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Five-star GB team heading to Track Championships

Jason Kenny was part of the team with Hindes and Skinner who won an Olympic medal. Credit: PA

Five Olympic champions have been named in the Great Britain team for the European Track Championships in Berlin later this month.

Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Steven Burke, Phil Hindes and Callum Skinner have been named in the 18-rider squad for the event from October 18 to 22.

Eleanor Dickinson, Emily Kay and Manon Lloyd join Olympic team pursuit gold medallists Archibald and Barker in the women's endurance squad.

Kian Emadi, Chris Latham, Andy Tennant, Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood team up with Burke in the men's endurance squad.

Hindes and Skinner, who won team sprint gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics, will compete in the men's sprint group along with Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman.

British Cycling head coach Iain Dyer said: "We've selected a strong squad for the UEC European Track Championships with the aim of starting the season with some good performances.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the level of progression shown in training replicated under major competition conditions across the squad in what marks the beginning of the 2017/18 season for the track team."


Cycling gold medallists Trott and Kenny engaged

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny won two gold medals apiece at London 2012. Credit: PA

Laura Trott has announced her engagement to fellow double Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny.

The couple went public about their relationship during the London 2012 Games, where they won two gold medals apiece.

Essex-born Trott, 22, tweeted the news this morning:

Trott triumphed in the team pursuit and the six-discipline omnium at London 2012, while Kenny was victorious in the team and individual sprints.

They were also both made OBEs in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Olympic welcome home for cyclist Jason Kenny

Olympic cycling hero Jason Kenny said he was "blown away" by the reception he received today as thousands of fans turned out to greet him in his home town.

Wearing his two gold medals around his neck, Kenny was accompanied by his girlfriend and fellow double gold medal-winning cyclist Laura Trott as he greeted supporters outside Bolton Town Hall.

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny at Bolton Town Hall. Credit: Press Association

Kenny, who is 24 and won gold in the men's team sprint and the individual sprint at London 2012, also took home gold and silver medals four years ago in Beijing.

His races were shown again on a large screen to loud cheers from the crowd assembled outside, while Kenny also attended a civic reception inside.