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David Millar - & other British cyclists - move one step closer to the Olympic Games


It's been an interesting day for British Cycling, as they announced their team selections for the Olympic Games, across road, track, BMX and MTB - but the biggest news is that included in the long list for the road races is David Millar.

You'll probably remember that Millar was at the heart of a dispute between the the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the British Olympic Association (BOA) over whether the BOA could ban athletes found guilty of drugs offenses from competing in the Olympics for Great Britain. The dispute went all the way to the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS), and CAS found against the BOA, as it was seen as an additional punishment. Since then, there have been a lot of indications that Millar will be racing in London - but today was the official announcement that he's being considered.

Below the jump, I'll tell you who he'll be up against, and also a bit about the other teams - and you can tell us which riders YOU'D have on the startlines in London!

Men's Road Races

Mark Cavendish (Sky)
Steve Cummings (BMC)
Chris Froome (Sky)
Jeremy Hunt (Sky)
David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda)
Ian Stannard (Sky)
Ben Swift (Sky)
Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

There are eight riders on the long-list for the men's races - five will get to race the road race, and two of those five race the ITT. It's pretty obvious that unless something goes horribly wrong, Mark Cavendish will be there as the protected rider, with Bradly Wiggins there for the ITT, but which three would you have supporting them? I guess this means British Cycling think Chris Froome is over his bilharzia by now...

Women's Road Races

Lizzie Armitstead (AA Drink-Leontien.nl)
Nicole Cooke (Faren Honda)
Katie Colclough (Specialized-lululemon)
Sharon Laws (AA Drink-Leontien.nl)
Lucy Martin (AA Drink-Leontien.nl)
Emma Pooley (AA Drink-Leontien.nl)

Britain has to pick four of these riders, two of whom can ride in the ITT. Former ITT World Champion Emma Pooley has to be there, but the big question will be who the road race team is built around. Nicole Cooke, who won both the Olympic and the World road race in 2008, but who's been struggling with form this year, or Lizzie Armitstead? I wrote more about these six riders back in April, and although their palmarés have moved on since then, the core questions still remain.

Track Sprint

Philip Hindes
Chris Hoy
Jason Kenny
Victoria Pendleton
Jessica Varnish

The women's team is easy here - Pendleton for the sprint, keirin and team sprint with Varnish, but while we know the men's Team Sprint team (and putting in Hindes over Matt Crampton is a bit of a surprise), the riders won't know who'll be riding the sprint and the keirin until much nearer the time. With only 1 rider per nation allowed in each race, the big decision will be about whether Chris Hoy goes for another three gold medals, or they focus 1 rider at each race, and give Jason Kenny a chance.

Track Endurance

Steven Burke (IG-Sigmas Sports)
Ed Clancy (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)
Wendy Houvenaghel
Peter Kennaugh (Sky)
Dani King (Matrix-Prendas)
Joanna Rowsell (Matrix-Prendas)
Andy Tennant (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)
Geraint Thomas (Sky)
Laura Trott (Ibis Cycles-DPD)

One of the men and one of the women on these list will be unlucky, and not get to race their respective Team Pursuits - so although the British men's and women's TP teams are current World Champions, there'll be no resting on laurels for any of these riders, as they fight for those precious places. It's a pretty safe bet, though, that current and former World Champions Laura Trott and Ed Clancy will be racing the omniums.

BMX/MTB

At least there'll be no controversy with the BMX and the XC MTB - former BMX World Champion Shanaze Reade and young Liam Phillips are the stand-outs of the British BMX scene, and Liam Killeen and Annie Last are the obvious choices in cross country MTB

Star-divide

So, what do you think? Who'd you put in any of these teams if you were British Cycling? And more importantly, what do you think their chances are in London this summer?

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