Callum Skinner chasing World Cup points in New Zealand

Callum Skinner is back after illness.  Picture: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Callum Skinner is back after illness. Picture: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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Callum Skinner will be raring to go when the second leg of this season’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup gets underway at the Avantidrome in Cambridge, New Zealand today.

The 23-year-old had to reshuffle his plans after illness ruled him out of the opening round in Columbia just over a month ago.

However, the Edinburgh man is fit again and ready to challenge for qualifying points towards the World Championships in London next March and the summer’s Olympics in Rio.

Skinner features in a four-strong sprint group that includes Olympic champions Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes, as well as Welshman Lewis Oliva. Between them the quartet will compete in the team sprint, individual sprint and the Keirin.

Today’s first session features qualifying for the team sprint, with the medals being decided tomorrow, when the Keirin also takes place. The individual sprint dominates the programme on Sunday with qualifying and the early knockout rounds taking place in the morning and the latter stages being contested in the evening session.

Scotland’s only other representative is Dundee’s Mark Stewart who will be in action in the endurance events and looking to replicate the team pursuit bronze he won last season.