Team sprint: Everything you need to know about the track discipline at the Tokyo 2020 Games

The event, which sees two teams go head-to-head, is always a thrilling spectacle during the Olympics

China in the team sprint at the Tokyo Olympics
(Image credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team sprint returns to the Olympics for the Tokyo 2020 Games - here is everything you need to know about the discipline. 

First introduced to the Olympics for the men in 2000 and then for the women in 2012, the event sees two teams of two or three riders go head-to-head, with each rider having a specific role to play within the race.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.