Hoy, Pendleton, Thomas lead British medal challenge

2009 british cycling track championships, track champs, manchester velodrome, chris hoy, lizzie armitstead, geraint thomas, ben swift, andy tennant, paul manning

Last year, Great Britain swept all before them at the Manchester World Cup, winning all but three of the gold medals on offer, as the velodrome bathed in the glow of post-Olympic glory.

Many of the opposition nations did not send full-strength teams, which allowed the British riders to dominate.

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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.