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Summary

  1. Women's team pursuit (first round & finals)
  2. Women's sprint
  3. Men's Keirin (second round & finals)
  4. Men's team pursuit (finals)
  5. Men's scratch (finals)

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Men's scratch

Today's events

The men race over 15km - the simplest of races. There are no intermediate sprints or points to be won. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line.  

Next up: men's scratch race final

Can @ChrisLatham9 emulate his team mate Barker and grab a medal?! 

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Next up: men's scratch race final Can @ChrisLatham9 emulate his team mate Barker and grab a medal?! #TWC2017

Men's team pursuit finals

Italy and Great Britain competing for bronze

Fourth for the men's team pursuit In the lead for much of the way but Italy came on strongly in the closing stages… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

The team pursuit final 4!

@StevenBurke88 @kianemadi @olliewood95 and Mark Stewart!

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The team pursuit final 4! @StevenBurke88 @kianemadi @olliewood95 and Mark Stewart! #TWC2017

Men's team pursuit

Today's events

The men's and women's teams both comprise four riders, racing over 4km. Two teams are on the track at the same time, one starting on the back straight, one on the home straight. The rules are simple - complete the distance in the quickest time possible, or catch your opponents in the final to win.

Drafting is crucial with riders racing millimetres behind each other. The time is stopped when the front wheel of the third rider crosses the line. This allows one member of the team to drop out during the race. Qualifying rounds now feature two teams on the track at once instead of one.

Men's Keirin

Today's events

Developed in Japan for gambling purposes, the keirin is a tactical race that starts behind a motorised bike, called a derny, which gradually increases its pace to about 50km/h for men and 45km/h for women, until it pulls off to signal a sprint for the line.

The format has been tweaked following controversy in Rio 2016 men's final - won by Britain's Jason Kenny - which had to be restarted twice due to infringements.

The race is now 1.5km (six laps) in total, instead of 2km, but the sprint distance has been increased from two and a half laps to three laps.

Riders now also have to stay behind the leading edge of the front wheel of the derny - rather than the rear edge of the rear wheel - before the pacer pulls off.

Women's sprint

Today's events

To qualify for the knockout rounds, riders must complete a 200m flying lap in the fastest time possible, with 28 now progressing instead of 24 at previous World Championships.

The four fastest athletes skip the 1/16 final - which consists of 12 races - to move straight into the 1/8 final, which consists of eight races. These races are 750m long but only the final 200m are timed, with the winner being the first across the line.

The 1/16 and 1/8 finals are straight knockouts, but the races become best-of-three contests from the quarter-finals onwards.

The knockout races tend to feature slow, tactical starts, followed by a frenetic finish as two riders race against each other with the first to cross the line winning - the perceived advantage being that the rider coming from behind can draft, using less energy and thus have a better chance of being victorious.

Team pursuit

Today's events

Teams comprise four riders, racing over 4km. Two teams are on the track at the same time, one starting on the back straight, one on the home straight. The rules are simple - complete the distance in the quickest time possible, or catch your opponents in the final to win.

Drafting is crucial with riders racing millimetres behind each other. The time is stopped when the front wheel of the third rider crosses the line. This allows one member of the team to drop out during the race. Qualifying rounds now feature two teams on the track at once instead of one.

Brits on bikes

Laura and Jason Kenny
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Olympic champions Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Steven Burke and Callum Skinner have been named in the squad of 20 riders, of whom 10 are making their World Championship debut.

Great Britain will hope to match their table-topping five gold medals from last year's event in London but are without a number of star names.

Six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny and four-time Olympic gold medallist wife Laura, who are expecting their first child, will miss the championships, while Bradley Wiggins has retired and Mark Cavendish is focusing on road racing.

Great Britain squad

Women's endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ellie Dickinson, Neah Evans, Emily Kay, Manon Lloyd, Emily Nelson

Men's endurance: Matt Bostock, Steven Burke, Kian Emadi, Chris Latham, Mark Stewart, Andy Tennant, Oliver Wood

Sprint: Jack Carlin, Katy Marchant, Lewis Oliva, Ryan Owens, Callum Skinner, Joe Truman

Looking to start cycling

Dame Sarah Storey
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If you've been encouraged to get your lyrca on, Get Inspired has a guide on how to get started in the sport available here.

When and where are the championships?

The World Track Cycling Championships 2017 are taking place at the Hong Kong Velodrome from the 12-16 April. 

The Championships take place every year, last year they took place in London. They were first held in 1893, in Chicago and were originally for amateurs with separate professional races. Amateurs and professionals continued to competed in separate events until 1993, after which they raced together in "open" races. 

Championships are open to riders selected by their national cycling association. They compete in the colours of their country.