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Storey returns for Track World Championships

Storey returns for Track World Championships
Storey interview

Dame Sarah Story, Britain's most-successful Paralympian, will return to competitive action at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Rio next month after giving birth to her second child in October.

Storey, who won three golds in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games, already has a remarkable 23 cycling world titles to her name and will aim to add to her total in the 500m time trial, individual pursuit and scratch race.

“I’m delighted to be back in the hunt for rainbow jerseys although I never expected to be back so quickly after Charlie’s arrival four months ago," said Storey.

“We are going into the qualification period for Tokyo 2020 so I’m excited to start the build up for what will be my eighth Paralympic Games. I’m looking forward to seeing what the trip will bring.”

Storey is joined in the squad by a number of her fellow Rio 2016 gold medallists, including Jody Cundy, Jon Allan-Butterworth, Louis Rolfe, Steve Bate, Adam Duggleby, Sophie Thornhill, Helen Scott, Lora Fachie, Corinne Hall and Megan Giglia, while Blaine Hunt and Katie Toft will make their GB debuts.

“The Track World Championships in Rio are the first major step on the team’s journey to Tokyo 2020 and all the riders and staff are looking forward to the competition," said Great Britain Cycling Team programmes manager Jon Pett.

“With qualification points up for grabs for the first time in this cycle, it’s vital that we hit the ground running and I’m very confident that we have a squad of riders that are capable of challenging for rainbow jerseys.

“It’s great to welcome Sarah back into the team for the first time since Rio, while it’s also excellent to add some new faces to the squad to freshen things up and provide some internal competition.

“Overall the team is in a great place and we’ll be working hard to ensure we have a very successful competition.”

The event gets under way on 22 March and runs until 25 March.

Full squad:

Female

 Lora Fachie & pilot Corrine Hall

Sophie Thornhill & pilot Helen Scott

Katie Toft

Megan Giglia

Crystal Lane-Wright

Dame Sarah Storey

Male

Steve Bate & Adam Duggleby

James Ball & Peter Mitchell

Neil Fachie & Matt Rotheram

Louis Rolfe

Ben Watson

Jody Cundy

Jaco Van Gass

Jon-Allan Butterworth

Blaine Hunt

Jon Gildea

William Bjergfelt