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New Zealand hope for Commonwealth cycling glory

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New Zealand Team Sprint trio will lead their country in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins who won gold in the team Sprint in the Track World Championships earlier this year will look to add to their medal tally in Glasgow.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has said their will be a squad of 14 riders, including Tom Scully, Marc Ryan and Simon van Velthooven who all picked up medals during the 2014 World Championships in February.

Only one of the 14 riders did not compete in the London Olympic Games or the Cali World Championships. That rider is Patrick Bevin.

Bevin has raced well since returning from four years of road cycling and the 22 year old won the Madison with Tom Skully in the Mexican World Cup.

The team will look to build on their recent successes at the Commonwealth Games and BikeNZ High Performance Director Mark Elliott thinks the competition will be strong at the summer games.

Elliott said, according to Cycling News:  "The team is based on the men's sprint and endurance programmes that met with such success in both London and this year's world championships," BikeNZ High Performance Director Mark Elliott said.

"The competition at Glasgow is going to be extremely strong with Great Britain, the strongest nation by far at the last Olympics, splitting down into their component countries, as well as powerhouses like Australia and Canada in particular.

"We will have our first full build-up in the Avantidrome in Cambridge which coupled with some very hard work, we hope will result in a further step up in performance from that at the world championships."

Only two women have been selected to go to the Commonwealth Games with the New Zealand team but Elliott says this is down to the women's programme being in a rebuild stage.

Elliot said: "We are looking to invest in some talented younger riders and want more from some of our more experienced riders. We've only selected two women so far but we have others that we would like to consider for Glasgow subject to some further performances expectations over the next two months.

"The riders in question have been set specific goals which we hope will allow us to make further nominations to the New Zealand Olympic Committee."

The New Zealand team will look to continue their impressive form when they race in the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome during the summer.

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