Queally set for Euro team sprint


Jason Kenny (left), Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Queally (right)

Queally (right) retired after being left out of squad for Beijing in 2008

Former Olympic champion Jason Queally is to compete in the team sprint at the European Championships in the Netherlands later this month, aged 41.

Queally secured the British title in a team with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny in Manchester a fortnight ago.

He switched earlier this year from the team pursuit, in which he won the European title last November.

Great Britain manager Shane Sutton said: “Our aim remains to score Olympic qualification points early.”

He added: “I’d say we are on target to achieve this as the whole team is looking strong and healthy as we enter into the final preparation stages for London 2012.”

GB TEAM FOR EUROPEANS

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  • Men’s sprint: Matt Crampton, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Jason Queally
  • Women’s sprint: Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish
  • Men’s endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andy Tennant, Geraint Thomas
  • Women’s endurance: Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey, Laura Trott

The European Championships take place in Apeldoorn from 21-23 October.

Queally won the Olympic 1km time trial in Sydney in 2000, but retired after being left out of the squad for Beijing.

Having revealed his intention to compete in the 2012 Paralympics as a tandem pilot, Queally was asked to rejoin the able-bodied squad and won the European team pursuit – a longer, endurance event – last year.

However, his display in the team sprint could install him as the final part of the jigsaw the defending team sprint Olympic champions have been missing since Jamie Staff’s retirement because of injury last year.

Geraint Thomas is likely to take part in the team pursuit, having said last month that he is set to miss the 2012 Tour de France in order to concentrate on defending that pursuit title on the track at the Olympics.

And Paralympian Sarah Storey has been named in the women’s endurance squad, which could see her take part in the team pursuit.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/15336566.stm

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