After dominating the Manchester round of the World Cup, only three British riders have travelled to Melbourne for the second event this weekend (November 20-22).
Lizzie Armitstead, who won three golds in Manchester earlier this month in the team pursuit, scratch race and points race, will take part in the same events in Melbourne.
The 19-year-old from Yorkshire will be joined in the team pursuit by Joanna Rowsell and Katie Colclough.
Rowsell, will aim to build on her bronze medal she won in the individual pursuit in Manchester. Colclough will also ride the scratch and points races.
The team is so small for the Melbourne round because many of the riders who have ridden the World Championships and Olympic Games are due a rest. However, the team want to secure places at the World Championships in the women's endurance races and need to score points wherever they can to do so.
Melbourne World Cup (November 20-22)
Joanna Rowsell (individual pursuit, team pursuit)
Lizzie Armitstead (team pursuit, points race, scratch race)
Katie Colclough (team pursuit, points race, scratch race)
ON TO COLUMBIA IN DECEMBER
Next month the World Cup moves to Colombia with the Cali round (December 11-13). The British team will be small there too, with Armitstead and Colclough set to be joined by Alex Greenfield and Lucy Martin. Again they will concentrate on the endurance events.
As it stands Rob Hayles and Peter Kennaugh will make up a team of six British riders in Cali, although the team has yet to be confirmed. Hayles and Kennaugh will ride the points race, the scratch race and the Madison.
A slightly bigger team will go to the Beijing World Cup in January, with some young sprinters likely to travel, before a full-strength British squad attempts to seal all the World Championship places at the final World Cup in Copenhagen in February. That is likely to be Chris Hoy's next major appearance too.
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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.
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