Cycling: Skinner to make return in New Zealand

Callum Skinner in action earlier this month. Pic: Getty
Callum Skinner in action earlier this month. Pic: Getty
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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner will return to action with the Great Britain squad at next month’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup in New Zealand.

The 23-year-old missed out on selection for the opening leg of this season’s three-round competition which took place in Colombia because of illness.

However, he has subsequently confirmed that he is back to his best form and is one of four male sprinters listed in the 17-strong group who will compete at the Avantidrome in Cambridge in the Waikato region from 4-6 December, when qualifying points for the World Championships and the Olympics will be up for grabs.

Skinner will share the task of contesting the sprint events with Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes, as well as Welshman Lewis Oliva, who, like Skinner has his eye on selection for Rio next summer.

With the men’s and women’s endurance riders already having secured enough Olympic qualifying points, former City of Edinburgh rider Katie Archibald is among those rested and the only other Scot making the trip will be Dundee’s Mark Stewart.