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Deep U.S. cycling team headed to Tokyo Olympics with golden ambitions

Deep U.S. cycling team headed to Tokyo Olympics with golden ambitions

This Sept. 27, 2019, file photo shows United States’ Megan Jastrab celebrating winning the women junior event at the road cycling World Championships in Harrogate,…

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This Sept. 27, 2019, file photo shows United States’ Megan Jastrab celebrating winning the women junior event at the road cycling World Championships in Harrogate, England. The cycling team that the U.S. is taking to the Tokyo Olympics is a little bit different than the one it would have taken a year ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to postpone the Summer Games by an entire year. Among those on the team announced Thursday, June 10, 2021, are mountain biker Haley Batten, who’s been on the podium each of the first two World Cup races of the season; Jastrab, the 19-year-old track cycling prodigy who will be part of the gold medal-favorite women’s pursuit team and also contest the Madison; and 23-year-old time trial star Brandon McNulty. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The cycling team that the U.S. is taking to the Tokyo Olympics is a little different from the one it would have taken 12 months ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to postpone the Summer Games by an entire year.

In many ways, it’s a whole lot stronger.

Among those on the team announced Thursday are mountain biker Haley Batten, who’s been on the podium each of the first two World Cup races of the season; Megan Jastrab, the 19-year-old track cycling prodigy who will be part of the gold medal-favorite women’s pursuit team and also contest the Madison; and 23-year-old time trial star Brandon McNulty.

There’s a chance none would have made the squad a year ago, yet […]

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