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    Strong NZ track cycling team for Colombia

    An accomplished all-male team of 11 riders named to competed at the track cycling world championships in Colombia.


    Strong form at World Cup meets has prompted New Zealand selectors to send full complement of 11 riders to the track cycling world championships in Colombia this month.

    Every member of the all-male team will capable of winning a medal at the meet in Cali starting on February 26, according to head coach Dayle Cheatley.

    "The riders put their hands up with some quality performances at the World Cup competitions and in training to warrant selection," Cheatley said.

    "We've qualified maximum quotas in all of our targeted events and want to do justice to these opportunities."

    Five sprinters have been selected, comprising the London Olympic trio of bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins, plus Sam Webster and Matt Archibald, who will make his world championship debut.

    There are six riders in the endurance team comprising London Olympic medallists Marc Ryan and omnium world champion Aaron Gate, along with World Cup teammates Pieter Bulling, Dylan Kennett and Olympic omnium rider Shane Archbold.

    Outstanding form in the final World Cup in Mexico has earned Southland's Tom Scully his call-up.

    The 23-year-old made an excellent return to the track at the Oceania Championships late last year and the recent World Cup in Mexico where he won the madison with Patrick Bevin and was second in the points race.

    In the sprints, Southlander Dawkins was the top-ranked rider on the World Cup circuit and is currently ranked fifth in the world. Webster is ranked sixth and Archibald 16th.

    The team sprint is ranked second while van Velthooven is ranked top of the 1000m time trial with Dawkins sixth in the keirin.

    The final rider selection for specific events will take place just before the championships begin.

    New Zealand: Endurance - Aaron Gate (Auckland), Dylan Kennett (Waimate), Marc Ryan (Timaru), Pieter Bulling (Invercargill), Shane Archbold (Timaru), Tom Scully (Invercargill). Sprint - Ethan Mitchell (Auckland), Eddie Dawkins (Invercargill), Sam Webster (Auckland), Matt Archibald (Invercargill), Simon van Velthooven (Feilding).


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