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GB name Hoy, Pendleton and Clancy in World Track squad

World Track Championships
Venue: Apeldoorn, Netherlands Dates: 23-27 March
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Sir Chirs Hoy

Hoy won the keirin at last month's Manchester World Cup event (UK users only)

Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Ed Clancy will aim to defend their crowns as part of the British squad for the World Track Championships.

As expected, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas will miss the event in Apeldoorn, Netherlands from 23 March.

Sarah Storey is not part of the squad despite helping set a world team pursuit record in Manchester recently.

And Pendleton will be joined by either Becky James or Jess Varnish in the team sprint as Shanaze Reade misses out.

Olympic individual pursuit champion Rebecca Romero, who missed last month's Manchester World Cup event through injury, has again been passed over for the women's team pursuit.

The pressure is really on the Australians and the French to deliver, and it's a nice feeling for us to be going out there as the challengers

Dave Brailsford
British Cycling performance director

Meanwhile, highly-rated 18-year-olds Sam Harrison and Laura Trott join Dani King, 20, in the squad and all three could make their senior World Championships debuts.

Hoy, Pendleton and Clancy will be poised to defend their world Keirin and sprint and omnium titles, respectively.

But Pendleton will not be joined in the team sprint by BMX star Reade, who she previously won world titles with in 2007 and 2008.

The pair competed together at the World Cup in Manchester in February but failed to qualify for the medal race, while James and Varnish impressed, finishing in fourth.

Olympic gold medallists Wiggins and Thomas returned to the track for the World Cup and helped GB take gold in the team pursuit - along with Clancy and Steven Burke.

But the duo have returned to road cycling with Team Sky and are not expected to head back into the velodrome until winter, when they will begin to focus more keenly on London 2012.

Storey, a Paralympic champion in cycling and swimming, won team pursuit gold at last month's World Cup with Joanna Rowsell and Wendy Houvenaghel and won two titles at last weekend's Para-cycling Track World Championships, but she will not travel to the Netherlands.

British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford said: "These World Championships are a further stepping stone towards the Olympic Games in London, and whilst the team is building momentum there's still plenty left in the tank.

"There's a great mood in the camp and the riders are very much enjoying the process of competing.

"For us it's a real positive to be going into the World Championships as the hunters rather than the hunted.

"The pressure is really on the Australians and the French to deliver, and it's a nice feeling for us to be going out there as the challengers."

GB squad:

Men's sprint: Matt Crampton, Ross Edgar, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny

Men's endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Sam Harrison, Pete Kennaugh, Andy Tennant

Women's sprint: Becky James, Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish

Women's endurance: Lizzie Armitstead, Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott

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