COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Bend’s Chris Horner has been named to the U.S. Olympic cycling squad as a member of the road team.
Horner, 40, was among 21 riders announced Friday by USA Cycling as members of the U.S. team that will be competing later this summer in the London Games.
“It’s never done until you have the selection made, so it was a fantastic feeling when I (found out about being selected),” Horner said by phone. “It should be a real exciting month of July.” (Horner is also still hoping to be named to Tour de France team).
Others named to the team included Kristin Armstrong, of Boise, Idaho, who will try to defend her gold medal in the women’s time trial, and former track cycling star Taylor Phinney, of Boulder, Colo., who will realize his Olympic dreams on the road in London.
Phinney will ride the time trial and road race for the U.S. He and Horner will be joined on the road team by Timmy Duggan, of Boulder, Colo.; Tejay van Garderen, of Tacoma, Wash.; and sprinter Tyler Farrar, of Wenatchee, Wash.
Olympic veterans Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie were passed over for the squad.
The remaining three riders on the 24-rider team will be decided today, when the BMX trials are held in Chula Vista, Calif.
There were no major surprises on the mountain bike and track cycling teams. Bend mountain biker Adam Craig competed for the U.S. in mountain biking in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but the men’s mountain bikers for the 2012 U.S. squad will be Samuel Schultz, of Missoula, Mont., and Todd Wells, of Durango, Colo.
The 2012 London Olympics run July 27 through Aug. 12.