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Road racers growing away the summer on the Rio boards
Crap. "Growing away" was supposed to be "throwing away".
Every four years, some of the peloton's fastest cyclists are distracted from the noble business of winning road races but the tawdry pursuit of Olympic gold. They skimp on proper road miles, skip important races, spend the spring in half-form, all in hopes of speeding around in wooden circles come August. Fortunately this blight only comes every four years, but this is one of those years.
The highest profile road racer shirking his road duties is Mark Cavendish, who spent the winter living in Manchester, training on the track, is missing the early spring races to ride the London Worlds, and by the sounds of things is going to be forced by British Cycling to choose between the Tour and the Olympics. If he even makes the GB team, which isn't sounding so likely. Cycling Weekly: Cycling News, Bike Reviews, Sportives & Forums
Fernando Gaviria may take a month off the road and race for Colombia in Rio. His situation is easier, he wouldn't ride the Tour anyway and I imagine that making Colombia's track squad is much easier than making the British team.
I'm guessing Ella Viviani is another road sprinter who is likely to be distracted from his trade team duties.
Any other turncoats you can think of?
Last edited by jyl; 02-26-16 at 01:12 AM.