Paralympian makes English Commonwealth cycling team

Storey joins 20-strong Delhi squad

England’s team for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi will feature 20 cyclists - with only the second Paralympian to represent the country in an able-bodied competition among them.

Sarah Storey follows Paralympic archer Danielle Brown into the squad.   

Olympic champions Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy have elected to miss the Games in order to concentrate on November's European Championships.

The male track team will include riders from British Cycling’s Olympic Academy, such as talented young sprinters and former Junior World Champions David Daniell and Peter Mitchell. Competing in the women’s track team will be three-time Junior World Championship medallist Laura Trott and multiple World and Paralympic Champion Storey.

England will go into the road events with a strong and experienced road team well suited to the Delhi course. The team will see young world class stars like Lizzie Armitstead, Alex Dowsett and Ben Swift lining up with experienced riders such as Jeremy Hunt, Russell Downing and Olympic medallist Emma Pooley.

Head coach Shane Sutton said: "We have selected a young track team for the Commonwealth Games to give England's rising cycling stars an opportunity to experience a large scale multi-event competition as they're preparing for their first Olympics. With a number of our top performers competing on the road, we are also in contention for medals in these events."

The 32-year-old Storey made her name as a swimmer, winning five Paralympic titles before switching to cycling in 2005, added two further gold medals to her haul at the 2008 Games in Beijing.  She picked up two gold medals at the

2010 UCI World Paracycling Road
Championships in Canada last week, taking her tally to 14 world titles in swimming and cycling.

"I'm so excited to be selected for Team England,” she said. “It's such an amazing opportunity for me to race the world's best pursuiters and I can't wait to get stuck in. I've been working very hard on my road skills this year and so to step up and be in the mix for this event too is a testament to the hard work I've put in and also the hard work put in by my team Horizon Fitness to get me up to this level."

England’s cycling team has a strong track record in the Commonwealth Games, having won 11 medals, including four golds, in Melbourne in 2006 in track and mountain biking. England finished second to Australia on the medal table at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games with 36 golds, 40 silvers and 34 bronzes.

The Commonwealth Games take place in Delhi from 3 to 14 October. 

Men's track team: George Atkins, David Daniell, Pete Mitchell, Erick Rowsell, Ben Swift, Simon Yates

Women's track team: Anna Blyth, Katie Colclough, Lucy Martinn, Sarah Storey, Laura Trott

Men's road team: Russell Downing, Alex Dowsett, Chris Froome, Jeremy Hunt, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift

Women's road team: Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Sharon Laws, Lucy Martin, Emma Pooley, Emma Trott

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