The British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Cycling have today confirmed the five men's road cyclists who will compete for Team GB in the road race on the first day of competition at the London Olympic Games on the 28th July.
The cyclists selected for the road race are:
- Mark Cavendish (Team Sky, age 27)
- Chris Froome (Team Sky, age 27)
- David Millar (Garmin-Sharp, age 35)
- Ian Stannard (Team Sky, age 25)
- Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky, age 32)
Additionally, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins have been selected to ride the Time Trial on 1 August. The road race – which is a circuit of around 250km – will start and finish on The Mall, while the 44km time trial course starts and finishes at Hampton Court Palace.
An excellent 2011 season saw Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish win five Tour de France stages to secure the coveted Green Jersey, become World Road Race champion in Cophenhagen, and named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
London 2012 will be the fourth time that Bradley Wiggins has competed at the Olympic Games. He makes the transition to road racing after a fantastic Olympic track cycling career in which he earned a Team Pursuit bronze medal in Sydney, an Individual Pursuit goal medal, Team Pursuit silver medal and Madison bronze medal in Athens, before successfully defending his crown in Beijing and adding gold for the Team Pursuit.
David Millar had to overcome illness to be ready for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France this week, and will compete in his first Olympic Games. Millar won gold in the Time Trial at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where he represented Scotland. Also making their Olympic debuts will be Chris Froome, who last year won a stage of the Vuelta a Espana en route to a second-placed overall finish, and Ian Stannard, who won the National Road Race last month in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire.
The athletes were formally nominated to the BOA for selection to Team GB by British Cycling, the National Governing Body.
The addition of the men's road cyclists brings the total number of athletes oficially selected to compete for Team GB at London 2012 to 507 across 25 sports.
For more information visit www.britishcycling.org.uk