USA Cycling announces Olympic long teams for track

Dec. 15, 2011, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Two-time pursuit world champion Taylor Phinney is among 19 athletes chosen by USA Cycling to be eligible for selection to the U.S. track cycling team at the London Olympics.

Cycling's national governing body announced its men's and women's long teams Thursday.

Phinney spent the past season in the pro peloton and is vying for a spot on the U.S. road cycling team. He's joined on the track roster of eight riders by the five who represented the U.S. at the 2011 worlds: Michael Blatchford, Bobby Lea, Kevin Mansker, Giddeon Massie and Dean Tracy.

Blatchford, Lea and Massie competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Sarah Hammer, who won silver in the omnium at worlds, was among 11 women selected to the track long team. Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed, who teamed with Hammer to win silver in team pursuit at the world championships, were also selected.