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British Cycling names team for Mexico round of Track World Cup

Scot Katie Archibald, who won 2 medals in London, steps up to GB squad

British Cycling has announced a strong squad for the second round of the 2013/14 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, which takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico from 5 to 7 December – including seven riders who won Olympic gold in London last year.

Great Britain topped the medal table at the end of the opening round in Manchester earlier this month, taking eight in total, four of them gold, and lead the points standings.

One standout performer at Manchester – Katie Archibald, who took two medals riding for Scotland’s Braveheart team – steps up to the Great Britain side for Mexico.

She took silver in the scratch race and bronze in the individual pursuit, and joins four other women in the endurance squad – Elinor Barker, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott, who set a new world record in the team pursuit in London.

That meet also saw Rowsell win the individual pursuit and Trott the Omnium, while the men’s team pursuit squad – like their female counterparts, the reigning Olympic champions – also took World Cup gold.

British Cycling performance manager Shane Sutton commented: “The World Cup in Manchester has given us a steady start to the season – we got some good results there and it also highlighted some aspects the team needs to work on.

“We’re keen to build on that in the next round and earn as many qualifying points for the World Championships as we can so we’re sending a strong squad over to Mexico for the next round.”

Here’s the Great Britain squad that will compete in Mexico next month:

Men’s Sprint
Matt Crampton
Kian Emadi
Jason Kenny
Phil Hindes

Women’s Sprint
Becky James
Jess Varnish

Men’s Endurance
Steven Burke
Ed Clancy
Jon Dibben
Owain Doull
Sam Harrison

Women’s Endurance
Katie Archibald
Elinor Barker
Dani King
Joanna Rowsell
Laura Trott

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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