Liam Killeen and Annie Last have been confirmed to represent Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
Four-time British Champion Liam Killeen will compete in the cross-country mountain biking discipline, and will be looking to improve on the fifth place he recorded at Beijing in 2008. He is joined by 21-year-old Annie Last, who will be competing at her first Olympic Games.
With just 44 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today 18 cyclists as officially selected to represent Team GB at the Games.
“We have selected what I believe to be an excellent team going into an Olympic Games and we have a good mix of experienced Olympians alongside young riders who are making their Olympic debut,” said Team GB Cycling Team Leader and British Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford CBE.
“I’m thrilled to have been selected for my first ever Olympic Games and the fact it is a home Games makes it even more special. All the hard work I’ve put in over the last couple of years has really paid off and I cannot wait to get on the start line,” commented Annie Last.
Here’s the full list of cyclists selected:
Cross Country Mountain Biking:
Liam Killeen (age: 30 born: London)
Annie Last (age: 21 born: Nottingham)
Philip Hindes (19: born: Krefeld, Germany)
Chris Hoy (age: 36 born: Edinburgh)
Jason Kenny (age: 24 born: Bolton)
Victoria Pendleton (age: 31 born: Hitchin)
Jessica Varnish (age: 21 born: Birmingham)
Steven Burke (age: 24 born: Burnley)
Edward Clancy (age: 27 born: Barnsley)
Wendy Houvenaghel (age: 37 born: Magherafelt)
Peter Kennaugh (age: 22 born: Isle of Man)
Danielle King (age: 21 born: Southampton)
Joanna Rowsell (age: 23 born: Carshalton)
Andrew Tennant (age: 25 born: Wolverhampton)
Geraint Thomas (age: 26 born: Cardiff)
Laura Trott (age: 19 born: Harlow)
Liam Phillips (age: 23 born: Taunton)
Shanaze Reade (age: 23 born: Crewe)
Also revealed today by British Cycling is the shortlist of men’s and women’s road cyclists from which the five male and four female athletes will be selected to Team GB at a later date. The riders on the shortlist for Olympic selection are:
Men’s Road (five to be selected)
Mark Cavendish (age: 27 born: Isle of Man)
Steve Cummings (age: 31 born: The Wirral)
Chris Froome (age: 27 born:Nairobi)
Jeremy Hunt (age: 38 born: Canada)
David Millar (age: 35 born: Malta)
Ian Stannard (age: 25 born: Chelmsford)
Ben Swift (age: 24 born: Rotherham)
Bradley Wiggins (age: 32 born: Ghent)
Women’s Road (four to be selected)
Lizzie Armitstead (age:23 born: Otley)
Nicole Cooke (age: 29 born: Wick)
Katie Colclough (age: 22 born: Grantham)
Sharon Laws (age 37 born Kenya)
Lucy Martin (age: 22 born Merseyside)
Emma Pooley (age 29 born: Wandsworth)
Team GB has a fine Olympic pedigree in cycling, having won a total of 49 Olympic medals to date, including 15 gold, making Great Britain one of the most successful countries in Olympic cycling history. At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Team GB cyclists won an outstanding eight gold medals from a possible 18 to lead the medal table.
Since then, changes made to the Olympic Programme by the International Cycling Federation means it will be more difficult to replicate the unprecedented medal success recorded in Beijing, but British cyclists remain world-leaders and are well placed to deliver success again at London 2012.