British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton admits he is excited about seeing the next generation of cyclists in action after a young squad was named for the final round of the UCI Track World Cup series.
Great Britain have enjoyed great success at this season’s World Cup series – which also serves as a qualification process for Rio 2016 – including winning four golds and one bronze at the recent edition in London.
But with one eye on the World Track Championships in Paris in February, selectors have opted to rest some of their senior riders and go with only two of the squad from London.
Jess Varnish and Vicky Williamson will compete in the women's sprint disciplines as part of a 16-rider squad for the third competition in Cali, Colombia, which takes place from January 16-18.
The team is made up predominantly of British Cycling's Olympic Academy Programme riders as well as guest riders Jonny Biggin, who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and Welsh rider Ellise Coster.
Olympic podium programme rider Katy Marchant will also make her World Cup debut having transferred from athletics to cycling in 2013.
"I am pleased with how the team has performed so far in this World Cup cycle and we're well on track as to where we want to be in terms of qualifying places for the Olympics,” said Sutton.
"This has eased the pressure on us slightly and has enabled us to select a younger team for the final round, giving the academy an excellent opportunity to step up and race at this level."
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