The second round of the 2012-2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung gets under way Friday in Glasgow, Scotland. Second to Colombia in the first round, the British riders will have the added incentive this time of performing at home... to be more precise in the brand new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, named after one of British Cyclingâ€™s most famous and successful track cycling figures.
As we have come to expect, the British public will be out in force. The velodrome is a sell-out for all three days of competition. Cycling fans had to be quick off the mark to be in with a chance of witnessing the action live: the event was sold out within one hour of tickets going on sale.
The Colombian athletes are sitting out this round of the World Cup but the British team is looking strong with six Olympic Champions scheduled to take to the track in Scotland: Edward Clancy (team pursuit), Philip Hindes, (team sprint) Jason Kenny (individual sprint and team sprint), and the womenâ€™s team pursuit team of Dani King, Joanna Roswell and Laura Trott (who is also Omnium Olympic Champion).
Other Olympic Champions lining up in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome include Denmarkâ€™s Lasse Norman Hansen (menâ€™s omnium) and Germanyâ€™s Kristina Vogel (team sprint).
Not all these Champions will be competing in the disciplines which earned them Olympic gold, and the race for the overall World Cup titles remains wide open.
In total, 207 athletes from 37 nations will participate in Glasgow, the first time that the UCI Track Cycling World Cup comes to Scotland.
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