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Veteran Cyclist Gets a Shot at a Third Gold Medal

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Kristin Armstrong, 42, was selected to ride for the United States at the Summer Olympics.

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Kristin Armstrong will have an opportunity to chase her third straight time-trial gold medal at the Rio Games, perhaps the final chapter in a decorated cycling career spanning four Olympics and two brief retirements.

Armstrong was chosen for the United States Olympic roster on Thursday, joining a powerhouse women’s road team that includes the world bronze medalist Megan Guarnier, Evie Stevens and Mara Abbott.

“I feel really prepared and am really looking forward to the challenging time-trial course,” said Armstrong, who will turn 43 the day after the Aug. 10 race through the beach area of Pontal. “We have a very strong road team and I feel confident that Team U.S.A. can put our stamp on this event.”

Armstrong stepped away from the sport after winning a gold medal at the 2012 London Games, but announced a comeback in time for last year’s world championships in Richmond, Va. She was a disappointing fifth when a podium spot would have…

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