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Cycling: Zabriskie eyes Olympic berth

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posted on Jun, 19 2004 @ 02:11 PM
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Having vanquished the ghosts of the Redlands, Calif., bicycle course Thursday, Salt Lake County cyclist David Zabriskie hopes to translate his victory in the national time trials into a berth today on the U.S. Olympic cycling team.
To do so, he will have to beat a strong field of 160 U.S. riders -- most notably four-time Redlands Bicycle Classic champion Chris Horner of Bend, Ore. -- over a 115-mile course through the hot, hilly, smoggy terrain of southern California.
Only the winner makes the five-man U.S. Olympic road race team, led by the legendary Lance Armstrong.
"It will be a race of attrition," Zabriskie predicted Friday, one day after blitzing the rest of the field by more than two minutes to win USA Cycling's Elite Men's National Time Trial Championships at Redlands.
"I put a bit of pressure on myself to win that race because I really needed it to remotivate myself after all my bad luck," the 25-year-old Olympus High graduate said.


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