Pendleton and Hoy head Britain’s Worlds squad

British Cycling has announced a 23-rider Great Britain team, including reserves, for the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which are to be held in Manchester from March 26-20.

In 2007, the British team won an unprecedented seven gold medals at the World Championships, with the SJA’s Sportswoman of the Year, Victoria Pendleton, taking three (Sprint, Keirin & Team Sprint) and Chris Hoy (Keirin & Kilo) and Bradley Wiggins (Team Pursuit & Individual Pursuit) two apiece. These three riders are at the heart of a team which features a number of riders under the age of 20.

Dave Brailsford, Performance Director, said: “This team is an exciting mix of experienced world champions and talented young riders who are breaking through. It will be a special championships for everyone in the team: not only is it the last major event before the Beijing Olympics; it is also taking place on our home track in Manchester, where we will be able to count great crowd support.”

This will be the third time in 12 years that the Championships have been held at the recently re-laid Manchester Velodrome.

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