Tour quartet named in Great Britain Olympic squad
Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and David Millar have been named in Great Britain's five-man road cycling squad for London 2012.
The quartet will be joined by British champion Ian Stannard. Steve Cummings, Ben Swift and Jeremy Hunt were cut from the initial eight-man long list announced on June 13, but could be required if illness, injury or loss of form affects any of the five riders named.
Wiggins and Froome have also been selected for the August 1 time-trial at Hampton Court, with Millar overlooked for this event, despite being Commonwealth Games champion.
However, the 35-year-old Scot's inclusion in the road race squad will doubtless make the most headlines, coming as it does after the British Olympic Association were forced to drop their bylaw banning those with prior doping offences.
Millar served a two-year suspension from 2004 to 2006 after admitting to taking banned blood booster EPO. Since his suspension began just prior to the Athens Olympics, he has become a leading campaigner for drug-free sport.
He is set to support Cavendish's bid for Olympic gold in the 250-kilometre road race on July 28, with his experience crucial for an event which will be challenging to control.
The Olympic road race takes place six days after the Tour concludes in Paris.
British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford said: "The final selection for the men's road race was a tough choice as we had a really strong squad of riders to pick from.
"We have selected the five riders who we believe are on the best form and will give us the fastest team for the race.
"All the riders selected have a gruelling few weeks coming up, with Ian due to ride in the Tour of Poland and the rest of the lads riding in the Tour de France, so we'll be keeping an eye on injury and form but for now, I am confident that we have picked the best team for the race."
Wiggins, who will be riding in his fourth Olympics, added: "I'm happy to be a part of it.
"We've got a good chance to win the road race with Cav and it's a London Olympics which makes it very special.
"I've also got a chance to go for my fourth gold medal in the time trial."
The selection completes the 27-rider cycling squad for the Games across four disciplines.
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