Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/14
Taylor Phinney's fourth-place finish. Kristin Armstrong's crash on a rain-slicked road course. Shelley Olds' flat tire at the most inopportune time. The U.S. cycling team has already had enough misfortune to last the entire Olympics. Phinney and the Americans came into the London Games expecting to send someone to the podium on the opening weekend. Instead of setting the tone for the rest of the program, though, the men's and women's road races turned out to be an exercise in frustration. The biggest disappointment came Sunday, when Olds was in a four-rider breakaway before she got a flat. She managed to get her tire changed, but the delay dropped her back to the main field, and her chances to sprint for a medal were dashed by dastardly luck.
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