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Canadian media paying attention to lone Olympic mens' RR spot

It would seem that the mainstream Canadian media generally presumes that Ryder Hesjedal will get Canada's lone Olympic spot for the mens' RR and TT (and also many seem to presume he'll win - LOL). So, they seem quite surprised to find out that Hesjedal isn't a lock for the spot, and that there might be reasons why Cycling Canada would name someone else to the spot. In fact, one newspaper (Ottawa Citizen here), seems to be actively advocating for Hesjedal to get the spot because he deserves it based on his Giro performance.

Landry said we could "see a generation of cyclists taking to their bikes because of this great win."

The man responsible for a win this "great" deserves to wear Canada's colours in London for the July 28 Olympic road race.

The two main arguments against Hesjedal getting the spot (that are in this article and have been iterated elsewhere as well) are 1) it will be a sprinters' race and Hesjedal isn't a sprinter (never mind that the Canadian rider won't have any team support either), and 2) the same rider has to do the RR and the TT so maybe it would be better to pick the best TT'er (with the thought being that Svein Tuft has the better overall record re: performance at last Olympics and 2nd in the worlds in 2008 as well - but who is the better TT'er at present?)

I'm not sure which way I'm leaning at the moment, but interesting that the Canadian media is even picking up on this. And, hopefully this will be the start of a progression such that Canada will have more than one Olympic spot for the future!


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