Shane Sutton is expecting Britain’s track cyclists to carry their European form into the new World Cup season after naming the team set to ride at the opening leg in Manchester next month.
Double Olympic champion Laura Trott heads up the 17-strong squad with the majority having just returned from Apeldoorn and the European Championships, where Britain won eight medals.
Trott contributed gold in the team pursuit and omnium and is joined on the women’s endurance squad by fellow Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell and Dani King as well as Elinor Barker.
Only Katie Archibald, part of the gold-medal winning team pursuit outfit, is missing from the British team that competed at the Europeans as she will compete for her trade team in Manchester.
Fellow Olympic champions Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, Steven Burke and Ed Clancy also make up the team and performance manager Sutton has high hopes for the World Cup opener on home soil.
“We came home from the European Track Championships with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals, which has given us a solid start to the season,” said Sutton.
“We’ll be looking to build on that over the next couple of weeks, and I’m hoping to see some good performances across the board at the World Cup in Manchester.
“To compete at an event at our ‘home’ velodrome is always a big boost to the team and it’s without a doubt our favourite venue to race at.
“All of the team are looking forward to racing with the support of a home crowd again.”
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