Americans For LA World Cup

World champ Sarah Hammer

World champ Sarah Hammer (Image credit: Mitch Friedman)

World champions Sarah Hammer (OUCH Pro Cycling) and Kristin Armstrong (Team Lipton) will lead the USA national team when the UCI world cup heads to their home country in Los Angeles, California on January 19-21. Hammer, the reigning individual pursuit world champion will put in her first world cup appearance this season after choosing to opt out of the events in Sydney and Moscow. She'll aim to improve on her record setting effort from the US national championships in October, where she bested Rebecca Twigg's US pursuit record from 1995 by more than three seconds.

Hammer will be joined by Armstrong, who took a bronze medal in the pursuit at the Sydney world cup last season. Armstrong notched the biggest result of her career last fall when she captured a rainbow jersey in the elite women’s time trial in Salzburg, Austria. Also on tap for the women’s endurance events is Becky Quinn, a consistent performer who won a pair of silver medals at last year's Los Angeles world cup, taking second place in both the points race and scratch race, and first timer Neva Day.

For the sprint events, the team will be led by Jennie Reed, who is the only American to medal in world cup competition this season with a silver medal in the keirin at the world cup opener in Australia. Former collegiate champion Anna Lang and master's world champion Liz Reap-Carlson fill out the team.

On the men’s side, sprinters Giddeon Massie, Adam Duvendeck, Michael Blatchford, Ben Barczewski and Kevin Selker will take to the boards with endurance riders Tom Zirbel, Bobby Lea and Austin Carroll.

Veteran trackie and Cyclingnews diarist Jame Carney will head to Los Angeles with the support of Team Fuji, and Jonathan Vaugthers' Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle squad will send a pair of riders, Brad Huff and Michael Creed, to take part.

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