Leading quartet join veteran Clancy as British team take first steps on road to Rio

Reigning world champions Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell headline the 15-strong Great Britain team for the European Track Championships in Guadeloupe later this month.

Ed Clancy is seeking his fifth European title next week.

The quartet are all in the women’s endurance team along with Ciara Horne, the 25-year-old who has stepped in after Dani King’s announcement last week that she intends to focus on the road for next season.

With frontline sprinters like Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, and Kian Emadi among those sitting out, there is a place for four-time national champion Callum Skinner in the men’s sprint team.

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Yorkshire’s double Olympic champion Ed Clancy, 29, who has won four gold medals at this level in the last four years, again leads the men’s endurance team.

As expected, Sir Bradley Wiggins is not in the squad, with his place in the five-man endurance team taken by Mark Christian.

Shane Sutton, British Cycling’s technical director, said: “This European Championships marks the first opportunity for us to score Olympic qualification points for Rio and as such the squad as a whole is prepared and looking forward to this season’s racing. It’s good to see some new faces in the team.”

The championships take place from October 16-19 in Guadeloupe, a Caribbean island, which is an overseas region of France.