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Joanna Rowsell © Gallo Images

British Olympic champs out of World Cup



Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell and Steven Burke withdrew Monday from the Great Britain team for this weekend's Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Rowsell has been suffering from a virus and her absence breaks up her world and Olympic-winning women's pursuit team combination with Laura Trott and Dani King. The trio had set six successive world records.

Burke's absence from the men's team pursuit squad means none of the four-man team which won gold at the Olympic Velodrome in London will be riding in Glasgow, with Kelly joining a youthful squad.

Rowsell and Burke will be replaced by academy riders Elinor Barker and Joe Kelly respectively.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for these two youngsters to step in and experience the GB competition environment at an elite level," said British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford.

Ed Clancy won 4 000 metres team pursuit gold in London, successfully defending the Olympic title claimed in Beijing.

But the 27-year-old will now revert to the three-man, three-lap team sprint, which takes place on Friday's opening day of competition.

Clancy will fill the man three spot occupied by Chris Hoy after the Scot combined with Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny to win gold in London.

Clancy told www.britishcycling.org.uk: "We are going into the unknown but what is the worst that could happen? I get dropped and ride for three laps on my own, I'll never do team sprint again and go back to the team pursuit.

"As much as I'd like to stay on there and do a good last lap and open up another doorway, another option for someone to look at in the future, I wasn't a team sprinter before this little journey, there's no worst case scenarios really.

"It's going to be quite interesting to see whether I can match those boys for acceleration when they get going."



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