Brailsford buoyed by the strength of GB cycling squad
GREAT Britain's most successful Olympic team is set to be stronger than ever at London 2012, according to British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford.
Brailsford led Britain to a haul of eight gold medals in Beijing four years' ago, with Hoy winning three of them.
There were few surprises as the team was announced at the Manchester Velodrome yesterday, with Hoy joined by fellow Olympic champions Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins.
David Millar, who in 2004 was handed a two-year suspension for admitting use of blood booster EPO, has been included in the long list for the men's road team which will support Mark Cavendish's bid for glory on the opening day of the Games.
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The final five and four-rider men and women's road squads will be selected later this month.
Brailsford said: "There's a strength in depth that we always talk about and actually this team's got a strength in breadth.
"It is, across all disciplines, very competitive for the podium. There's a great mix, young and old. You've got the experience of the likes of Vicky, Chris and Bradley, who have been to several Games now, and then you've got the exuberance of the Laura Trotts, Dani Kings, Jess Varnishs, all bursting through on to the scene."
Hoy and Kenny are joined in the sprint squad by 19-year-old German-born Philip Hindes, with Olympic champions Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas in team pursuit squad alongside Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Andy Tennant.
Clancy is poised to ride the omnium, with Trott in the corresponding women's event as well as the team pursuit, where she is joined by Joanna Rowsell, King and Wendy Houvenaghel.
Pendleton and Varnish are in the women's sprint squad.
Outside of the velodrome, Britain's chances are good too, with Cavendish favourite to triumph in the 250-kilometre road race.
Four-time world champion Shanaze Reade will ride in the BMX, with Liam Phillips selected despite suffering a fractured collar bone at last month's World Championships in Birmingham.