July 12, 2016 (Montreal, QC) – Joëlle Numainville (Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team) has lost her appeal following her exclusion from the Rio 2016 Team Canada selections for women’s road cycling at the upcoming Olympic Games. The veteran rider recently secured a hat-trick of victories at the Tour de Delta part of BC Superweek. A disappointed Numainville issued the following statement – appeal announced here – Rio 2016 Team Canada announcement here.
Joëlle Numainville Statement
It is with an enormous disappointment that cyclist Joëlle Numainville received the decision of the arbitrator appointed by Cycling Canada to hear her appeal of the Canadian Olympic Team Selection for the Rio Games.
“I am extremely disappointed with the decision rendered by Cycling Canada’s arbitrator. It’s heartbreaking,” said the Laval cyclist. “It’s so hard to have to forget about your dream of going to the Olympics. Still today, I am convinced that I could have helped the team win medals in Rio.
“Cycling Canada’s Olympic Selection Policy is heavily focused on selective criteria. Unfortunately, those criteria played against me,” continued the athlete. “My team and I have decided not to pursue the appeal with the SDRCC. I will take the next couple of weeks to clear my mind and turn the page on this sad chapter of my career.
“I love riding my bike and I intend to continue to train hard and compete with my professional team Cervelo Bigla. I wish the best of luck to the Canadian team that will be in Rio.”