Full list of riders who will represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
- Mark Cavendish to ride omnium
- Dani King, Matt Crampton, Simon Yates are absent

The full list of cyclists that will represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August was published on Friday afternoon by British Cycling.

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There are no major surprises on list. Mark Cavendish has been selected for the omnium, and he joins the selection of male endurance riders that includes Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Steven Burke and Ed Clancy – the latter four being the pick for GB’s team pursuit squad.

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Double 2012 gold medallist Laura Trott will ride the women’s omnium, and joins team pursuiters Katie Archibald, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne in the women’s endurance line-up.

Jason Kenny, Phillip Hindes and Callum Skinner will contest the men’s sprint disciplines, with Rebecca James and Katy Marchant taking part in the women’s.

In the road races, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates, Steve Cummings and Ian Stannard will take part in the men’s. Cummings was selected as a replacement for Peter Kennaugh, who withdrew due to poor form.

Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley and Nikki Harris represent GB in the women’s road events. Froome and Pooley will also ride in the time trial events.

Liam Phillips and Kyle Evans have been selected for the men’s BMX event, with Grant Ferguson selected for the men’s cross-country mountain bike event.

Dani King, Simon Yates and Matt Crampton are the notable omissions from the list of selected riders.

Laura Trott at the 2016 Track World Championships (Sunada)

Laura Trott at the 2016 Track World Championships (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

On the track, national teams can take a maximum of eight male riders and seven female riders.

On the road, it is a maximum of five men and four women, with any rider taking part in the time trial usually also taking part in the road race.

Great Britain team for cycling events at the 2016 Olympic Games

Track cycling – 10 events

Figure in brackets indicates number of places Great Britain has qualified for.

Men’s team pursuit (1 team of 4) – Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Mark Cavendish
Women’s team pursuit (1 team of 4) – Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, Ciara Horne
Men’s omnium (1) – Mark Cavendish
Women’s omnium (1) – Laura Trott
Men’s keirin (2) – Jason Kenny, Matt Crampton
Women’s keirin (1) – Becky James
Men’s team sprint (1 team of 3) – Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Callum Skinner
Women’s team sprint (0) – Did not qualify
Men’s sprint (2) – Jason Kenny, Callum Skinner
Women’s sprint (2) – Becky James, Katy Marchant

Road cycling – 4 events

Figure in brackets indicates number of places Great Britain has qualified for.

Men’s time trial (1) – Chris Froome
Women’s time trial (1) – Emma Pooley
Men’s road race (5) – Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Adam Yates, Steve Cummings
Women’s road race (3) – Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley, Nikki Harris

Mountain bike

Men’s cross-country (1) – Grant Ferguson
Women’s cross-country (0) – Did not qualify


Men’s BMX (2) – Liam Phillips, Kyle Evans
Women’s BMX (0) – Did not qualify

This article was updated on June 22 and June 24 2016 once British Cycling had confirmed the Olympic squad.

  • Gary Jogela

    Nice one

  • Edvid

    Who knows? 😉

  • Gary Jogela

    I was joking Edvid…err you aren’t are you?

  • Frobble

    Is Jess Varnish positively, definitely, absolutely NOT going to Rio? Is there any event or venue at which she can demonstrate that she’s fitter, stronger, faster than Becky James or Katy Marchant?

    Even if the answer is no, I still find it amazing that BC has been so ready to cast her aside. James has had her injury problems in the past. If either James or Marchant break down in the next 3 months, wouldn’t you want a Plan B primed and ready to go?

    @Edvid – the UCI chart for track quota allocation shows GBR as “1+Reserve” for the women’s keirin as of 7th March, but doesn’t say when a “Reserve” applies.

  • Edvid

    You most certainly have!

    An awful lot has happened in the past week…just Google ‘British Cycling discrimination scandal’

  • Gary Jogela

    I thought Jess Varnish would be in the Rio squad…have I missed something?

  • Edvid

    Women’s keirin – GB actually qualified ONE berth; indeed they did just enough (thanks to Varnish, as it happens).

    Women’s road race – the qualification window remains open until 31 May; in all likelihood, it’ll be THREE berths (basically thanks to Armitstead). As things stand, her points tally from winning the WCh and 5 WC/WWT rounds is more than double the combined tally of the 4 next best Brits in the corresponding ranking.

    Women’s time trial – same Q window as RR, but it’ll be one berth for sure.