There were no great surprises as British Cycling today announced the team of 16 riders who will compete in the final round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup between the 17th and 19th of February 2012 at the velodrome in the Olympic Park, London.
A strong British team, including Olympic Gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas, will compete at the Track Cycling World Cup which also doubles as the Olympic Test Event.
Speaking of the team selection, Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: “The World Cup in London has added significance given that it’s the first major event to be held at the Olympic venue. We are using the Test Event as a learning opportunity for our Olympic preparations and have selected a full-strength squad accordingly. The riders and staff are looking forward to gaining race experience at the London Velodrome and it’s always fantastic for us to have the support of a sell-out home crowd.”
Perhaps the only surprise is that the team aren’t taking the opportunity to enter more riders under the Sky Track Cycling or 100% ME banners as it has in the past – suggesting, perhaps, that the squad for selection for the Worlds and the Olympics is pretty close to completion.
Matt Crampton (representing Sky Track Cycling)
Sir Chris Hoy