)
Great Britain: Mark Cavendish (Track), Roger Hammond (Road), Bradley Wiggins (Track)
Luxembourg: Kim Kirchen (Road)
Netherlands: Chantal Beltman (Road)
New Zealand: Greg Henderson (Track)
Norway: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Road)
Sweden: Thomas Lovkvist (Road)
USA: George Hincapie (Road)