Feb 6 2013
Ed Clancy has returned to the team pursuit in the Great Britain squad for the Track Cycling World Championships.
Yorkshireman Clancy rode in the three-man, three-lap team sprint at last November's Track World Cup in Glasgow, but has now reverted to the four-man, four-kilometre event in which he is twice an Olympic champion for the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, which take place from February 20 to 24.
Olympic team sprint champions Phil Hindes and Jason Kenny are joined in the sprint group by Kian Emadi or Matt Crampton, with one of the pair taking the third-man position in the team sprint.
Sir Chris Hoy was third man at London 2012, but is taking a break this season as he contemplates his future.
The team is as expected, although Jess Varnish misses out in the women's sprint group due to a back injury and is replaced by Vicky Williamson, who will team up with Becky James in a new-look women's team sprint line-up.
Clancy is joined in the men's endurance group by fellow Olympic champion Steven Burke, who missed the Glasgow Track World Cup competition, as well as 2012 world team pursuit champion Andy Tennant, Sam Harrison, who won world team pursuit bronze in 2011, and World Championship debutants Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Simon Yates.
The returns of Clancy and Burke will improve chances in the team pursuit; in Glasgow the young team crashed out of qualifying.
In all there are five riders making their debut at a senior World Championships, with Elinor Barker the fifth. She will line-up with Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King in the women's team pursuit, having won gold at the event in Glasgow. Joanna Rowsell, who won the event at London 2012, is focusing on the road this year.
There are six Olympic champions in the squad: triple Olympic champion Kenny, double Olympic champions Clancy and Trott, Hindes, Burke and King.
British Cycling performance director Sir Dave Brailsford said: "The first year of an Olympic cycle is always an interesting one as it gives the opportunity for our young riders to compete alongside the world's best and experience the competitive environment which is crucial for their development. With that in mind, the focus for the team is to perform to the best of their ability as the route to Rio firmly begins."