British Cycling and the British Olympic Association have today confirmed the final Team GB line-up for the men’s road race at the Rio Olympic Games. Steve Cummings replaces Pete Kennaugh who has withdrawn himself from the team.
Kennaugh, 27, has volunteered to step down after struggling for form since returning from breaking his right collarbone in the Tour of California two months ago. The 35 year-old Cummings, who was the first reserve for Rio, has accepted the place.
British Cycling programmes director Andy Harrison said: “I am disappointed for Pete but I respect his decision and I’m sure he can bounce back and finish his season strongly. Clearly Steve is in excellent form and I’m certain he will do Team GB proud.”
Men’s road race coach Rod Ellingworth said: “As always when selecting a team for a road race, the ideal situation is to leave the decision as late as possible as it’s difficult to predict riders’ form and health so far out.
“Since the selection panel made the original decision, there’s been 38 days of world tour racing during which time we’ve had some excellent results from the British Cycling squad, for example we’ve had British riders wear the yellow, green and white jerseys at the Tour de France.
“I’m confident that with this team, Team GB can be competitive at the men’s road race in Rio.”
Team GB chef de mission Mark England said: “The fact that Pete can be replaced by an athlete of the calibre of Steve Cummings is an indication of the depth of cycling talent available to Team GB and I’m looking forward to seeing what this team can do in Rio.”
Kennaugh said: “London 2012 was one of the highlights of my career so I am gutted to be missing out on Rio but, knowing that I am not able to give my best, I felt it was my duty to withdraw.”
Cummings said: “I've shown over the 2016 season to date that I am in great shape and I look forward to going to Rio to represent my country and hopefully we as a team come back with a medal from the road race.”