British Cycling keep faith with youth for opening Track World Cup rounds

Elinor Barker and Katy Marchant are the only Olympians in the squad for the second round of the Track World Cup

British Cycling's HQ in Manchester. Photo: Russ Ellis

British Cycling will field youthful squads in the first two rounds of this year's Track World Cup.

The first takes place in Glasgow on November 4-6, before the second round is held in Apeldoorn a week later.

Fresh from winning omnium and individual pursuit gold at the European Track Championships last week, Olympic team pursuit goal medalist Katie Archibald will be racing in Glasgow, alongside two-time men's team pursuit Olympic champion Steven Burke.

But the duo aren't racing the week after in Holland, where only Archibald's team pursuit colleague Elinor Barker and Katie Marchant, the Olympic sprint bronze medalist, are the only senior members.

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Both squads are replete with young talent, with the governing body wanting to give the next generation experience of racing at an elite level.

The men's endurance squad in Glasgow also includes Kian Emadi. The 24-year-old switched from the sprint team to the endurance set-up earlier this year and has impressed since.

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The team sprint trio of Joe Truman, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin took silver in Paris at the Europeans last week, and the triumvirate will once again take to the boards in Glasgow, as well as in Apeldoorn.

Only they and Ollie Wood, Mark Stewart, Emily Kay and Emily Nelson will race both World Cups.

"We saw some very promising results from the developing riders at the UEC European Track Championships at the weekend, and I was pleased to see so many of them on the podium at that level," head coach Iain Dyer told British Cycling.

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