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Gallery: Great Britain stars in training for European Track Championships

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Bradley Wiggins takes a turn in the men's quartet

Bradley Wiggins takes a turn in the men's quartet
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Members of the women's team emerge onto the track

Members of the women's team emerge onto the track
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The women's team goes through its paces

The women's team goes through its paces
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Members of the women's squad line out

Members of the women's squad line out
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The men's endurance team put in some practice laps

The men's endurance team put in some practice laps
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Bradley Wiggins walks down into the track centre

Bradley Wiggins walks down into the track centre
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Bradley Wiggins walks down into the track centre

Bradley Wiggins walks down into the track centre
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Endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel talks to his riders

Endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel talks to his riders
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Jon Dibben at full speed

Jon Dibben at full speed
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Bradley Wiggins at full speed

Bradley Wiggins at full speed
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Coach Paul Manning sits down with the women's endurance team

Coach Paul Manning sits down with the women's endurance team
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Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Oliver Wood, and Matthew Gibson take a breather

Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Oliver Wood, and Matthew Gibson take a breather
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Jon Dibben gets up to speed

Jon Dibben gets up to speed
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The women's pursuit team get out of the blocks

The women's pursuit team get out of the blocks
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Bradley Wiggins rolls into the track centre

Bradley Wiggins rolls into the track centre
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Owain Doull and Bradley Wiggins come out of the blocks in the men's team pursuit

Owain Doull and Bradley Wiggins come out of the blocks in the men's team pursuit
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The men's pursuit team come out of the blocks

The men's pursuit team come out of the blocks
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The men's pursuit team line out

The men's pursuit team line out
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Paul Manning clocks a women's lap

Paul Manning clocks a women's lap
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The women's team line up in the blocks

The women's team line up in the blocks
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Members of the men's team emerge onto the track

Members of the men's team emerge onto the track
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Matthew Gibson getting aero

Matthew Gibson getting aero
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The men step up the pace

The men step up the pace
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Bradley Wiggins sits second wheel

Bradley Wiggins sits second wheel
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The men's team strung out

The men's team strung out
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Members of the men's team emerge onto the track

Members of the men's team emerge onto the track
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Members of the men's team emerge onto the track

Members of the men's team emerge onto the track
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GB women in full flow

GB women in full flow
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GB men in full flow

GB men in full flow
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Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, and Laura Trott warm up on the rollers

Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, and Laura Trott warm up on the rollers
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Laura Trott talks things through with coach Paul Manning

Laura Trott talks things through with coach Paul Manning
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Ciara Horne comes off the track

Ciara Horne comes off the track
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The Great Britain team have been a dominant force in the world of track cycling in recent years, symbolised most notably by their wealth of medals – most of them gold – from the last two Olympic Games.

However, since the retirement of Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, the squad has seemed somewhat in transition. They came away from the UCI Track World Championships in France at the start of this year without a single gold medal – the first time that has happened in 14 years. The squad has often peaked in Olympic cycles but with Rio drawing ever nearer, there is a more pressing urgency than ever to click things back into shape and start firing on all cylinders once again.

With the European Track Championships coming up in Switzerland this week, most of the squad joined up at the Derby velodrome last week to prepare, and we can bring you this gallery of the endurance division going through various training sessions. Bradley Wiggins, who is going for a spot in the pursuit team for Rio, is there, along with the likes of Jon Dibben and Owain Doull. Stars of the women's side such as Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, and Elinor Barker are also put through their paces. 

After the European Track Championships, the road to Rio is paved by the three World Cup meets over the winter, followed by the 2016 Worlds.