The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today named the cyclists who will compete in the cycling events at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
26 riders from the great britain cycling team, of whom 16 will make their team gb debut, have been selected to represent team gb, with british cycling setting itself the goal of becoming more competitive in all competitions. cycling disciplines at the tokyo games.
In the road events, twin brothers adam and simon yates have been selected for the men’s road race, as have geraint thomas and tao geoghegan hart, who will also compete in the men’s time trial event. In the women’s road race, London 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lizzie Deignan will join Anna Shackley, and Anna will also compete in the women’s time trial.
in the men’s mountain biking event, reigning under-23 world champion tom pidcock is making an excellent recovery from his broken collarbone, thanks to the collaborative support of the british cycling team’s medical staff and his commercial team, and is set to make her first appearance at the Olympic level, while Evie Richards will also make her Olympic debut in the women’s mountain bike race.
bmx supercross will see kye whyte and beth shriever represent team gb, both making their olympic debuts, while the bmx freestyle event will be contested for the first time in tokyo, with world bronze medalist charlotteworthington and declan brooks set to to represent the nation.
Then the competition schedule turns to the track, where Laura Kenny and Jason Kenny prepare to make history by confirming themselves as the most successful female and male track cyclists in history. Joining Laura on the women’s endurance team are Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker along with Neah Evans and Josie Knight. On the men’s sprint team, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin will join Jason Kenny.
ed clancy will attempt to win his fourth consecutive gold medal in the team pursuit, and will be joined on the men’s endurance team by ethan hayter, ethan vernon, matt wall and ollie wood. Olympic bronze medalist Katy Marchant will represent Team GB in the women’s sprint and keirin events.
speaking about the selection, british cycling performance director stephen park said: “i am incredibly excited for the team we have selected to represent team gb in tokyo, and there will be plenty for british cycling fans to cheer on during the Olympic Games”. .
“we have six olympic champions reinforcing our team, with geraint thomas, ed clancy, jason kenny, laura kenny, elinor barker and katie archibald all highly motivated to add more medals to their pedigree.
“At the other end of the spectrum, we pride ourselves on the strength of our journey, and this is evident in the team we have selected with recent academy graduates who make up our Olympic team. josie knight, ethan vernon and anna shackley have taken every opportunity this extra year has given them and it will be a testament to the work of our career program to see them on the starting line in tokyo.
“I am proud of the approach the support team has taken in trying to diversify our medals, with a real investment in the bmx and mountain bike disciplines. I am sure that this investment will pay off with great performances in Tokyo, which will be very useful for us heading into Paris 2024.
“We are renowned for our dominance in track events and while we have a realistic expectation that the rest of the world will be more competitive than ever this year, I am still very excited to see every member of the track peloton in the quest for a medal in tokyo.
“everyone at the great britain cycling team is committed to making the jersey proud, and this will be no different when we compete for team gb at the tokyo 2020 olympics.”
mark england said: “i am delighted to be able to welcome such a talented cycling team to team gb for tokyo 2020.
“team gb have a proud track record at the olympics and it is exciting to see the bmx and mountain bike disciplines alongside some very experienced road cyclists selected for the team today.
“The Olympic experience on this team is hugely impressive and I have no doubt that it will be a valuable asset to those who make their Olympic debut in Tokyo. I have every confidence that the athletes selected today will put on some fantastic performances this summer.”
gb cycling team:
road of men:
tao geoghegan hartgeraint thomasadam yachtssimon yachts
t for man:
tao geoghegan hartgeraint thomas
lizzie deignananna shackley
t for woman:
bmx male sx:
kye whyteross cullen (traveling reserve)
bmx female sx:
men’s freestyle bmx park:
declan brooksjames jones (travelling reserve)
female freestyle bmx park:
ed clancyethan hayterethan vernonmatt wallsollie woodcharlie tanfield (travelling reserve)
katie archibaldelinor barkerneah evanslaura kennyjosie knight
jack carlinjason kennyryan owensphil hindes (travelling reserve)
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