British Cycling announces list of funded riders ahead of Rio 2016
King, Trott and Rowsell gold, London 2012 Olympic Games, track day three
British Cycling has confirmed the list of riders who will receive support and funding during 2013, ultimately heading towards the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.
Full lists of riders who will be part of BC's Olympic Podium Programme (OPP), Olympic Academy Programme (OAP) and Olympic Development Programme (ODP) have been detailed.
The top-tier OPP contains those athletes already performing at the highest level in international competition, whilst the OAP and ODP are designed to give riders experience and coaching so that they can progress to the OPP.
All Olympic and Paralympic cycling disciplines are part of the programme, including track, road, time trial, BMX and mountain bike.
Such is Britain's current strength in international cycling, the list includes Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d'Italia stage winners, world champions and world cup champions as well as Olympic and Paralympic champions... and a certain Tour de France winner.
"We continue with a strong squad of podium riders, all of whom we believe have medal potential for 2016," said BC performance director David Brailsford.
"It's exciting to see Becky James progress on to the final stage of the performance pathway and fill the big gap that Victoria Pendleton left when she retired. Professional road riders Josh Edmondson, Lucy Martin and Katie Colclough are also included on the 2013 Olympic Podium Programme."
The women's endurance academy returns with junior road race world champion Lucy
Garner joined by Amy Roberts as they progress from the ODP.
"These girls are all signed with road teams, but show exceptional talent on the track with Elinor Barker already stepping up and winning a gold medal in the team pursuit at the world championships in Minsk which puts her straight onto podium level funding, so it's great that they can continue their development on the British Cycling pathways," said Brailsford.
"Overall, I think we're in a good place on the pathway to Rio," concluded Brailsford.
British cyclists won 12 medals in the London 2012 Olympic Games and 14 in the 2008 Games in Beijing - both included eight gold medals. On both occasions, Britain topped the medal table for cycling events.
Olympic Podium Programme
Sir Bradley Wiggins
Jon Allan Butterworth
Dame Sarah Storey
Olympic Academy Programme
Olympic Development Programme
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Dylan Kerfoot Robson
Jaco Van Gass
London 2012 cycling events medal table