Great Britain’s Ed Clancy makes the switch from endurance to sprint disciplines at the Glasgow round of the UCI Track World Cup over November 16-18.
Clancy scored gold in the team pursuit and bronze in the omnium at the London 2012 Olympic Games in August. During the omnium, he once again showed his sprint credentials by winning the kilometre time trial round of the event with a time of 1:00.981, which was just two tenths of a second short of Sir Chris Hoy’s 2004 Olympic record.
Clancy was in action during Saturday’s Revolution track meeting in Manchester, where he won the flying lap event ahead of Paralympian Jody Cundy.
Clancy will ride the World Cup alongside 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning team sprinters Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny. Clancy effectively takes the place of Hoy, who retired after the 2012 Olympics – although he won’t rule out a return for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The men’s sprint trio are among seven Olympic gold medallists selected for the British team in Glasgow – the first top-level competitive event to be run at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome.
Becky James and Jess Varnish return to the World Cup after winning team sprint gold in the opening round in Cali, Colombia earlier in October.
The all-conquering women’s team pursuit trio of Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott also make their return to the boards.
A youthful men’s endurance line-up sees team pursuit regulars Steven Burke and Andy Tennant joined by World Cup debutant Job Dibben.
“The period of time immediately after an Olympics is an interesting one for the team as it allows us to try out new line-ups and look at how the younger squad members are developing,” said British performance director David Brailsford.
“The men’s team pursuit will be interesting for us in that respect, and I’m also looking forward to seeing how Ed gets on in the sprint events.
“Now that the London Olympics are behind us I’m hoping we can carry some of that momentum on into the World Cup and I know the whole team is looking forward to racing again in front of a home-crowd on our first step towards Rio [2016 Olympic Games].”
After the Glasgow event there is just one round of the 2012-13 UCI Track World Cup remaining, which will take place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, over January 17-19 2013.
Team GB: World Cup, Glasgow, November 16-18 2012
Joe Kelly (reserve)