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Steve Cummings to ride Olympic Road Race as Peter Kennaugh withdraws

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Josh Cunningham
19 Jul 2016

British Cycling confirms that Steve Cummings will ride the road race at the Rio Olympics after Peter Kennaugh withdraws himself from team.

A statement on the British Cycling website reveals that Steve Cummings, the Dimension Data rider who won stage 7 of this year's Tour de France, will now ride the Olympic Road Race in Rio this summer. 

The announcment comes after Peter Kennaugh, the 27 year old Team Sky rider, withdrew himself from the 5-man team after struggling to regain the required level of condition following a broken collarbone at the Tour of California in May. 

'London 2012 was one of the highlights of my career so I am gutted to be missing out on Rio but, knowing that I am not able to give my best, I felt it was my duty to withdraw,' said Kennaugh. 

Many had questioned the decision to leave Cummings out of the team, especially after his recent performances and his relative suitability to the course, but it is not known whether this outcry was linked with Kennaugh's withdrawal. 

Men's road race coach Rod Ellingworth, meanwhile, said: 'As always when selecting a team for a road race, the ideal situation is to leave the decision as late as possible as it’s difficult to predict riders’ form and health so far out.

'Since the selection panel made the original decision, there’s been 38 days of world tour racing during which time we’ve had some excellent results from the British Cycling squad, for example we’ve had British riders wear the yellow, green and white jerseys at the Tour de France.

'I’m confident that with this team, Team GB can be competitive at the men’s road race in Rio.'

Full men's road race team:

Chris Froome
Geraint Thomas

Adam Yates

Steve Cummings

Ian Stannard

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