Kenny leads strong GB squad

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Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny leads a near-full-strength Great Britain squad to the opening Track World Cup event of the season in Mexico next month.

Kenny, who missed last week’s European Track Championships in Guadeloupe, returns alongside Phil Hindes in the men’s sprint squad for the Guadalajara event, which takes place from November 8 to 9.

Jess Varnish is in the women’s sprint squad, although Becky James, the 2013 double world champion, is absent as she continues to recover from a knee problem.

The 17-strong team includes 10 recently crowned European champions, including double gold medallists Katie Archibald and Laura Trott.

Sir Bradley Wiggins is not in the squad but is expected to compete in the second World Cup of the season in London in early December ahead of the 2015 Track World Championships in Paris next February.

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton said: “We won eight medals at the European Track Championships in Guadaloupe and our aim is now to build on this and carry the momentum on to the world stage.

“As we’re now in the Olympic qualifying period, we’re keen to start the ball rolling with scoring points early on to relieve the pressure as we get closer to Rio and for that reason we’re fielding what I believe to be a strong team.”

:: Great Britain team for the UCI Track World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico (November 8 to 9):

Men’s sprint: Matt Crampton, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny, Callum Skinner.

Women’s sprint: Danni Khan, Jess Varnish, Vicky Williamson.

Men’s endurance: Steve Burke, Mark Christian, Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Andy Tennant.

Women’s endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott.

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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