Pan Am Cycling quotas awarded at COPACI Championships
A week of cycling competition concluded in Panama with four Olympic quotas awarded to three nations. The quotas will be in the possession of Argentina, Canada, and the United States for the time being as the Olympic invites earned at Continental Championships are third in order of hierarchy. Quotas earned through the UCI World Ranking and World Championships take precedence.
On Saturday morning, Skylar Schneider of the United States led the pack across the finish line in the Women's Elite race and Olympic qualifier. 35-year-old Canadian Alison Jackson finished in the second qualifying position, beating out a group of 25 riders that sprinted across the line in a time of 2:48:08.
Schneider and Jackson secured a spot in the Olympic Cycling Road Race for their respective nations, but as things sit right now, there is a strong possibility that Team USA and Canada are able to enter athletes via a different qualifying pathway. If this scenario were to play out, the Panamerican quotas would be reallocated.
The Canadian flag flew a little higher on Sunday, as Gaspe, Quebec native, Pier-Andre Cote, came away with the Pan Am championship. Cote and compatriot Charles-Etienne Chretien (third place) were part of a pack of five pedaling towards the line. Squeaking in between the Canadian cyclists was German Tivani of Argentina, earning the South American nation their first quota place for the Summer Games Paris 2024.
As mentioned earlier, the possibility of quota reallocation looms in the Men's Road Race as well. Top five finishes for Uruguay's Antonio Fagundez and Ecuador's Bayron Guama could carry importance later on in the qualifying calendar.
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