The Great Britain team at the upcoming junior world track championships in Moscow will consist of just three riders. Sprinters John Paul, Matthew Rotherham and Victoria Williamson will compete between August 17 – 21.



With the logistical difficulties of travelling to Russia the British squad instead decided to focus on the European championships in Sangalhos, Portugal in July, where they won 24 medals across the under-23 and junior competitions.



British Cycling’s Performance Manager Shane Sutton said: “We’ve decided to send a small squad of sprinters out to the Junior World Champs in Moscow this year, having gone to the Euros with a full-strength squad. The youngsters came back from the Euros with some fantastic results.”



The junior sprinters will race at the worlds as it is their last opportunity to experience serious international competition this year whereas the endurance riders still have a packed schedule. The Nations Cup is still running while the junior road worlds will command greater interest this year as it takes place in Copenhagen in late September alongside the senior worlds.



Just a week or so before that the junior riders will compete in the Youth Commonwealth Games on the Isle of Man, an event that the Antipodean teams will ride ahead of the world championships.



GB Medal tally from European championships


Under 23

Gold – Jess Varnish, 500m time trial

Gold – Laura Trott, Scratch

Gold – Laura Trott, Individual Pursuit

Gold – Women’s Team Sprint

Gold – Women’s Team Pursuit



Silver – Dani King, Omnium

Silver – Becky James, 500m time trial

Silver – Luke Rowe, Scratch

Silver – Katie Colclough, Points race

Silver – Men’s Team Pursuit

Silver – Men’s Team Sprint



Bronze – Owain Doull, Omnium

Bronze – Jess Varnish, Sprint

Bronze – Callum Skinner, Sprint

Bronze – Jon Mould, Points race



Junior

Gold – John Paul, Sprint

Gold – John Paul, Keirin

Gold – John Dibben, Individual Pursuit

Gold – Men’s team pursuit





Silver – Women’s Team Sprint

Silver – Victoria Williamson, 500m time trial

Silver – Victoria Williamson, Sprint

Silver – Owain Doull, Individual Pursuit

Silver – Elinor Barker, Individual Pursuit



Bronze – Sam Lowe, Scratch

Bronze – Josh Papworth, Points race



Aug 5: List ammended to include gold junior men’s team pursuit and bronze for Josh Papworth