U.S. Olympic cycling roster finalized with road, indoor, BMX, mountain teams
USA Cycling announced the final members of its Tokyo Olympic team on Thursday, setting a roster of 27 that could earn medals in all four disciplines at one Games for the first time.
Rio Olympic BMX race champion Connor Fields, Chloé Dygert, a world champion on the road and the track, and 2018 World mountain bike champion Kate Courtney all previously qualified based on results in international competitions.
Dygert, coming back from leg surgery after crashing over a guard rail in the 2020 World Road Cycling Championships time trial, is set to become the first U.S. cyclist to compete in multiple disciplines at an Olympics since Jeanne Golay in 1996.
In the new BMX freestyle event, 19-year-old Hannah Roberts won her third world title on Monday. Perris Benegas, the 2018 World champion, Justin Dowell, the 2018 World men’s champion, and Nick Bruce, the 2019 World bronze medalist, also qualified before Thursday’s announcement based on international results.
The new team members announced Thursday included discretionary selections on the road and the track.
Amber Neben, 46, is set to shatter the record for oldest U.S. Olympic cyclist by three years, according to Olympedia.org. The only older Olympic cyclist from any nation was French legend Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, who finished fourth in the road time trial in 2008 at age 49.
Neben, an Olympian in 2008 and 2012, lost an arbitration case in an appeal to be named to the Rio Olympic team after not being chosen.
Neben won the world time trial title in 2008 and in 2016, two months after the Rio Games. She finished fourth at worlds in 2019 and sixth in 2020.
Top U.S. male road cyclists at recent Tours de France, Sepp Kuss and Tejay van Garderen, are not on the team. Kuss announced last month he would skip the Tokyo Games. Van Garderen also withdrew from Rio Olympic consideration due to Zika virus concerns when his wife was pregnant with their second child.
The full U.S. Olympic cycling roster:
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