UCI World Track Cycling Championships 2013
- Venue: Minsk Arena, Minsk
- Date: 20-24 February 2013
- Coverage details: BBC Two, Red Button, Radio 5 live Sports Extra and online text commentaries
The race for Rio starts here. There are a total of 19 titles to be won at the Minsk Arena over five days of fast and furious action at the 2013 World Track Cycling Championships in Belarus.
Great Britain's 16-strong squad includes six gold medallists from London 2012 and a new crop of young stars to replace Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, with six riders making their senior World Championship debut.
Britain's squad for Minsk
Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi
Becky James, Vicky Williamson
Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison, Andy Tennant, Simon Yates
Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker
As they begin their build-up to the Rio de Janeiro Games of 2016, their focus this week will be the five current Olympic events for men and women - the individual sprint, team sprint, team pursuit, keirin and the six-discipline omnium.
and double Olympic medallist
who will both be in Minsk analysing the action for
give their day-to-day guide of what we can expect from our established riders and fresh faces.
Wednesday, 20 February
Great Britain had to settle for a silver medal behind Australia in the men's team pursuit after failing to defend their title on
the opening day
of the World Track Cycling Championships in Belarus.
Earlier, young duo
picked up Britain's first medal in Minsk with a bronze in the women's team sprint.
Thursday, 21 February
GB men fail to defend world title
Great Britain won their first gold medal in Belarus as their women's team pursuit trio of
Laura Trott, Dani King
beat Australia to defend the title.
won her second medal of the event, with bronze in the 500m time trial.
made history by becoming the first Irishman to win a World Championships medal for 117 years. He
won silver in the individual pursuit before claiming gold
in the 15k men's scratch race.
However, there was disappointment for Britain in the men's team sprint as
Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny
missed out on a medal after only finishing sixth in qualifying.
Friday, 22 February
Yates, 20, wins World gold
came through the first-round repechage and then only made the final courtesy of the relegation of French rival Francois Pervis, but the 24-year-old took full advantage of his let-off,
sweeping past Maximilian Levy to clinch the second world title of his career.
Great Britain's second gold of the day came from a less-expected source.
, 20, marked his first major competition with gold in the points race.
was in impressive form - going fastest in the opening seeded run and qualifying for the semi-finals of the women's sprint with ease.
part of the gold-winning team pursuit trio, finished sixth in the scratch race.
Saturday, 23 February
James victorious in sprint final
her third medal and first gold of the championships
as she replaced fellow Briton Victoria Pendleton as world sprint champion. The 21-year-old for Abergavenny lost the opening race of her gold-medal final against Kristina Vogel, but recovered to take the next two and the title.
could not replicate her success in the men's equivalent, finishing seventh after being eliminated in the quarter-finals.
won the elimination race to move into third in the omnium standings with three of the six disciplines complete.
won the scratch race, but ended up eighth overall in the men's omnium.
Sunday, 24 February
World Track Cycling: Spectacular crash for Kenny de Ketele in the men's madison
A fourth medal and second gold crowned a superb championships for
as the 21-year-old
dominated the keirin final.
s omnium defence ended in silver after a 10th-place finish in the points race that left her with too much to do in the final time-trial. Gold went to American Sarah Hammer who was a silver medallist behind Trott in the same event at the London 2012 Olympics.
In the madison
were unable to make any inroads in a race won by the French pair.
The men's sprint final were won by Stefan Botticher of Germany, but there was no British opposition to contest the final with
Jason Kenny, Matt Crampton
all eliminated on the previous day.