Puncture means heartbreak for Olds in Olympic road race

Shelley Olds checks out the course

Shelley Olds checks out the course (Image credit: USA Cycling)

When the winning breakaway escaped the peloton with 50km remaining in the women's road race at the 2012 Olympic Games, all of the USA cheered because in the very promising escape was sprinter and Chongming World Cup winner Shelley Olds. But the excitement turned to heartbreak for Olds and her country as a puncture put her out of the move 20 kilometers later.

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Laura Weislo
Managing Editor

Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.