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Olympic pursuit takes a different road

Phinney lost his favorite discipline, so he rededicated himself anew
Taylor Phinney won the opening time trial at this year’s Giro d’Italia, one of three road cycling majors on the ProTour, then he wore the pink kit for two more days. He’s progressed so quickly in his new discipline that USA Cycling made him one of five members of its Olympic roster for this year’s London Games.
Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk walk off the 17th tee during the third round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Saturday, June 16, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the eighth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Saturday, June 16, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Road favorites withdraw from Olympic consideration

Four top U.S. cyclists – all former teammates of Lance Armstrong – removed their names from consideration for spots on the Olympic team.
Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie asked that they be taken out of the running for places on the road cycling team for next month’s London Games.
USA Cycling announced its five-man team Friday.
The national governing body released a statement Saturday in which it identified the four riders but refused to speculate on the reasons for their requests. The governing body said it issued its statement because of numerous requests for comment.
All four riders spent time on the U.S. Postal team with Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France champion is facing fresh allegations of doping by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Olympic pursuit takes a different road

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Taylor Phinney won the opening time trial at this year’s Giro d’Italia, one of three road cycling majors on the ProTour, then he wore the pink kit for two more days. He’s progressed so quickly in his new discipline that USA Cycling made him one of five members of its Olympic roster for this year’s London Games.
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Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk walk off the 17th tee during the third round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Saturday, June 16, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the eighth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Saturday, June 16, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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