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Scotland name Glasgow 2014 cycling squad

Scotland have named their largest ever Commonwealth Games cycling squad for this year's showpiece in Glasgow.

Sixteen men and 14 women will represent the host nation in track, road and mountain bike events.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will showcase 17 events, with Para-Sport Cycling making its Games debut.

Returning medallists Charline Joiner, James McCallum and Jenny Davis will be out to achieve further success along with recently-crowned world team pursuit champion Katie Archibald, making her Commonwealth Games debut.

Aileen McGlynn, who has won medals at the last three Paralympic Games, will lead the Scottish charge, racing in both the sprint and time trial events with tandem pilot Louise Haston.

After only taking up the sport just over a year ago, Laura Cluxton and pilot Fiona Duncan, UCI World Cup gold-medallists, are also in the team.

In the men's tandem track events, Neil Fachie will be looking to add to his two World Championship titles and London 2012 one-kilometre time trial gold and individual sprint silver. He will be piloted by Craig MacLean, a London 2012 Paralympic gold medal-winning pilot.

There are also two road events, a time trial and road race.

At the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, David Millar took road race bronze and finished in style with the time trial gold.

Newcomer Archibald, who started her racing career on a grass track in the Highlands and has recently competed in the UK Women's Tour, will also be joined by team-mates Joiner, Eileen Roe and Claire Thomas.

In mountain biking, 2013 British national cross-country champions Grant Ferguson and Lee Craigie will be joined by Gareth Montgomery, Kenta Gallagher and Jessie Roberts.

Team Scotland chef de mission Jon Doig said: "Scotland has always had a strong tradition in cycling and its popularity has gone from strength to strength on the back of the amazing achievements of Sir Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean, the accessibility of the magnificent velodrome in Glasgow and the determination of Scottish Cycling to maximise these fantastic opportunities.

"This 30-strong team is proof of the progress that has been made over the last four years and we look forward to some exciting action on the track, on the road and over the cross-country course at Cathkin Braes."

Gary Coltman, Scottish Cycling's Head of Performance said: "Since the Commonwealth Games in Delhi there has been a dramatic rise in participation in cycling throughout Scotland and I'm delighted to announce some exciting, emerging talent as part of our team for Glasgow.

"There is no doubt that success at the highest level plays a significant part in inspiring more people into sport, and a successful Commonwealth Games right here in Glasgow is an amazing prospect for the future of cycling.

"The home games are an opportunity of a lifetime for the Scottish riders involved, who are all unbelievably committed and determined to make Scotland proud. We are all thrilled about the opportunity Glasgow provides to contribute to yet further growth and future success of our wonderful sport."

The announcement brings the Team Scotland numbers so far to 208, with an anticipated final team size in the region of 270 athletes.

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