Cycling to gold at the London 2012 Olympics

In Athens and Beijing the British cycling team delivered an abundance of gold medals. Can they repeat the haul at the London 2012 Olympics? We identified some of the team's strongest gold medal opportunities. For the full events timetable in the velodrome and on the roads, visit www.london2012.com.

  1. The Men's Pursuit Team won gold in Beijing in a world record time, but were beaten by Australia in the 2010 world championship. Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas will join a squad that includes Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Andy Tennant, Ben Swift and Jason Queally.
  2. Sir Chris Hoy will try to add to his medals collection in the keirin and sprint. He has used his strength to master the keirin, but needs to be aware of opponents' willingness to block him in and nullify his sheer power and speed.
  3. Victoria Pendleton goes in the keirin and sprint, and the Olympic champion is almost unbeatable in the sprint. Her sheer speed, strength and timing make her the hot favourite for the gold in London.
  4. Mark Cavendish will lead off the hunt for gold in the men's road race, with the defending champion Nicole Cooke and Lizzie Armitstead among the leading contenders in the women's race.
  5. The women's pursuit will be a new event at the London 2012 Olympics. An already impressive quartet of Lizzie Armitstead, Wendy Houvenaghel, Jo Rowsell and Rebecca Romero may be joined by the road race specialist Nicole Cooke to offer a substantial challenge to the world champions Australia.

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