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Romero and Wiggins Lose Out In Olympic Cycling Shakedown

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From BBC: Rebecca Romero (above in screen shot from BBC.com) and Bradley Wiggins will not be able to defend their titles at the 2012 Games in London following changes to the Olympic track programme. But fellow Briton Victoria Pendleton could now go for three golds after the number of women’s events was increased to five, the same number as the men.

The individual pursuit, won by Wiggins and Romero in Beijing in 2008, has been dropped in favour of sprint events. The move has angered Romero, who is now planning to switch to road events.

“There didn’t need to be such a massive overhaul,” she (Romero) told Radio 5 live. “This is a massive overhaul of the Olympic track programme which will have massive consequences for the sport.

There will be more medal opportunities for female riders so it’s creating equality in that sense, but it’s creating inequality between sprint and endurance riders. Out of 10 medals that will now be available, six could potentially just be distributed among two riders.

Full story and videos with Romero, Wiggins, and Pendleton at BBC

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