500M TIME TRIAL

Last year

Gold
Anna Meares (Australia)

Silver Lisandra Guerra (Cuba)

Bronze Natalia Tsylinskaya (Belarus)

The Brits Shanaze Reade (4th), Anna Blyth (8th)

The British challenge

Shanaze Reade

Anna Blyth

The Inside Line

It looks like Victoria Pendleton?s bid for four gold medals ? to top last year?s three ? is off, as she is not likely to ride the 500-metre time trial. Because the Olympic Games in August is the number one goal of the year, she?s not quite at the same peak as she was this time last year, so she?ll leave the time trial to Reade and Blyth. Otherwise it would mean racing five days out of five.

Verdict

It?ll be fascinating to see how far Reade has come on, although it?s worth bearing in mind Olympic BMX remains her immediate goal. A place in the top five for one of the Brits would be an excellent result. Anywhere in the top ten would be reasonable.

Britain?s chance of gold ?

Anna Blyth

INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT

Last year

Gold
Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)

Silver Robert Bartko (Germany)

Bronze Sergi Escobar (Spain)

Other Brits Rob Hayles (7th in qualifying)

The British challenge

Bradley Wiggins

Rob Hayles

The Inside Line

Wiggins is the defending champion and despite suffering from illness at the Tour of California, it?s thought his form is plenty good enough to retain his rainbow jersey. Rob Hayles has also been entered in the individual pursuit and he?ll keep testing right up to the week of the event and will compete if his times are on the mark.

Verdict

Wiggins is as hot a favourite as there?ll be all week

Britain?s chance of gold ?????

Bradley Wiggins

SCRATCH RACE

Last year

Gold
Wong Kam Po (Hong Kong, China)

Silver Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)

Bronze Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)

The Brits Jonny Bellis (14th in the final)

The British challenge

Steven Burke

The Inside Line

The 20-year-old from Burnley is the revelation of the season so far, slotting into the team pursuit squad to win gold at the Copenhagen World Cup last month. He?s an option for the team pursuit in Manchester but will be Britain?s rider in the scratch race.

Verdict

You never know what could happen. Burke has the engine and his best bet would appear to be to try to take a lap, or get in a break, rather than wait for the sprint finish

Britain?s chance of gold ?

TEAM SPRINT

Last year

Gold
France (Bauge, Bourgain, Tournant)

Silver Great Britain (Edgar, Hoy, MacLean)

Bronze Germany (Forstemann, Levy, Nimke)

The British challenge

Jamie Staff, Ross Edgar, Chris Hoy

The Inside Line

A fierce battle for selection between the sprinters finally saw Craig MacLean and Jason Queally withdraw. In the end, the stopwatch decided and, all being well, Jamie Staff will be man one, followed by Ross Edgar, with Chris Hoy finishing off the job.

Verdict

The French will be the team to beat. If everything drops into place for the Brits and the French are a fraction off, gold could be achievable

Britain?s chance of gold ???

Team sprinters unite: Jamie Staff with Shanaze Reade

DAY-BY-DAY PREVIEW

Every event, listed according to when the final takes place, every British rider, last year’s champions and the inside track on how the home riders are shaping up.

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Thursday

Team pursuiters hot favourites, Romero bids to improve on silver, Pendleton and Reade defend their title

Day 2 preview

Friday

Cavendish battles in the points race, women’s team pursuiters make their international debut, Hoy goes for sprint glory

Day 3 preview

Saturday

Can Brits surf the wave of Madison mayhem? Hoy hits the Keirin, will Pendleton reach sprint final?

Day 4 preview

Sunday

Burke goes in the Omnium, Crampton in the kilo, Armitstead in the scratch race as Brits blood youngsters

Day 5 preview