Kenny to lead GB challenge

  • Last Updated: February 7 2014, 10:50 GMT

Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny leads a 17-rider Great Britain team to the 2014 Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia later this month.

Jason Kenny: Looking to make a statement
Jason Kenny: Looking to make a statement

Seven Olympic champions - Kenny, Phil Hindes, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell - are selected for the February 26 to March 2 event in which Britain will seek to lay down a marker with two years to go till the Rio de Janeiro Games of 2016.

The squad is as anticipated, with 2013 world points race champion Simon Yates not defending his title, instead concentrating on his road career.

Becky James leads the women's sprint group and will defend the two titles she won in Minsk last February, the sprint and Keirin.

Kenny won Keirin gold in Belarus and Trott, King and Barker won the women's team pursuit which now takes place over four kilometres with four riders.

The trio are joined in the women's endurance squad by London 2012 gold medallist Rowsell and Katie Archibald, who has been selected to make her World Championship debut.

Andy Tennant, a 2012 world champion, has missed out on selection in the men's endurance group which comprises Clancy, Burke, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Sam Harrison.

British Cycling performance director Sir Dave Brailsford said: "I'm pleased with the results we've had at World Cup level this season, both from the established riders and the younger ones breaking through, and I think we can go into the World Championships with confidence this year.

"With qualification for Rio 2016 expected to begin this year, this World Championships will allow us to lay down a marker to see where we are at against the best in the world and assess what work needs to be done."

Great Britain team:

Men's sprint: Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny

Women's sprint: Becky James, Jess Varnish, Vicky Williamson

Men's endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison

Women's endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30