7 Feb 2012

Sprinters earn spots in London World Cup cycling squad

9:57 am on 7 February 2012

Impressive form at the national track cycling championships has led to the selection of six riders from New Zealand's burgeoning sprint programme in the 15-strong team for this month's UCI World Cup in London.

With three national records and four titles between them, Southland's Natasha Hansen and Dunedin's Katie Schofield have earned selection for their second World Cup as they push for qualification for April's World Championships in Melbourne.

They will be joined by the successful young men's quartet of Eddie Dawkins (Southland), Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster (Auckland) and Simon van Velthooven (Palmerston North).

The squad also includes the men's and women's team pursuit along with omnium riders Joanne Kiesanowski (Christchurch) and Shane Archbold (Timaru).

Westley Gough won selection for the final spot in the men's pursuit quartet, replacing Jesse Sergent who is unavailable with his professional road team commitments.

Gough will join the Oceania winning trio of Sam Bewley, Marc Ryan and Aaron Gate, while the women's trio remains unchanged from the Cali World Cup winning combination of Alison Shanks, Jaime Nielsen and Lauren Ellis.

The squad go into camp at Invercargill from today before travelling to London at the weekend.