Double Olympic champion Harrie Lavreysen will be seeking more world titles in Roubaix ©Getty Images

A total of 18 gold medal winners at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are set to compete at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix in France.

Harrie Lavreysen of The Netherlands was the only rider to bag two gold medals at the Izu Velodrome, winning in the individual and team sprints.

The 24-year-old repeated his achievements from the World Championships in 2019 and 2020, where he also clinched the keirin title.

He will be in Roubaix alongside fellow Dutchman and rival Jeffrey Hoogland, who will be looking to reclaim the time trial crown he won three years.

Shanne Braspennincx was a surprise gold medallist at Tokyo 2020, claiming the women’s keirin title.

She will come up against Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell, individual sprint champion in Tokyo, and defending world champion Emma Hinze of Germany.

Franziska Brausse, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein and Mieke Kroeger, who claimed the Olympic gold and the world record this year are expected to shine for Germany in the women’s pursuit events.

Britain has named a 19-strong squad, led by Olympic madison gold medallist Katie Archibald who was crowned team pursuit champion in 2014 and claimed silver in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Katie Archibald has leading a 19-strong British team at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships ©Getty Images
Katie Archibald has leading a 19-strong British team at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships ©Getty Images

Jennifer Valente, who secured women’s omnium gold at Tokyo 2020 will be hoping to win the event in Roubaix as she also participates in the scratch race and points race and is a substitute in the madison.

Filippo Ganna, Simone Consonni, Francesco Lamon and Jonathan Milan - Italy’s golden quartet in the men’s team pursuit - and the Danish madison duo of Michael Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen are the other Olympic champions gearing for the World Championships.

Ashgabat in Turkmenistan was initially scheduled to stage the event before it was moved to France due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Competition at the Vélodrome Couvert Régional Jean-Stablinski, also known as "Le Stab", is due to start tomorrow with gold medals to be awarded in the women’s scratch, women’s team sprint and men’s team sprint.

There will be 22 events held across the five days with action set to conclude on Sunday (October 24).