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Swiss and British select Olympic team

U23 Swiss racer Nino Schurter

U23 Swiss racer Nino Schurter (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Switzerland and Great Britain finalized their selections for their Olympic mountain bike teams.

For Switzerland, five racers will be headed to Beijing including World Champion Christoph Sauser, U23 World Champion Nino Schurter, and European Champion Florian Vogel on the men's team and 2007 Marathon World Champion Petra Henzi and Nathalie Schneitter on the women's team. Left off the Swiss team was so Ralph Näf, who won bronze at the worlds in Val di Sole, Italy in mid-June.

Oliver Beckingsale and Liam Killeen will be representing Great Britain off-road.

"It's great to be selected, and a relief," said Beckingsale. "This will be my third Olympic Games and I believe it will be my best by a long way. In the last few years I've been riding better than ever and I believe I will produce a personal best performance at these Games."

The Olympic mountain bike races are scheduled for August 22-23.

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