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London 2012 Olympics: Britain has a powerful cycling team


Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is just one of several top British cyclers. (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS)

Quick, name three things you associate with Britain: The queen? Big Ben? Double-decker buses? By the end of the London Games, a new item will roll off your tongue: Cycling.

Whether on the roads on in the velodrome, Team Britain’s stars are primed to dominate in a sport that is all the rage in London. Four years ago in Beijing, the Brits won 14 medals, including eight golds.

The first day of the Games could bring a gold medal from Mark Cavendish in the road race, which will end with a finale in front of Buckingham Palace and down The Mall at St. James Park.

Bradley Wiggins, the Tour de France champion from Britain’s Team Sky, and Chris Froome, the runner-up, will seek medals in the time trial. Chris Hoy, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Games and was knighted for the achievement, will compete for more gold in track cycling.

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