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
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
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