Cycling - Clancy switches to sprints at Glasgow World Cup

Britain will field seven Olympic champions at next month's Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow with Ed Clancy switching from the team pursuit to the team sprint as expected.

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Ed Clancy, Olympic Velodrome (Reuters)

Clancy and Steven Burke were two of the British quartet to win gold in the team pursuit at London 2012. However, they will not ride alongside each other in Scotland.

Burke has been chosen for the endurance events alongside debutant Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison, Andy Tennant and Simon Yates, but Clancy will tackle the sprints.

British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton had revealed Clancy would switch after he also won omnium bronze at London 2012.

Clancy joins Olympic champions Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in being chosen for the sprint events. Sir Chris Hoy will be absent from the velodrome that bears his name.

Becky James and Jess Varnish, who attended the opening World Cup in Cali last month, will tackle the women's sprint events with Britain at full strength in the women's endurance events.

The Olympic gold medal-winning team pursuit trio of Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell will all ride in Glasgow.

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford is intrigued to see what will happen in Scotland.

"The period of time immediately after an Olympics is an interesting one for the team as it allows us to try out new line-ups and look at how the younger squad members are developing," he said.

"The men's team pursuit will be interesting for us in that respect, and I'm also looking forward to seeing how Ed gets on in the sprint events.

"Now that the London Olympics are behind us I'm hoping we can carry some of that momentum on into the World Cup and I know the whole team is looking forward to racing again in front of a home crowd on our first step towards Rio."

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