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Archibald & Kennys in GB Track World Cup squad

Elinor Barker, Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald and Neah Evans won Team Pursuit gold at the European Championships

Left to right: Neah Evans, Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald won team pursuit gold at the European Championships in August

Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Lauren Bate and Katy Marchant have been named in Great Britain’s squad for the opening 2018-19 UCI Track World Cup event, which starts in Paris on Friday.

Three-time Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Ed Clancy is also among those in the 14-strong team.

Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Laura Kenny and Jason Kenny come into the squad for the second event in Canada.

The six-stage series offers the chance to win Olympic qualifying points.

British team boss Stephen Park said four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny forms part of an “embarrassment of riches” in the women’s squad, adding such a deep talent pool will “serve us well not just for 2020 but also for Paris in 2024″.

Round four of the six World Cup events will take place in London from 14-16 December.

Great Britain team for Track World Cup, Paris, France, 19-21 October

Women’s sprint: Lauren Bate, Katy Marchant

Men’s sprint: Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens, Joe Truman

Women’s endurance: Megan Barker, Neah Evans, Emily Kay, Rebecca Raybould

Men’s endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Mark Stewart, Oliver Wood

GB team for Track World Cup, Milton, Canada, 26-28 October

Women’s sprint: Lauren Bate, Katy Marchant

Men’s sprint: Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny, Ryan Owens

Women’s endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ellie Dickinson, Laura Kenny

Men’s endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Mark Stewart, Oliver Wood

Full UCI Track World Cup calendar

  • Paris, France, 19-21 October
  • Milton, Canada, 26-28 October
  • Berlin, Germany, 30 November-2 December
  • London, 14-16 December
  • Cambridge, New Zealand, 18-20 January
  • Hong Kong, 25-27 January

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45873957

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Cycling: Luke Rowe signs Team Sky contract extension until 2021

Luke Rowe in action at the Deutschland Tour 2018

Team Sky say Luke Rowe will continue to focus on the Classics in 2019

Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe has signed a contract extension to keep him at Team Sky until 2021.

Rowe turned professional with the team in 2012 and Team Sky say his efforts were “pivotal” to compatriot Geraint Thomas’ 2018 Tour de France triumph.

He had recovered from a broken leg suffered while whitewater rafting on his brother’s stag party.

“The team backed me straight away after my injury, whereas some teams would have turned their back,” said Rowe.

“They helped me tackle the injury head on and looked after me every step of the way. If I’d have been out of contract one year earlier I’d have been in a mess.”

The 28-year-old, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, added: “I’ve been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here.

“It’s been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45823170

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