Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Canada's Commonwealth Games Cycling squad

The Canadian Cycling Association announced Thursday that its 13-member team that will take part in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Delhi, India, in October, will be lead by veteran rider Michael Barry.

(Read: Commonwealth Games cycling route)

Barry, who is currently competing at the Tour de France, was ninth in the road race event at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The Toronto native also wore the Maple Leaf at the 2003 Union Cycliste Internationale road world championships, the 2000 Pan-American Games and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

“The Canadian cycling team for Delhi Commonwealth Games intends to compete for medals,” said Team Canada chef de mission Martha Deacon. “With one gold, one silver and three bronze medals won in Melbourne in 2006, the cyclists will be highly competitive in Delhi and we are proud to support the already accomplished team members as the cycling team looks to surpass previous goals.”

Svein Tuft, a veteran member of the Canadian team, will also be taking part in the road race event. The native of Langley, B.C., was the 2008 Pan-Am champ and a silver medallist in the individual time trial at the 2008 UCI road worlds in Varese, Italy. He recently won his sixth straight Canadian crown in the time trial race at the 2010 Canadian road cycling championships.

Also named to the team were Zach Bell of Watson Lake, Yukon, who competed in the track event at the Beijing Games, and Calgary's Travis Smith, a silver and bronze medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Edmonton's Tara Whitten, who won the women's points race at the 2010 world championships, and Calgary's Monique Sullivan, who won the sprint title at the 2009 Canadian championships, will lead the women's team.

This year's Commonwealth Games features 14 track events (eight for men and six for women), along with two road events.


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