MADISON

Last year
Gold
Franco Marvulli & Bruno Risi (Switzerland)
Silver Peter Schep & Danny Stam (Netherlands)
Bronze Alois Kankovsky & Petr Lazar (Czech Republic)
The Brits Rob Hayles & Bradley Wiggins (13th)

The British challenge
Mark Cavendish & Bradley Wiggins

The Inside Line
All being well, the A Team of Cavendish and Wiggins will hit the track for the Madison. The primary job is to ensure Olympic qualification is in the bag ? something that should be achieved simply by ensuring they score UCI ranking points. Whether that will dent ambitions of actually going for a medal remains to be seen. With no more competitive opportunities between now and Beijing it?s likely they?ll race for real. If anything happens to either Wiggins or Cavendish, it would appear Geraint Thomas and then Rob Hayles would be the replacements.
Verdict
The Madison can be a lottery on wheels. It?s the least quantifiable event on the track and it requires not only excellent legs but a cool head. A medal would be a great result.
Britain?s chance of gold ?

Cavendish on his way to the national Madison title with Peter Kennaugh. He?ll be reunited with Wiggins in Manchester

KEIRIN

Last year
Gold
Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
Silver Theo Bos (Netherlands)
Bronze Ross Edgar (Great Britain)

The British challenge
Chris Hoy
Ross Edgar
Matt Crampton or Jason Kenny

The Inside Line
With three places on offer ? thanks to Hoy?s status as defending champion ? there?s a chance for one of the younger riders, Crampton or Kenny. At this stage, Crampton is the slight favourite to get the nod.
Verdict
Hoy?s incredible 22-race winning streak in the Keirin came to an end in the international Keirin held at the Copenhagen World Cup, but he will be favourite to retain his world title.
Britain?s chance of gold ????

Hoy will be the big favourite in the Keirin

POINTS RACE

Last year
Gold
Katherine Bates (Australia)
Silver Mie Bekker lLacota (Denmark)
Bronze Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)

The British challenge
Lizzie Armitstead

The Inside Line
The 19-year-old Armitstead is seen as a rider with a promising international career ahead of her and, with Romero concentrating on the individual and team pursuit rather than having a run-out for a possible points race appearance in Beijing, she gets the nod over Kate Cullen, who has not medalled on numerous World Cup appearances in either points race or scratch.
Verdict
A slim chance, on paper, but it will be great exposure to international competition that will stand Armitstead in good stead.
Britain?s chance of gold ?

Manchester represents a big opportunity for Lizzie Armitstead

SPRINT

Last year
Gold
Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)
Silver Shuang Guo (China)
Bronze Anna Meares (Australia)
Other Brits Anna Blyth (10th in qualifying)

The British challenge
Victoria Pendleton
Anna Blyth
Jessica Varnish

The Inside Line
Three places and three generations of British women sprinters. Who would have imagined saying that ten years ago? Pendleton is still only 27, Blyth is 19 and Varnish is 17
Verdict
Pendleton is not quite as strong as she was a year ago in Majorca but she?ll still be in the mix for a medal. The Belarussian Natalia Tsylinskaya has been a thorn in Pendleton?s side in the World Cups and could be her biggest threat.
Britain?s chance of gold ???

Can Pendleton match last year?s three golds?

DAY-BY-DAY PREVIEW

Every event, listed according to when the final takes place, every British rider, last year’s champions and the inside track on how the home riders are shaping up.

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Wednesday
Wiggins goes for gold in the pursuit plus the men’s team sprinters take on the French
Day 1 preview

Thursday
Team pursuiters hot favourites, Romero bids to improve on silver, Pendleton and Reade defend their title
Day 2 preview

Friday
Cavendish battles in the points race, women’s team pursuiters make their international debut, Hoy goes for sprint glory
Day 3 preview

Sunday
Burke goes in the Omnium, Crampton in the kilo, Armitstead in the scratch race as Brits blood youngsters
Day 5 preview