GB sprinters look to light up London at TISSOT UCI Track World Cup
Jason Kenny, Great Britain’s joint-most successful Olympian, is set to grace London’s Lee Valley VeloPark and guide Britain’s sprint team to even more TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup glory.
The 30-year-old, six times an Olympic champion, headlines an impressive cast of British sprinters set to dazzle on the London 2012 track later this weekend.
Kenny and his fellow speedster have delivered a stunning sequence of medals so far this season – clinching medals in Milton and Berlin, as well as a host of impressive finishes in Saint Quentin.
Here’s is what you can expect from an all-star cast of Britain’s best and brightest sprinters.
Few athletes have filled the world stage over the last ten years quite like Jason Kenny.
Britain’s sprint king boasts a rousing record of seven Olympic medals, three UCI Track Cycling World Championship victories, a European crown and double Commonwealth silvers.
And the 30-year-old Boltonian isn’t planning on relinquishing his crown just yet, scooping gold and silver at his first two TISSOT UCI Track World Cup appearances of the season.
First Kenny conquered Berlin, pipping home favourite Hugo Barrette to top spot with a sterling 10.335 secs race, before a sterling silver alongside Ryan Owens and Phil Hindes in team sprint.
But knowing Kenny, stopping short of gold will only serve as further determination to turn the tables and light up the Lee Valley VeloPark.
Great Britain’s men’s sprinters have already tasted medal success at the World Cup this season, but aren’t finished yet.
Ryan Owens, Phil Hindes and Kenny were squeezed out of a spot in the final in Milton but showed their class to outlast New Zealand and secure a stunning bronze.
The trio’s effort would have been enough to secure silver – finishing 0.18 seconds faster than Beat Cycling Club’s time.
Earlier in the season in Saint Quentin, the bevy of young riders Ryan Owens, Joe Truman and Jack Carlin almost captured a stunning bronze themselves but were pipped by Russia.
Meanwhile, Carlin has shown early-season promise in the individual stakes and secured an impressive fourth place at the opener in Saint Quentin in the men’s Keirin.
The 21-year-old Commonwealth silver medallist is set to push his compatriots all the way as part of the intriguing line up established by Team Inspired.
The British boys will bid to top the rostrum with home advantage as Hindes, Kenny, Owens and Truman get set to do battle once more.
Lauren Bate and Katy Marchant have been named as the women’s sprint duo set to race at the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup in London this weekend.
The young pair have tasted major success already this campaign by racing to bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
19-year-old Bate has shown plenty of promise in the 2018 World Cup series, while Marchant, a Rio 2016 bronze medallist, has stepped up to the Keirin throne.
But it’s been in team sprint the pair have achieved their best returns this campaign, narrowly missing out on a spot in the last four in Berlin.
The duo have given glimpses of their potential at the Track World Cup – with London the perfect place for them to break onto the podium for the first time.