Posted by Editoress on 06/26/14
Canadian Commonwealth Games team grows to 18 riders
Cycling Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada have added two more athletes to the team that will compete at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3, 2014.
The new athletes are Svein Tuft of Langley, B.C., who will compete in the men’s individual time trial and the men’s road race, and Will Routley of Whistler, B.C., who will line up for the road race.
The additions to the team came about after Commonwealth Games Canada informed Cycling Canada it would be possible to add two athletes to the cycling quota, provided they were medal contenders.
Both Tuft and Routley fit the bill. Tuft, who won silver at the time trial world championships in 2008, wore the pink leader’s jersey in this year’s Giro d’Italia after helping his Orica-GreenEDGE teammates to victory in the opening stage team time trial. And Routley scored a fine victory in stage 4 of this year’s Tour of California, the biggest stage race in North America.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to add these two talented riders to the Commonwealth Games roster,” said Jacques Landry, Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director. “Our previous quota of 16 athletes left us without any road specialists on the men’s side. With Svein and Will, we have boosted our chances of a podium in the road events.”
The Road Races and Time Trial will be held July 31st and August 3rd at the Glasgow City Road and Time Trial Courses, while the Track events will be held July 24-27th at Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Mountain Bike races July 29th at the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails.
Source Cycling Canada
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