Preview: UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester

Hoy, Wiggins and Pendleton to take on world's best

The fourth round of the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics takes place this weekend at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, England.

Home-grown talents such as Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton will take on the likes of Chile’s Marco Arriagada, France’s Gregory Bauge and Australia’s Anna Meares in front of a crowd of 10,000. In total, 380 riders from 46 nations will take part in the three days of competition.

The event kicks off tomorrow (Friday, 18 February) with the women's team sprint and team pursuit, and the men's sprint, individual pursuit and initial omnium events. Saturday will see the women's sprint, scratch race and initial omnium events, while the men will have their final omnium events plus the keirin. Sunday hosts the women's final omnium events and keirin, plus the men's team sprint, JKA keirin and team pursuit.

All the racing will be shown on the BBC website, with live coverage on BBC2 from 1.30pm to 5pm on Sunday. Eurosport 2 will show a two-hour highlights programme starting at 8pm on Sunday. There'll also be coverage at cyclingnews.com, including live coveragewww.trackworldcup.co.uk and www.britishcycling.org.uk. For more details, visit www.trackworldcup.co.uk.

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