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Thomas and Cooke book Olympic spots

Nicole Cooke will get the chance to defend her Olympic Road Race title Photo: John Giles/PA Wire

Wales’ London Olympic contingent has been boosted by the addition of two more names after Team GB named their cycling squad for the games today.

Geraint Thomas and Nicole Cooke look have been handed places in the party, meaning both riders will get the to defend the titles they won at the Beijing games four years ago.

Thomas has been named in the track endurance squad meaning he is set to keep his place in the Team Pursuit quartet that have started the season in imperious form, setting a new world record on their way to winning the Track Cycling World Championships earlier this year.

Thomas looks likely to keep his place in the Team Pursuit quartet Credit: AP/Daniele Badolato

Cooke has been named in the women’s road race squad that will compete over a newly designed course starting, and finishing on the Mall.

But her role in that team is still unclear, with both her and rival Lizzie Armistead vying for the lead rider position that will form the focus of the team’s efforts.

Armistead has been a constant thorn in the Welsh rider's side over the past couple of seasons and could still be given the marquee role before the competition gets under way.

If she does, Cooke’s chance’s of retaining her title would be considerably less, given that she would be obliged to act as support for her teammate and be expected to sacrifice her race for the team’s benefit in a so called 'Domestique' role.

the men's and women's squads will now continue their preparations ahead of the games with coaching staff set to wait a few more weeks before naming their final line-ups.

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