Cycling: Skinner wheels way towards Brazil

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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner took a first step towards a place at the Rio Olympics in 2016 when he was named in the Great Britain Podium squad yesterday.

The group comprises riders believed to be potential medal contenders and underlines the confidence selectors have in the 20 year old British sprint champion.

Explaining the decision to name the squad so soon after the triumphant London Games last summer, British Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford, pictured, said, “Following another successful Olympic year, the management and coaches are keen for the momentum to continue as our focus switches towards Rio 2016.”

However, there was disappointment for Skinner’s City of Edinburgh team mate John Paul, who has been dropped from the British Cycling Academy. The double Scottish champion is now training on his own, but is determined to battle his way back into the set up over the coming months.

Meanwhile, in-form West Lothian rider Anne Ewing will be looking to add to her recent success in the Perth Grand Prix, the opening race in the British Cycling Series when she lines up against a 70-strong field for the Breast Cancer Care Team in Sunday’s Cheshire Classic, which is round two of the series.