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: â€œThis 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.â€
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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