Great Britain will not field any competitors in the individual pursuit at this week's track world championships in Poland.
An inside source at Team GB told us that the squad will instead concentrate on giving the young team pursuiters a chance to ride without having to also contend the individual title.
Britain's team pursuit squad will be made up of Steven Burke, Johnny Bellis, Peter Kennaugh and Ed Clancy. Clancy is the only member of the quartet to come from Britain's gold-medal winning Olympic team, and the only rider who was part of last year's victorious world championship team pursuit line-up.
The four British team pursuiters will have to fight hard to topple the more experienced quartet from New Zealand, who must now rank as favourites for the event.
Bradley Wiggins is the current world champion for the individual pursuit, but he elected not to travel to Poland to defend his title - instead opting to concentrate on his 2009 road race targets. Our tip for the individual win is 19-year-old American sensation Taylor Phinney, who won the discipline at the last round of the World Cup in Copenhagen in addition to winning the kilometre time trial.
The 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships takes place from Wednesday March 25 to Sunday March 29 in Pruszkow, Poland. For full details, including a schedule of events, see our comprehensive 2009 track worlds preview.
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