Sir Chris Hoy, London Track World Cup 2012, day four

Philip Hindes was the only surprise in the Great Britian team named for the track world championships in Melbourne this April.

The nineteen-year-old Academy rider will travel to Australia mainly for the experience with a team full of Olympic champions and world record holders, buoyed by their recent performance at the London world cup.

Missing from the list is sprinter Ross Edgar who rode in the man one position in the GB team sprint team that took bronze in London. British Cycling's announcement says Edgar is recovering from an injury, but when interviewed last weekend, Performance Director Dave Brailsford raised question marks over Edgar's future in the team sprint.

"We had a process, we decided we would look where Ross was at. The theory is that Kenny could go faster than Ross has been going here, and if that is the case you've got to build the team sprint from the front," Brailsford said.

Instead the team sprint trio for Melbourne is likely to be Jason Kenny, Sir Chris Hoy and Matt Crampton. The five days of racing should also finally decide who gets the one available Olympic spot for the men's sprint. Sir Chris Hoy has put himself in the lead after winning gold at the recent world cup, leaving current world champion Jason Kenny with work to do.

The rest of the team is made up of the riders who competed last weekend. The world championships are the final chance to score qualifying points for the Olympic games, and earn selection.


Matt Crampton

Philip Hindes

Sir Chris Hoy

Jason Kenny


Victoria Pendleton

Jess Varnish


Steven Burke

Ed Clancy

Pete Kennaugh

Ben Swift

Geraint Thomas


Wendy Houvenaghel

Dani King

Joanna Rowsell

Laura Trott

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London Track World Cup 2012: Coverage index

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Team GB: London 2012 Olympic cyclists profiles

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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