In brief: Armstrong hopes to make case for Olympic team
Cycling: Three women are vying for two slots on the U.S. time trial team in the London Olympics. Making the cut might come down to a five-day stage race that starts today in Boise.
Kristin Armstrong Savola (University of Idaho), the 2008 Olympic time trial gold medalist; former world champion Amber Neben; and Evelyn Stevens, a Wall Street associate- turned-professional cyclist; will race head-to-head for the first time this season at the Exergy Tour.
Armstrong (pictured above), Neben and Stevens – and dozens of women from around the world, from 16 professional teams – will have one of their final chances to win points for their own Olympic teams.
USA Cycling, the sport’s U.S. governing body, will announce its squad June 15. Though Armstrong, Neben and Stevens each have a good chance to become a member of the U.S. road racing team, the selection committee’s assessment of which two have the best shot for the Olympic podium will govern who rides the Aug. 1 time trial.
NFL suspends Seahawks OT
NFL: Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Allen Barbre was suspended for the first four regular-season games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance- enhancing substances.
Barbre (6-foot-4, 305 pounds) is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.