Track Cycling World Cup: GB sprinters look for Mexico boost

Britain's track cycling sprinters will try to match the performances of their endurance counterparts at round two of the World Cup in Mexico.

A 16-strong squad will represent Britain in Aguascalientes from Thursday as part of the build-up to the 2014 World Championships in February.

Britain won gold in both the women's and men's team pursuit in the opening round in Manchester last month.

Great Britain team

  • Endurance (women): Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Dani King, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald
  • Endurance (men): Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison
  • Sprint (women): Becky James, Jess Varnish
  • Sprint (men): Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Kian Emadi, Matt Crampton

Becky James won sprint bronze, but Jason Kenny went out in qualifying.

The British squad topped the standings in Manchester with eight medals, four of them gold, but will face the added challenge of competing at an altitude of 1,870 metres in Aguascalientes.

Kenny, the Olympic champion, will hope for a major improvement in the individual sprint, as well as lining up alongside a combination of Philip Hindes, Kian Emadi and Matt Crampton in the team sprint.

"Although the World Cup rounds are really important for qualifying, we are still very much training through them a little bit," Crampton told British Cycling. 

"We are still a long way from the Worlds and there are still a lot of things to keep improving on."

James, who won the world title last February, beat Olympic champion Anna Meares to take bronze in Manchester and will combine with Jess Varnish in the team sprint.

Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker broke the world record twice in Manchester as Britain's women maintained their dominance of the team pursuit, with 19-year-old Scot Katie Archibald providing another option in Aguascalientes.

Archibald took silver in the scratch race and bronze in the individual pursuit in Manchester while competing for Scotland, and was drafted into the GB squad for Mexico.

Trott wins World Cup gold in omnium

"It's everyone's dream to get in the pursuit team," Archibald told British Cycling. 

"I guess legends get built around the team and its riders but it's in their benefit, because we are working as a team, for everyone to get along and they have just been very welcoming. It's been an ideal transition."

Olympic champion Trott will try to repeat her omnium victory in Manchester, while Rowsell goes for gold in the individual pursuit once again.

Sam Harrison replaces Andy Tennant in the men's pursuit squad, with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull trying to repeat their gold-medal winning performance in Manchester.

The third leg of the World Cup is scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico, in January, before the World Championships take place in Cali, Colombia, in February.