Katie Archibald ... the Braveheart

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City of Edinburgh cyclist Katie Archibald will fly the flag for Scotland at this weekend’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester despite missing out on the Great Britain squad.

The 19-year-old, who has risen to prominence with a string of outstanding performances in recent months, was injured in a crash at the Revolution Meeting last Saturday but returned to winning ways the following day when she landed the Scottish individual pursuit title.

She lines up this weekend in the colours of the Braveheart squad, which is registered as a trade team. The team has been used in the past as an avenue for Scottish riders to gain exposure to top-class racing – former City of Edinburgh rider, Kate Cullen, has also donned the distinctive tartan kit before.

Although the line-up for individual events is not yet finalised, Archibald is set to come up against Elinor Barker, Dani King, Jo Rowsell and Laura Trott, the four colleagues with whom she combined to lift the European team pursuit title in a world record time last month.