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Cycling preview - 30 July


After six finals in the first three days of the Cycling competition, qualification takes over on Tuesday, with the preliminary rounds for the Menís Sprint and Individual Pursuit.

Jason Queally

The line-up for the Menís Sprint, the blue ribband event on the track, is impressive.

Englandís Jamie Staff, bronze medallist in the 1 kilometre time trial on Sunday, is gunning for medal number two, but he is up against a plethora of world and Olympic medallists from Australia and Scotland.

Australia and Canada are currently tied as the leading Cycling nations in the Commonwealth, with six medals apiece. Sean Eeadie, the Commonwealth silver and Olympic bronze medal winner, and Jobie Dajka, the 1999 world champion in the sprint discipline, will be looking to add to the Australian medal haul.

Scottish duo Craig Maclean and Ross Edgar are also medal prospects in the sprint. They will be looking to emulate the gold-medal winning performance of countryman Chris Hoy, who won his nationís first medal on Sunday.

With the Team Pursuit still to come, Cycling could be Scotlandís best event at the Games.

Tuesday also sees the qualifying round of the Menís 4000m Individual Pursuit. Reigning champion and Commonwealth Games record holder Brad McGee (AUS) is out to defend his title. English Team Pursuit Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins is also tipped for a place on the rostrum in Wednesdayís final.

On a day dominated by qualification, the only medal event is the Womenís Point race.

This is a long tactical track race, spread over 100 laps. The 14 riders sprint every 10 laps to earn points. Some will try to break away from the peleton through the course of the race to pick up extra points. The rider with the most points after 25km will win the gold medal.

The line-up includes womenís Road Time Trial gold medallist Clara Hughes (CAN) and Welsh Cycling prodigy Nicole Cooke, who will be looking to bury the gremlins of a disappointing performance in the Road Time Trial, where she finished 10th.

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