Olympics: Team GB cycling omit Geraint Thomas; Tom Pidcock in

Team GB announced on Friday some of the riders who will compete at the Paris Olympics this summer, with two-time Olympic champion Geraint Thomas a surprise omission.

Thomas, who helped Team GB to team pursuit gold in 2008 and 2012, was hoping to complete an Olympic swansong in the time trial but has been dropped from the squad despite coming second and third place in the past two Giro d'Italia, respectively.

Meanwhile, reigning Olympic mountain biking title holder Tom Pidcock has been included.

Pidcock won gold on his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 in the cross-country mountain bike event, memorably recovering from a broken collarbone just weeks prior. Team GB have announced he will attempt to defend his title in Paris, as well as entering the road event.

Since Tokyo, he has raced on both the Tour de France -- where he won a stage in 2022 -- and Giro d'Italia, as well as winning cross-country mountain bike gold at the 2023 UCI World Championships.

Team GB cycling were dealt a blow last week with leading rider Katie Archibald announcing she will miss the Games after suffering a double leg break following a freak accident in which she tripped on her garden step.

Team GB intend to take their largest-ever Olympic cycling squad to Paris, with Friday's announcement only including 20 riders. The remainder of the cycling squad will be announced in the coming weeks.

Also included is Katy Marchant (women's track sprint), Ethan Hayter (men's track endurance and men's road) and Jack Carlin (men's track sprint), all of whom will be looking to add to the bronze or silver medals they won in Tokyo.

Half of the 20 riders included in Friday's announcement are debutants.

"Team GB has a rich tradition with Olympic cycling, and I am thrilled that we will be taking our largest ever cycling team to Paris," Team GB chef de mission Mark England said in a statement.

"It is very exciting to see the next generation of cyclists selected to compete for Team GB in Paris, alongside some of our seasoned Olympians and Olympic medalists in Katy, Tom, Ethan and Jack. I am fully confident that all the athletes selected today will put in some fantastic performances this summer."