The cream of international track talent will descend on Pruszkow, Poland, between March 25-29 for the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Great Britain goes into the world championships as the outright favourites in pretty much every discipline.

Having virtually cleaned up at last year’s Worlds in Manchester, and then again at the Olympic Games in Beijing, all eyes will be on Great Britain as the country to beat.

Unfortunately, the GB squad took a serious blow when Chris Hoy was forced to withdraw from the worlds due to injuries sustained during the Copenhagen world cup round – meaning that he’ll be unable to defend his position as sprint and Keirin world champion. Can one of the other Brit sprinters step up to take his place at the top?

British Cycling announced the GB squad selection for the 2009 Track Worlds on Monday, March 16. The full list or riders is below.

Current world champions are automatically guaranteed a place in this year’s event, as are the current track world cup champions. Other places are calculated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) based on each country’s performance at qualifying track events.

You can find a full list of current world, world cup and Olympic champions in our Dummies’ Guide to Track Racing, which also includes information on each of the disciplines.

Cycling Weekly will be covering the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in full: online and in the magazine


GREAT BRITAIN TRACK SQUAD

2009 Track Cycling World Championships, Poland

Men’s sprint
Matt Crampton
David Daniell
Ross Edgar
Jason Kenny
Jamie Staff

Men’s endurance
Jonny Bellis
Steven Burke
Mark Cavendish
Ed Clancy
Peter Kennaugh
Chris Newton

Women’s sprint
Anna Blyth
Victoria Pendleton
Shanaze Reade
Jess Varnish

Women’s endurance
Lizzie Armitstead
Katie Colclough
Wendy Houvenaghel
Joanna Rowsell


2009 TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE: FINALS

Wednesday, March 25
Women’s 500m time trial final
Men’s 40km points race final
Women’s individual pursuit final
Men’s team sprint final

Thursday, March 26
Men’s 15km scratch race final
Women’s team sprint final
Men’s individual pursuit final
Women’s team pursuit final
Men’s Keirin final

Friday, March 27
Men’s kilometre time trial final
Women’s 10km scratch race final
Men’s team pursuit final

Saturday, March 28
Men’s 50km Madison final
Women’s omnium final
Women’s individual sprint final

Sunday, March 29
Women’s Keirin final
Women’s 25km points race final
Men’s omnium final
Men’s individual sprint final


CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS

Sprint
2008 Men’s world champion: Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2008 Women’s world champion: Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

Team sprint
2008 Men’s world champion: France (Gregory Bauge, Kevin Sireau, Arnaud Tournant)
2008 Women’s world champion: Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton, Shanaze Reade)

Keirin
2008 Men’s world champion: Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2008 Women’s world champion: Jennie Reed (USA)

Time trials
2008 Men’s world champion: Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
2008 Women’s world champion: Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)

Individual pursuit
2008 Men’s world champion: Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)
2008 Women’s world champion: Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)

2009 track cycling world championshipsTeam pursuit
2008 Men’s world champions: Great Britain (Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Paul Manning, Bradley Wiggins)
2008 Women’s world champions: Great Britain (Rebecca Romero, Wendy Houvenaghel, Jo Rowsell)

Scratch race
2008 Men’s world champion: Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus)
2008 Women’s world champion: Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)

Madison
2008 Men’s world champion: Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
2008 Women’s world champion: N/A


TV SCHEDULE

British Eurosport
March 25, 18:45-20:45 Live Track Cycling Championships
March 26, 17:15-20:45 Live Track Cycling Championships
March 27, 17:00-20:45 Live Track Cycling Championships
March 28, 14:00-20:30 Live Track Cycling Championships
March 28, 23:00-00:30 Track Cycling Championships (highlights)
March 29, 12:45-17:30 Live Track Cycling Championships
March 30, 19:45-20:45 Track Cycling Championships (highlights)

BBC
Wednesday March 25
1900-2000, BBC Two and Interactive
2320-0000, BBC Two and Interactive

Thursday March 26
1900-2000, BBC Two and Interactive
2320-0000, BBC Two and Interactive

Friday March 27
1900-2000, BBC Two and Interactive
2335-0015, BBC Two and Interactive

Saturday March 28
1915-2030, BBC Two and Interactive

Sunday March 29
1500-1700, BBC Two and Interactive


2009 UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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NEWS AND FEATURES

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2009 World Track Champs GB squad named
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CW’s Dummies’ Guide to Track Racing

GB RIDER PROFILES
Men
Jonathan Bellis
Steven Burke
Mark Cavendish
Ed Clancy
Matt Crampton
David Daniell
Ross Edgar
Jason Kenny
Chris Newton
Jamie Staff
Women
Lizzie Armitstead
Wendy Houvenaghel
Victoria Pendleton
Shanaze Reade
Joanna Rowsell
Jessica Varnish

RECENT RESULTS
International track results last season: 2007-2008
International track results this season: 2008-2009

2008 TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LINKS
Full results from the 2008 track worlds
Report: Sunday, day five>>
Report: Saturday, day four>>
Report: Friday, day three>>
Report: Thursday, day two>>
Report: Wednesday, day one>>

EXTERNAL LINKS
Track Cycling World Championships 2009 official website
Union Cycliste Internationale

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