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Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish selected for Track World Championships

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will reunite in the Madison event at the Track World Championships in London.

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Jordan Gibbons
16 Feb 2016

British Cycling has announced the squad for the Track World Championships (2-4 March) being held at the Lee Valley velodrome, London, and it includes both Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins. The pair will be reunited in the Madison race, which is no longer an Olympic event.

Mark Cavendish will also be racing the Omnium event, in the hope that he will be selected for the only GB place in the event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Cavendish will have tough competition for the place from other hopefuls, such as Ed Clancy or Jon Dibben, although as the only member of the 2008 Beijing Olympic squad not to gain a medal, he will be incredibly committed. Cavendish’s selection for the squad also raises other questions, such as how he will balance his Olympic dreams with the desire to gain his (and Dimension Data’s) first yellow jersey at this year’s Tour de France.

Bradley Wiggins on the other hand has retired from road racing at world level to focus entirely on the 2016 Olympics, and has recently piled on the muscle now he no longer has GC commitments.

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‘It’s great to see Ed Clancy and Katie Archibald included on the squad and that’s testament to the hard work of the Performance Support Team who have ably led the rehabilitation of these riders following their respective injuries,’ says Shane Sutton, technical director at British Cycling.

‘Winning is always a key objective for any sports team and we’re sticking to our long-term goal which is success at the Olympic Games in Rio so we’ll be making performance decisions based on this strategy.

‘That said, there’s been a marked increase in momentum within the squad recently and we’ve been seeing some promising numbers in training, so I’m expecting to see some strong performances across the board and spectators will be guaranteed to see some world-class competition.' 

The full selection is: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Steven Burke, Mark Cavendish, Ed Clancy, Matt Crampton, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Philip Hindes, Ciara Horne, Becky James, Jason Kenny, Chris Latham, Katy Marchant, Emily Nelson, Joanna Rowsell, Callum Skinner, Andy Tennant, Laura Trott, Jess Varnish and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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