Cyclists nominated for Sunday Times sportswomen award
World champion team pursuiters Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King and Laura Trott; junior road race world champion Lucy Garner; and multi-road and track champion Sarah Storey have all made it onto the shortlists for the 2011 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards.
Houvenaghel, King and Trott are on the shortlist for the Team of the Year award in the 24th running of the annual accolade after winning the women's team pursuit at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland.
Garner has been shortlisted for the Young Sportswoman of the Year category after her dominant performance in the 2011 junior road race world championship in Copenhagen.
Storey is shortlisted for the Disable Sportswoman of the Year award after a career that has seen her win many national, world and Paralympic titles on the road and track, and more recently national and World Cup gold medals in the team pursuit.
Houvenaghel, Trott and Storey combined forces in the Colombian round of the UCI Track World Cup on Thursday to win gold. Houvenaghel went on to claim silver in the individual pursuit, and Trott scored bronze in the omnium discipline.
Track sprinter Victoria Pendleton became the first cyclist to win the Sunday Times award in 2007.
Garner is also on the shortlist for the BBC's 2011 Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King win the UCI World Championship team pursuit
Lucy Garner wins the junior women's road race world championship
Sarah Storey celebrates after clinching gold in the women's team pursuit at the Track World Cup in February