The National Velodrome is the venue for this year's UCI Track Cycling World Championships and track cycling at Paris 2024 ©Getty Images

The National Velodrome set to be used at the Paris 2024 Olympics is ready to host the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling World Championships, with the five-day competition set to begin tomorrow.

There are set to be 22 titles on offer at the venue in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, beginning with the women's scratch race and followed by the women's and men's team sprints tomorrow.

Defending champion Martina Fidanza of Italy is expected to contend again in the women's scratch, while the 2021 winners Germany and The Netherlands look strong again in the women's and men's team sprints respectively.

Both countries are also the Olympic champions in their events.

The following two days of the Championships are set to feature five finals, with four taking place on Saturday (October 15) and five on Sunday (October 16).

There are 11 men's and women's events in total at the Championships, with medals available in the team pursuit, elimination, keirin, points race, time trial, individual pursuit, individual sprint, omnium and Madison in addition to the scratch and team sprints.

Harrie Lavreysen collected three golds for The Netherlands at last year's Championships, which were also held in France in Roubaix after being moved from Ashgabat.

Turkmenistan's capital was a controversial choice of host city when it was awarded the event in 2018 due to concerns over the country's human rights record, and the UCI cited COVID-19 restrictions for its decision to move the Championships.

The women's scratch race is the first scheduled medal event, with Italy's defending champion Martina Fidanza expected to challenge again ©Getty Images
The women's scratch race is the first scheduled medal event, with Italy's defending champion Martina Fidanza expected to challenge again ©Getty Images

Lavreysen, who won two golds and one bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is among the stars set to feature at this year's edition and is defending sprint, team sprint and keirin titles.

Men's individual sprint European champion Sébastien Vigier of France, a team sprint bronze medallist at Tokyo 2020, is among the home hopefuls.

Germany's Lea Sophie Friedrich won golds in the women's 500m time trial, keirin and team sprint last year, but faces challenges from the likes of compatriot and sprint world champion Emma Hinze and Canadian Olympic sprint champion Kelsey Mitchell in her events.

In the endurance events, Filippo Ganna of Italy arrives at the Championships having broken the UCI's men's hour record in Grenchen last week, and five-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny headlines a strong British women's squad.

The National Velodrome has previously held the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2015, when hosts France led the medals table with five golds.

Germany led the standings at last year's Championships with six golds, followed by The Netherlands on five.