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Kenny to lead GB sprint squad

Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny will lead a seven-strong British sprint squad at France's new national velodrome next month.

Kenny is joined by double world champion Becky James in the squad for the January 30 event held to open the Versailles facility.

Bolton rider Kenny said: "It's a real privilege to be invited to help open the French cycling federation's new national velodrome.

"We know in this country how important facilities are to cycling - the velodrome here in Manchester celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year and it's difficult to imagine where the sport in this country would be without it."

Matt Crampton, Callum Skinner, Kian Emadi, Vicky Williamson and former heptathlete Katy Marchant complete the squad for the event, which will act as a useful hit-out for February's Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia.

France and Britain have enjoyed a long rivalry on the track, in sprint events especially, and at London 2012 the hosts' cross-Channel rivals accused Britain of having a technological advantage and 'rounder wheels'.

Kenny beat Gregory Bauge in the sprint final, claiming Olympic gold and leaving the dominant sprinter of the previous four years so bemused afterwards that the Frenchman asked questions of his rival in the post-race press conference.