Edinburgh cyclist Callum Skinner will be bidding to add a world champion’s rainbow jersey to his collection of honours when the UCI World Track Championships get underway in Paris this evening.
The 22-year-old Rigmar Racers rider is one of four individuals jostling for a place in the trio that will contest tonight’s team sprint.
However, his recent form as man three should earn him the nod to anchor a line-up that is also expected to include Olympic champions Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, leaving Kian Emadi as the man on the sidelines.
Emadi, who combined with Hindes and Kenny to take fifth spot in last year’s championship, subsequently suffered a back injury.
Skinner has seized his opportunity and helped Great Britain strike gold at the World Cup in Mexico in November.
Skinner, who currently holds four UK titles, will also be seeking individual success.
Friday’s kilometre time trial – an event in which he won European championship gold earlier in the winter – appears to offer his best chance of solo success on a track which opened last year in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines on the outskirts of Paris and is considered to be conducive to fast times.