World Track Cycling: British squad selected for Colombia

Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker British Cycling

Britain will have a squad of 17 for the World Track Cycling Championship which begins in Colombia on Wednesday.

Five of Britain's gold medallists from last year, including Becky James and Jason Kenny, will defend their titles.

Team pursuit champions Elinor Barker, Laura Trott and Dani King are joined by Katie Archibald and Joanna Rowsell for the new four-rider 4km format.

"We can go into the World Championship with confidence," said performance director Sir Dave Brailsford.

Britain claimed a total of nine medals, including five golds, across the team and individual events in Minsk last year.

James became the first Briton to win four medals at a single World Championships when the Welsh rider, now 22, claimed gold in the keirin.

Simon Yates does not defend his points race gold medal, while Katie Archibald makes her World Championship debut.

Brailsford sees the championships, which will be held in Cali from 26 February to 2 March, as important milestone in preparations for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"I'm pleased with the results we've had at World Cup level this season, both from the established riders and the younger ones breaking through," Brailsford added.

"With qualification for Rio 2016 expected to begin this year, this World Championships will allow us to lay down a marker to see where we are at against the best in the world and assess what work needs to be done."

British squad:

Men's Sprint - Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny.

Women's Sprint - Becky James, Jess Varnish, Vicky Williamson.

Men's Endurance - Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison.

Women's Endurance - Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott.