Commonwealth Games silver medallist Steven Burke has won his race to be fit for the forthcoming World Track Championships in Paris after recovering sufficiently from a broken collarbone to be named in the Great Britain team.
Burke, winner of team pursuit silver at Glasgow 2014, suffered the injury in a training accident in early January and was forced to undergo surgery.
But the 26-year-old has recovered to be named in the men’s endurance group which will contest the team pursuit on the opening day of the Paris event.
The Championships run from February 18-22 with Burke joined in the endurance team by fellow Glasgow team pursuit silver medallists Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant.
A further seven Team England riders are chosen with Jess Varnish, Vicky Williamson, Kian Emadi, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny named in the sprint teams, while Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott form part of the women’s endurance team.
And British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton was quick to praise the work of both the support staff and Burke in getting back into top shape ahead of the Championships.
“I’m pleased Steve Burke has made the team which is a credit to him and the hard work of the support staff plus it’s good to see Academy rider Matt Gibson step up and make selection,” said Sutton.
“We saw some promising performance during the world cup season and I’m looking for the team to drive this momentum into the world championships.”
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