Cycling Australia announces roster for track Worlds

McGee, Lancaster, Brown and Roberts celebrating Olympic gold

McGee, Lancaster, Brown and Roberts celebrating Olympic gold (Image credit: AFP)

Cycling Australia has announced the 'Cyclones' Australian Team to contest the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships being staged in Manchester, England, from March 26 to 30.

The men's sprint team will feature 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ben Kersten, recently crowned national champion Mark French and troubled rider Shane Perkins. Ryan Bayley, Daniel Ellis Olympic Keirin silver medalist Shane Kelly and Scott Sunderland complete the team.

The women have two starters in the sprint, national champion Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares, the sister of Kerrie. Kerrie came in second at the nationals, losing to McCulloch.

The women's endurance team is comprised of Katherine Bates, who has good memories on Manchester, road ace Belinda Goss and allrounder Katie Mactier.

The men's endurance team hasn't made the final cut just yet. A pre-Worlds training camp in Bordeaux, France, from March 10 - 22 will help in sorting out the final team selection for Manchester.

For now, the 'long' team is comprised of Jack Bobridge, Graeme Brown, Tour of Britain stage winner Matthew Goss, Leigh Howard, Mark Jamieson, Brett Lancaster, Tour de France prologue winner Bradley McGee, Cameron Meyer, Luke Roberts and Phillip Thuaux.

The quartet of Brown, McGee, Lancaster and Roberts clinched the Olympic title at the 2004 Games in Athens.

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