By Gary Anderson

February 7 - British Cycling has named five reigning world champions in its squad for the UCI Track World Championships ©Getty Images Britain the 17 riders that will head to Cali, Colombia, for the International Cycling Federation (UCI) Track World Championships where Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker, Jason Kenny and Becky James will all be looking to defend their world titles.

This season saw Britain finish top of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup season to cap off a year which began with a dominant display at the 2013 World Championships in Minsk.

Britain topped the medal rankings at the Minsk Arena last February with nine medals, including five golds.

The undoubted star of the show was James, the first Briton to win four medals at a single World Championships, including gold in the sprint and keirin races, along with bronze medals in team sprint and 500 metres time trial.

Olympic champion Trott, along with King and Barker, will be hoping to secure a sixth women's team pursuit in seven World Championships for Britain after they romped to victory in Minsk.

Trott secured a silver medal in the omnium while James partnered Vicky Williamson to bronze in the women's team sprint.

Triple Olympic champion Kenny bagged his second world title with a win in the keirin event while Simon Yates, who does not travel to Cali, took gold in the 40 kilometres points race in Minsk.

Becky James won an historic four medals at last year's World Championships in Minsk ©Getty Images Becky James won an historic four medals at last year's World Championships in Minsk
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Kenny will be joined by Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi and Phil Hindes in the men's sprint squad, while Jess Varnish joins James and Williamson in the women's sprint set-up.

Katie Archibald and Joanna Roswell join Trott, Barker and King on the women's endurance squad with the men's squad consisting of Steven Burke, double Olympic champion Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Sam Harrison.

"I'm pleased with the results we've had at World Cup level this season, both from the established riders and the younger ones breaking through, and I think we can go into the World Championships with confidence this year," said British Cycling's performance director Sir Dave Brailsford.

"With qualification for Rio 2016 expected to begin this year, this World Championships will allow us to lay down a marker to see where we are at against the best in the world and assess what work needs to be done."

The UCI Track World Championships are due to take place from February 26 to March 2 at the Alcides Nieto Patiño Velodrome.

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