TEAM PURSUIT

Last year
Gold
Great Britain (Clancy, Thomas, Manning, Wiggins)
Silver Ukraine (Polatayko, Polischyuk, Popkov, Schedov)
Bronze Denmark (Jorgensen, Madsen, Morkov, Rasmussen)

The British challenge
Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Paul Manning, Bradley Wiggins, Steve Cummings, Steven Burke

The Inside Line
With the individual pursuit final taking place on Wednesday evening and the team pursuit qualifying the following morning, Wiggins will be rested unless he is on absolutely flying form. So, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Paul Manning will fill three of the places in qualifying. The final spot will go to either Steve Cummings or Steven Burke, with testing continuing right up to the championships. At the time of going to press, there?s nothing between them. All being well, the quartet for the final will be Clancy, Thomas, Manning and Wiggins.
Verdict
Britain are the team to beat. The usual suspects ? Australia ? have been lacklustre this track season. Denmark have stepped up significantly too. But, barring disaster, gold should be in the bag
Britain?s chance of gold ?????

Champions in 2007: Manning, Wiggins, Thomas, Clancy

INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT

Last year
Gold
Sarah Hammer (USA)
Silver Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)
Bronze Katie Mactier (Australia)
Other Brits Wendy Houvenaghel (4th)

The British challenge
Rebecca Romero
Wendy Houvenaghel

The Inside Line
With two places in the individual pursuit there?s no surprise that Romero and Houvenaghel take them. Of the two, the former rower?s form has been better this season.
Verdict
Romero took silver in Majorca last year at her first World Championships. Her improvement has continued when she won the pursuit at the World Cup in Copenhagen last month.
Britain?s chance of gold ???

Silver for Romero in Majorca

TEAM SPRINT

Last year
Gold
Great Britain (Reade, Pendleton)
Silver Netherlands (Hijgenaar, Kanis)
Bronze Australia (Bayley, A Meares)

The British challenge
Shanaze Reade & Victoria Pendleton

The Inside Line
Defending champions Reade and Pendleton will look to repeat last year?s victory in Majorca, when the women?s team sprint was making its debut at the World Championships.
Verdict
The Dutch and Australians will be the closest challengers but the Brits are the ones to beat. They paired up for the first time in almost at year at Copenhagen and won.
Britain?s chance of gold ????

Pendleton and Reade go for gold ? and get it

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

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

Saturday
Can Brits surf the wave of Madison mayhem? Hoy hits the Keirin, will Pendleton reach sprint final?
Day 4 preview

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