OTTAWA -- Tour de France veterans Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria and Michael Barry of Toronto lead the list of riders in the Canadian Olympic selection pool for men's road racing.
The 11-man list also includes Svein Tuft of Langley, B.C., Christian Meier of Sussex, N.B., and Dominique Rollin of Boucherville, Que., who like Hesjedal are currently riding in the Grio d'Italia.
Canada has qualified one spot for the men's Olympic road race and one spot in the men's Olympic time trial. According to UCI regulations, any athlete who takes part in the time trial must also start the road race.
Others on the selection pool list are David Boily and Bruno Langlois of Quebec City, Guillaume Boivin of Longueuil, Que., Ryan Roth of Cambridge, Ont., Will Routley of Whistler, B.C., and David Veilleux of Cap Rouge, Que.
"Canadian cycling has never been this healthy, with strong depth," Gord Fraser, manager of the men's program at the Canadian Cycling Association, said in a statement Friday.
The women's selection pool will be announced on or around June 6 to take advantage of the full period of the UCI qualification window.
The cyclists going to the Games will be announced June 21 during the Canadian Road Championships in Lac Megantic, Que.