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Gallery: Great Britain and Australia Olympic track training

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Jess Varnish (Great Britain)

Jess Varnish (Great Britain)
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Great Britain will look to defend their track pursuit gold

Great Britain will look to defend their track pursuit gold
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Five riders will compete for a place in the four-man Great Britain team

Five riders will compete for a place in the four-man Great Britain team
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Great Britain will look to defend their track pursuit gold

Great Britain will look to defend their track pursuit gold
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The Great Britain pursuit team on their home turf

The Great Britain pursuit team on their home turf
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The Australians turned up in London looking for revenge after Beijing

The Australians turned up in London looking for revenge after Beijing
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Sarah Hammer gets ready for a training session on the track

Sarah Hammer gets ready for a training session on the track
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Mei Yo Hsiao

Mei Yo Hsiao
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Riders from all nationalities share the London Olympic velodrome

Riders from all nationalities share the London Olympic velodrome
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Australia boast a strong women's pursuit team

Australia boast a strong women's pursuit team
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The Colombian team pursuit squad

The Colombian team pursuit squad
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Sarah Hammer (USA) is a top favourite for the Omnium

Sarah Hammer (USA) is a top favourite for the Omnium
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Australia's women's team pursuit squad in action

Australia's women's team pursuit squad in action
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Shane Perkins (Australia)

Shane Perkins (Australia)
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A track rider from Chile trains on the banking of the London velodrome

A track rider from Chile trains on the banking of the London velodrome
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Andy Tennant leads Ed Clancy in training

Andy Tennant leads Ed Clancy in training
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Great Britain will look to defend their track pursuit gold

Great Britain will look to defend their track pursuit gold
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Australia's track team for London 2012

Australia's track team for London 2012
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The Dutch pursuit team

The Dutch pursuit team
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Spain's men's pursuit team

Spain's men's pursuit team
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Kenny and Hoy after their training session

Kenny and Hoy after their training session
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Kenny and Hoy carry out sprint training together but only Kenny will race in the event

Kenny and Hoy carry out sprint training together but only Kenny will race in the event
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Kenny and Hoy carry out sprint training together but only Kenny will race in the event

Kenny and Hoy carry out sprint training together but only Kenny will race in the event
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Sir Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy
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Kenny leads Hoy around the London velodrome

Kenny leads Hoy around the London velodrome
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The Danish team pursuit squad

The Danish team pursuit squad
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The Korean pursuit team

The Korean pursuit team
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Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny

Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny
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Dani King (Great Britain)

Dani King (Great Britain)
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Great Britain will have to beat competition from a number of nations in order to retain their team pursuit gold from Beijing

Great Britain will have to beat competition from a number of nations in order to retain their team pursuit gold from Beijing
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Ed Clancy (Great Britain) follows his team through a training session

Ed Clancy (Great Britain) follows his team through a training session
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The Danish track team cooling down

The Danish track team cooling down
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The Belgian pursuit team in action

The Belgian pursuit team in action
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While in the midst of the road events at the London 2012 Olympics the track riders have used the last few days to familiarise themselves with the Olympic velodrome. Opened earlier this year for a round of the UCI Track World Cup, the venue has now turned into the base for the track riders competing in this year’s Games.

The track schedule begins Thursday with men’s Team Pursuit qualifying and the men’s and women’s Team Sprint Final. With five track days in total and a set of medals to be won, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, France and Russia will be looking to usurp Great Britain’s dominance from four years ago in Beijing.

On Tuesday a number of nations used the velodrome for one of their final training sessions. The British were out in force with the team pursuiters and sprint team on the boards. The Australian contingent were also out as the track prepares to take centre stage from Thursday.