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USA Cycling unveils new high-performance national team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Cycling has unveiled a national team program that includes 51 athletes across five disciplines who will receive year-round support based upon their level of accomplishment.

The American team won five cycling medals at the Rio Olympics last year, and that haul compelled USA Cycling boss Derek Bouchard-Hall to approach the U.S. Olympic Committee about additional funding.

The national body agreed to provide $500,000 per year through the 2020 Tokyo Games to fund the new high-performance national team. USA Cycling’s own foundation matched the amount, providing $1 million to fund a range of athletes with medal potential.

The money will be used for such things as health insurance for the athletes, along with providing access to Olympic training centers, physiologists and other experts, and even travel and clothing costs.

Bouchard-Hall has set a goal of winning seven medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to leave USA Cycling at year’s end

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Derek Bouchard-Hall is resigning as chief executive of USA Cycling at the end of the year and less three years after getting the job.

The chairman of USA Cycling’s board of directors, Bob Stapleton, will help run the organization while a replacement is found. Stapleton said Friday the search has already begun.

Bouchard-Hall plans to take over an undisclosed company with close ties to USA Cycling.

Bouchard-Hall came from the retail sector of the cycling industry, and was tasked with rebuilding an organization that had fallen into disarray. There was a major schism between USA Cycling’s goals of fostering the sport at the amateur level while also pushing its high-performance program.

Bouchard-Hall wound up overhauling USA Cycling’s entire structure, hiring a wave of new coaches and administrators to push forward its world championship and Olympic teams.

Member of U.S. cycling team found after going missing in Spain

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MADRID — American cycling team Trek-Segafredo says one of its members has been taken to a hospital after going missing for several hours in northeastern Spain.

The team says director Steven De Jongh was “conscious” after being found by authorities on Monday. It did not immediately give any other details.

De Jongh’s wife called for help on Twitter, saying her husband went missing after going on a morning ride near the city of Girona. She later said a helicopter found him, breathing, and with a pulse.

The team says police were involved in the search.