Grant Ferguson added to the Rio 2016 Team GB cycling squad

Grant Ferguson added to the Rio 2016 Team GB cycling squad

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Mountain biker Grant Ferguson has today been added to Team GB’s cycling squad for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The 22-year-old will compete in the men’s cross country event at Rio 2016, which is set to be held on 21 August – the final day of the competition at the Games.

Ferguson enjoyed a highly successful 2015 in which he won silver at the U23 European Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships before taking his first ever win at the World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy.

The Scottish-born rider finished the year strongly too, with a bronze medal in the men’s U23 race at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Andorra. He made his debut in the elite category at this year’s worlds yesterday having achieved a career-best 15th at elite World Cup level in May.

Ferguson said: “I’m thrilled to have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympic Games thanks to the support of British Cycling. I was fortunate enough to be on the BOA’s Olympic Ambition Programme in 2012 and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience so to be able to actually compete this time is really exciting and I can’t wait to get out there.”

Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: “Being able to add Grant to our cycling squad and ensure we have representation across all four disciplines is fantastic news for Team GB. Grant is a young, exciting rider who’s progressed quickly to elite level having excelled in the junior ranks.”

Ferguson’s inclusion takes the number of selected cyclists for Rio 2016 to 27 following the announcement of the road, track and BMX riders last month.

British Cycling and the BOA are also able to clarify the process by which non-programme riders considered by the original British Cycling selection panel were able to appeal.

Riders eligible to appeal were contacted by British Cycling on June 27 and were able to take advantage of a 48-hour appeals window in line with the process available to programme riders.

Two appeals were received and considered under British Cycling’s major event selection appeals procedure but were unsuccessful.

Grant Ferguson joins the British line up

The selected athletes are:

Men’s Mountain Bike:

Grant Ferguson, aged 22, hometown Peebles

Men’s Track:

Jason Kenny, 28, Bolton

Phillip Hindes, 23, Manchester

Callum Skinner, 23, Glasgow

Bradley Wiggins, 36, London

Mark Cavendish, 31, Douglas

Owain Doull, 23, Cardiff

Steven Burke, 28, Burnley

Ed Clancy, 31, Barnsley

Ryan Owens, 20, Aspley Guise, Beds

Women’s Track:

Rebecca James, 24, Abergavenny

Katy Marchant, 23, Leeds

Laura Trott, 24, Harlow

Katie Archibald, 22, Milngavie

Joanna Rowsell Shand, 27, Carshalton

Elinor Barker, 21, Cardiff

Ciara Horne, 26, Harrow

Men’s Road:

Geraint Thomas, 30, Cardiff

Chris Froome, 31, Nairobi

Adam Yates, 23, Bury

Peter Kennaugh, 27, Douglas

Ian Stannard, 29, Chelmsford

Women’s Road:

Lizzie Armitstead, 27, Otley

Emma Pooley, 33, Wandsworth

Nikki Harris, 29, Draycott

Men’s BMX:

Liam Phillips, 27, Taunton

Kyle Evans, 22, Wigan