Lea, Blatchford added to U.S. Olympic track cycling team

CARSON, Calif. -- Bobby Lea and Michael Blatchford have been added to the U.S. Olympic track cycling team roster, after each hit qualifying times at a team selection camp this week.

Lea will ride in the points race and the Madison at the Beijing Games; Blatchford has qualified for one of the spots on the team sprint roster.

They join Taylor Phinney -- a new junior world record holder -- as the lone American men's track cycling qualifiers for Beijing so far.

Phinney, the son of 1984 Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney and former Olympian and Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney, set a junior world mark in the 3,000-meter individual pursuit at the selection camp, which he used primarily as a training session since he already clinched an Olympic spot.

The 17-year-old Phinney finished 12 laps around the 250-meter track in 3 minutes, 16.589 seconds -- shaving more than 1 second off the former junior world record time set by Australia's Michael Ford in 2004.

"The performances by our athletes over the course these last couple of days are a good sign of things to come," said USA Cycling director of athletics Pat McDonough.

The additions of Lea and Blatchford to the Olympic roster mean 10 American cyclists have now secured spots. Others who previously qualified for the Beijing Games include Phinney, Kristin Armstrong (women's road), Levi Leipheimer (men's road), Sarah Hammer (women's track), Jennie Reed (women's track), Mike Day (men's BMX), Kyle Bennett (men's BMX) and Jill Kintner (women's BMX).

Some mountain bikers may clinch Olympic spots later this week at the world championships.

USA Cycling plans to announce the full rosters July 1.