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Beijing medallists line up at the Velodrome, but Rebecca Romero pulls out through injury

British Cycling and Sky have launched a new kit for Sky Track Cycling – formerly Team Sky+HD – that will make its debut at this weekend’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, and the governing body has also revealed which British riders will be racing there, with Rebecca Romero withdrawing through injury.

According to a joint press release, the kit has been “aligned to that of the professional British road cycling team Sky Pro Cycling,” although the accent colour is red, rather than blue, and appears on the arms and shoulders, rather than across the chest – so not an exact copy in a different colourway, then - although like the road kit, the rider’s name and national flag is printed on the side.

It adds that “the prominence given to ‘SkyRide’ on the skinsuits underpins Sky’s commitment to get a million more people cycling by 2013 by inspiring people of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes,” although the pictures supplied, which all show a front view, don't actually reveal where the SkyRide logo actually appears.

Four time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, shown modelling the kit with Shanaze Reade and Victoria Pendelton, said: "It's a really classic design, which is simple and understated, and a lot of work has gone into getting it perfect. We're excited about racing in our new helmets and clothing - it'll be good to come out looking smart and ready to go."

Meanwhile, British Cycling disclosed that Rebecca Romero, winner of Olympic gold in the individual pursuit at Beijing, would miss this weekend’s action as a result of a minor injury, adding that “Rebecca’s focus remains very much on the preparations for the forthcoming UCI Track Cycling World Championships in March and the medical team advised her that competing at this World Cup at this stage in her rehabilitation could jeopardise her chances for selection for the World Championships.”

British Eurosport 2 will show a two-hour highlights programme starting at 8pm on Sunday evening, while BBC will be broadcasting the event live on its website and via the red button. The British riders who will be competing at Manchester, and who will be competing in the colours of either Sky Track Cycling, Great Britain or Team 100% ME, are listed below in the order of the events they appear in.

According to British Cycling, it’s the strongest British field since the country dominated the track programme at Beijing, and many of the country’s Olympic and World Champions feature, although there is also plenty of younger, up-and-coming talent who will be looking to push their more senior team mates for places in the London Olympics.

Friday 18 February

Men’s Sprint
Sir Chris Hoy (Sky Track Cycling)
Jason Kenny (Sky Track Cycling)

Men’s Omnium
Ben Swift (GB)

Women’s Team Pursuit
Wendy Houvenaghel, Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey (GB)
Katie Colclough, Dani King, Laura Trott, Claire Galloway (100%ME)

Men’s Individual Pursuit
Geraint Thomas (GB)

Women’s Team Sprint
Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade (Sky Track Cycling)
Becky James and Jess Varnish (GB)

Saturday 19 February:

Women’s Sprint
Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)
Becky James (GB)
Jess Varnish (GB)

Women’s Omnium
Lizzie Armitstead (GB)

Men’s Keirin
Sir Chris Hoy (Sky Track Cycling)

Women’s Scratch Race
Laura Trott (100%ME)

Men’s Omnium
Ben Swift (GB)

Sunday 20 February:

Men’s Team Sprint
Sir Chris Hoy, Matt Crampton, Ross Edgar, Jason Kenny (Sky Track Cycling)

Women’s Omnium
Lizzie Armitstead (GB)

Women’s Keirin
Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)
Becky James (GB)
Jess Varnish (GB)

Men’s Team Pursuit
Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins (GB)
 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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OldRidgeback [2660 posts] 5 years ago
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Err, why is Shanaze Read wearing a track cycling outfit? Is she adding this to her events?

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vorsprung [282 posts] 5 years ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:

Err, why is Shanaze Read wearing a track cycling outfit? Is she adding this to her events?

I've seen her on the TV doing track events before

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step-hent [723 posts] 5 years ago
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She does both track and BMX. She went back to concentrating on BMX for a while after struggling to keep her form in both disciplines, but is now back in to riding both and is looking to compete (and win) in both at the 2012 games.

I think it's great to see an athlete who can do a number of quite different disciplines - so many cyclists do lots of types of riding, and its nice to see that carried into the competitive arena too.

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Simon_MacMichael [2466 posts] 5 years ago
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Should point out that she's got two rainbow jerseys on the track, team sprint with Vicky P in 2007 and 2008 (and that's one of the new events at London 2012)

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OldRidgeback [2660 posts] 5 years ago
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Aha, suppose the track events will keep her on form for the BMX events!