Burke and Archibald healdine GB squad for Glasgow World Cup

Burke and Archibald healdine GB squad for Glasgow World Cup
By Sportsbeat

Olympic team pursuit champions Steven Burke and Katie Archibald headline the Great Britain Cycling Team heading to Glasgow for next month's UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

With the majority of the all-conquering Olympic team taking a breather after four years of graft leading up to Rio 2016, the 17-strong team has a youthful feel to it.

The team is made up of men's and women's endurance squads, as well as a men's sprint team and a second female endurance squad, named Team Breeze.

Andy Tennant, 2012 world champion and six-time European champion, is the only other senior rider heading to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, from November 4-6, with head coach Iain Dyer wanting consistency between the European Championships team and the squad for Glasgow.

"With the European Track Championships due to take place in Paris next weekend, we move on from there to round one of the world cup series with a fairly similar line-up," he said.

"It's predominantly a development team, with the exception of Katie, Steve and Andy Tennant, which is to be expected at this stage of the Olympic cycle.

"These young riders have been presented with a great opportunity to step up and compete at world cup level and, thanks to Team Breeze, we are able to enter an extra four female senior academy riders into this event.

"The Great Britain Cycling Team's track squad is fortunate to be able to compete at major events on home soil on a fairly regular basis and it's something which we're all very grateful for.

"It is always an enjoyable experience and I know this team of young riders are looking forward to racing with the support of a home crowd behind them."

Burke and Tennant will be joined by Kian Emadi, Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood, while Jack Carlin, Joe Truman and Ryan Owens make up the sprint squad.

In the women's team Emily Kay, Danni Khan, Manon Lloyd and Emily Nelson will join Katie Archibald, while Megan Barker – younger sister of Olympic champion Elinor – will race alongside Abbie Dentus, Ellie Dickinson and Rebecca Raybould for Team Breeze.

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