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Track World Championships - a recent history

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Chris Hoy on the top spot of the men's kilo podium flanked by Francois Pervis (France) and Jamie Staff (Great Britain)

Chris Hoy on the top spot of the men's kilo podium flanked by Francois Pervis (France) and Jamie Staff (Great Britain)
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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An emotional Joan Llaneras (Spain) with his children after he won the points race

An emotional Joan Llaneras (Spain) with his children after he won the points race
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Men's kilometre time trial - World Champion Stefan Nimke (Germany) starts his gold medal ride

Men's kilometre time trial - World Champion Stefan Nimke (Germany) starts his gold medal ride
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Australian duo Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch sing their national anthem on the winners podium for the women's team sprint

Australian duo Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch sing their national anthem on the winners podium for the women's team sprint
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Joanna Rowsell leads the British team celebrations as they win the gold medal in the women's team pursuit

Joanna Rowsell leads the British team celebrations as they win the gold medal in the women's team pursuit
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) not happy at the end of the men's scratch race

Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) not happy at the end of the men's scratch race
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Taylor Phinney (USA) celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 4,000m individual pursuit

Taylor Phinney (USA) celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 4,000m individual pursuit
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's sprint final against China's Shuang Guo

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's sprint final against China's Shuang Guo
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) congratulates Gregory Bauge (France) after the Frenchman beat him in the quarter finals of the men's sprint

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) congratulates Gregory Bauge (France) after the Frenchman beat him in the quarter finals of the men's sprint
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Leigh Howard and Cam Meyer (Australia) celebrate their victory in the men's Madison

Leigh Howard and Cam Meyer (Australia) celebrate their victory in the men's Madison
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Matt Crampton (Great Britain) attacks Francois Pervis (France) in the 1/8 final of the men's sprint

Matt Crampton (Great Britain) attacks Francois Pervis (France) in the 1/8 final of the men's sprint
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Simona Krupeckaite (Lituania) leads into the final bend and holds off the late charge of Victoria Pendleton to win the gold medal in the women's keirin

Simona Krupeckaite (Lituania) leads into the final bend and holds off the late charge of Victoria Pendleton to win the gold medal in the women's keirin
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Ed Clancy (Great Britain) celebrates after he finishes the kilometre time trial and wins the men's omnium gold medal

Ed Clancy (Great Britain) celebrates after he finishes the kilometre time trial and wins the men's omnium gold medal
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Men's Madison - Michael Morkov flies the Danish flag after he wins the championship

Men's Madison - Michael Morkov flies the Danish flag after he wins the championship
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Leigh Howard (Australia) celebrates his victory in the men's omnium

Leigh Howard (Australia) celebrates his victory in the men's omnium
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Men's sprint - gold medal winner Gr

Men's sprint - gold medal winner Gr
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Joan Llaneras wins the points race for a record fourth time

Joan Llaneras wins the points race for a record fourth time
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Joan Llaneras dedicated his win to his Madison partner Isaac Galvez who was tragically killed in the Ghent 6 Day earlier in the year

Joan Llaneras dedicated his win to his Madison partner Isaac Galvez who was tragically killed in the Ghent 6 Day earlier in the year
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)
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Bradley Wiggins and Rob Hayles in the Madison for Great Britain

Bradley Wiggins and Rob Hayles in the Madison for Great Britain
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Victoria Pendleton won three gold medals in Palma

Victoria Pendleton won three gold medals in Palma
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The newly resurfaced Manchester track in superfast condition

The newly resurfaced Manchester track in superfast condition
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Jennie Reed (USA) goes for a long one in the women's keirin

Jennie Reed (USA) goes for a long one in the women's keirin
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Young Mark Cavendish at full speed in the Madison

Young Mark Cavendish at full speed in the Madison
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Victoria Pendleton - sprint and team sprint gold and keirin silver in Manchester

Victoria Pendleton - sprint and team sprint gold and keirin silver in Manchester
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Bradley Wiggins gets his son to try on his new stripey jersey

Bradley Wiggins gets his son to try on his new stripey jersey
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Perfect partnership - Wiggins and Cavendish make a remarkable fight back to win Madison gold

Perfect partnership - Wiggins and Cavendish make a remarkable fight back to win Madison gold
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Ed Clancy (Great Britain) rode the last three laps on the front of the bunch in the scratch race for the men's omnium

Ed Clancy (Great Britain) rode the last three laps on the front of the bunch in the scratch race for the men's omnium
(Image credit: Gerry McManus)

On the eve of competition for the 2011 UCI Track World Championships, consider some of the biggest names of track cycling in recent years – Hoy, Pendleton, Llaneras, Wiggins, Cavendish, Meares. You'll find them all in this recent photographic retrospective.

With another Olympic Games just around the corner, think too of some of those expected to stamp their authority on London 2012, like Taylor Phinney and Cameron Meyer. They also make an appearance.

There is an emotion in track cycling that you don't find anywhere else in the sport; perhaps it's in the confined nature of the velodrome. Regardless, Gerry McManus has captured it and Cyclingnews hopes you enjoy.