EAGLEHAWK’S Glenn O’Shea is one of four reigning world champions named in Australia’s squad to contest the world track cycling championships from February 20 to 24 in Minsk, Belarus.
O’Shea, 23, warmed up for his world omnium defence by winning gold in the 1km time trial and the teams pursuit at the national track titles at Sydney’s Dunc Gray Velodrome.
A silver medallist in the teams pursuit at the London Olympics, O’Shea will play a key role in the Cyclones pursuit for gold in Minsk.
The dual winner of the Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year award, which is backed by bankmecu, is now based in Ridleyton, South Australia where he works and trains with the South Australia Sports Institute.
Other reigning world titleholders in the Cyclones squad bound for Belarus are Scott Sunderland and Matthew Glaetzer, team sprint; and Michael Hepburn, individunal pursuit.
Sprint events in Minsk will be team sprint, sprint, keirin and time trial for men and women.
The 11 endurance events are men’s and women’s team pursuit, individual pursuit, scratch race, points race and omnium, and the madison for men.