Great Britain and New Zealand announced their squad for next month’s Track World Championships in London, with two black and yellow clad riders making national selection.
Olympic champion Ed Clancy returns from back injury and current World Champion Alex Frame will take to the London Olympic velodrome between March 2-6.
With the 2016 Rio Olympics just months away, the World Track Championships will be the final testing ground for athlete performance and bench mark for the summer games.
|Chris Lawless crosses the line in 1st after help from Alex Frame at the New Zealand Cycle Classic|
Great Britain have selected eight riders for the men’s endurance team with Clancy linking up with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Andy Tennant, Jon Dibben and Chris Latham.
Clancy, the three-time Olympic medallist has been out with a back injury but is likely to race the Scratch race in London next month. The exact five-man pursuit team for London has yet to be confirmed, with the coaching staff keen to asses the riders during the final three weeks of training.
New Zealand team coaches said team selection was extremely difficult this year, “Our ultimate goal is to have the fastest riders selected to compete in Rio in August,” said Cycling New Zealand High Performance Director, Mark Elliott.
The men’s endurance squad is the world champion quartet of Piet Bulling, Alex Frame, Dylan Kennett and Marc Ryan. Powerful rider, Alex Frame joined the JLT Condor squad for the 2016 season and has already helped produce the team’s first win of the season at the New Zealand Cycle Classic where he also wore yellow for two stages.
JLT Condor Team Manager, John Herety commented “We are delighted two riders have been selected and both are strong contenders. We want everyone to get behind the Ed and Alex and show their support.“Both Great Britain and New Zealand squads are likely to be strong contenders for the coveted rainbow jersey in the Team Pursuit.
“We will be going to London to perform well. With qualification for all Olympic qualification spots on target, the world championships also give us the opportunity to try some new people and new combinations as we look towards Rio and beyond.” explained Frame.
Wednesday 2nd March – Team Pursuit Qualification – 1.30pm
Scratch Race (15km) – 7pm
Thursday 3rd March – Team Pursuit Round 1 – 5pm
Team Pursuit Final – 21.15pm
A limited number of tickets are still available for the Track World Champions A limited number of tickets are still available via Ticketmaster or www.trackcyclingworlds2016.london.
There is live coverage on BBC, online on BBC iPlayer, Eurosport and Eurosport Player.
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