Jason Queally set for European Championships team sprint

Jason Kenny (left), Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Queally (right)
Queally (right) retired after being left out of squad for Beijing in 2008

Former Olympic champion Jason Queally is to compete in the team sprint at the European Championships in the Netherlands later this month, aged 41.

Queally secured the British title in a team with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny in Manchester a fortnight ago.

He switched earlier this year from the team pursuit, in which he won the European title last November.

"Our aim remains to score Olympic qualification points early," said Great Britain manager Shane Sutton.

"I'd say we are on target to achieve this as the whole team is looking strong and healthy as we enter into the final preparation stages for London 2012."

The European Championships take place in Apeldoorn from 21-23 October.

Queally won the Olympic 1km time trial in Sydney in 2000, but retired after being left out of the squad for Beijing.

Having revealed his intention to compete in the 2012 Paralympics as a tandem pilot, Queally was asked to rejoin the able-bodied squad and won the European team pursuit - a longer, endurance event - last year.

However, his display in the team sprint could install him as the final part of the jigsaw the defending team sprint Olympic champions have been missing since Jamie Staff's retirement because of injury last year.

Geraint Thomas is likely to take part in the team pursuit, having that he is set to miss the 2012 Tour de France in order to concentrate on defending that pursuit title on the track at the Olympics.

And Paralympian Sarah Storey has been named in the women's endurance squad, which could see her take part in the team pursuit.

Nine British riders will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan a fortnight later to compete in the first round of the UCI Track World Cup.

Strong sprint squads are complemented by omnium riders Ed Clancy and Dani King, with British Cycling waiting until later in the series to target the team pursuit.

Squad for European Championships:

Men's sprint: Matt Crampton, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Jason Queally

Women's sprint: Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish

Men's endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andy Tennant, Geraint Thomas

Women's endurance: Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey, Laura Trott

Squad for first World Cup, Kazakhstan:

Men's sprint: Crampton, Hoy, Kenny, Queally, Ross Edgar

Women's sprint: Varnish, Becky James

Men's endurance: Clancy

Women's endurance: King

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