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Pair on radar for Cycling Canada

A pair of Langley cyclists have made the shortlist for the London Summer Olympic Games.

Svein Tuft and Christian Meier were both on the 11-person list released by the Canadian Cycling Association on May 11.

It is a short-list group of riders from which the 2012 Canadian cycling team will be selected.

“Canadian cycling has never been this healthy, with strong depth,” said Gord Fraser, the CCA’s manager of the men’s program.

“We have in front of us a talented group of road cyclists to analyze.

“Our discussions and final decision will certainly resolve around the best chance to win a medal in London, and help achieve our goals.”

The 36-year-old Tuft was born and raised in Langley, while Meier, 27, moved to Langley from New Brunswick.

Both currently race with the Australian Orica-GreenEdge Pro Cycling Team.

They are in Italy competing at the Giro d’Italia.

Tuft has been a member of the Canadian national team since 2001.

He previously represented Canada at the 2008 Games in Beijing, finishing seventh.

Tuft has also won seven of the past eight Canadian national time trial championships and is also the defending national road race champion.

“With a record number of Canadian riders competing in professional cycling ... we are confident we will have a competitive cyclist selected to represent Canada at the Olympic Games,” said Jacques Landry, the CCA director of high performance.

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