Tokyo 2020 - Laura and Jason Kenny to lead Team GB on the track, Geraint Thomas heads strong road team
Twenty-six cyclists have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Japan. A star studded line-up including twins Adam and Simon Yates and Lizzie Deignan competing in a stacked road team, Tom Pidcock goes in the mountain bike, and three-time Olympic track gold medallist Ed Clancy is picked for a fourth Games.
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Should he be unable to do that, his wife Laura could surpass him if she continues her 100% winning record at the Olympics, as the four-time gold medallist will take part in the team pursuit, omnium and the madison - which is making its women’s debut at the Games. She will compete in the madison alongside Archibald.
While Kenny leads the men’s sprinters, Rio 2016 bronze medallist Katy Marchant is the only female sprinter named in the squad.
On the road, Thomas will head to Japan on the back of an effort to win the Tour de France for a second time. He will compete in both the time-trial and road race, as will his Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart.
Twins Adam and Simon Yates - opponents on the professional tour - will reunite as a team as part of a very strong road race squad.
Lizzie Deignan, who won Britain’s first medal at London 2012 when she claimed silver in the women’s road race, heads a two-strong team with Anna Shackley, who will also compete in the time trial.
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Exciting multi-discipline cyclist Tom Pidcock appears to have won his fitness race for the Games after recently breaking his collarbone, as he is selected for his first appearance at Olympic level, with Evie Richards picked in the women’s event.
In the BMX supercross, Kye Whyte and Beth Shriever will also make their Olympic debuts, while the freestyle - a new event for Tokyo - will feature Declan Brooks and world bronze medallist Charlotte Worthington - who just four years ago was working as a chef in a Mexican restaurant.
British Cycling performance director Stephen Park says there has been a conscious effort to invest in disciplines across the sport, and believes the fruits of those efforts will be seen in Tokyo.
“I’m proud of the focus the support team have made in attempting to diversify our medals, with a real investment going into the BMX and mountain bike disciplines,” he said.
I'm certain we will see this investment pay off with great performances in Tokyo which will then stand us in good stead leading into Paris 2024.
“We are renowned for our domination in the track events and, while we have a realistic expectation that the rest of the world will be more competitive than ever this year, I am still extremely excited to see every single member of the track squad in the hunt for a medal in Tokyo."