Aussie Cyclones ready to fire at UCI World Championships LIVE on Eurosport

Aussie Cyclones ready to fire at UCI World Championships LIVE on Eurosport
By Eurosport

19/02/2013 at 11:30Updated 19/02/2013 at 11:31

Cycling Australia has named a 15 strong squad to contest the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships from Minsk, Belarus LIVE on Eurosport from February 21 to 24.

Headlining the team is London Olympic silver medallist Glenn O’Shea who is one of four reigning world champions named in the Aussie Cyclones line up.

He will be joined by London teams pursuit teammate Michael Hepburn and team sprint stars Scott Sunderland and Matthew Glatzer. O’ Shea and Hepburn will also chase gold in the omnium and individual pursuit.

Cycling Australia national performance director Kevin Tabotta said the road to the 2016 Olympics in Rio had started. "Both the athletes and the staff are looking forward to finding out a bit more about one another and how we work together at the top level of competition," Tabotta said.

Other members of the sprint team include London Olympian Kaarle McCulloch, newly crowned national sprint champions Stephanie Morton and Mitchell Bullen and NSW's Andrew Taylor.

The endurance team includes Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Melissa Hoskins, Luke Davison, Alex Morgan and the brother and sister pairing of Annette and Alex Edmondson.

Eurosport’s coverage of the UCI World Championships begins on Thursday 21/2 with day one LIVE at 2.45am.

Days two and four are LIVE from 3am on Friday 22/2 and Sunday 24/2 with day three LIVE at 4.15am on Saturday 22/2. The fifth and final day is LIVE from 10pm on Sunday 24/2.

Gold awaits Aussie Freestyle Skiers

Australia’s ski cross team will be hoping for a flourish of medals at Rosa Khutor later today – the venue for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The ski cross is the last event at the FIS World Cup Sochi Test event and is a key warm-up ahead of the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Oslo next month.

A podium finish will be the perfect preparation for the team which features Scott Kneller, Anton Grimus, Katya Crema, Jenny Owens and Sami Kennedy-Sim. Coverage is LIVE from 8.30pm today 19/2.

The squad then heads to Harrachov in the Czech Republic for their final hit out. A replay of that event can be seen from 2.30am on Monday 25/2.

Also in action is Australia’s aerial skiing team which is seeking further success after Laura Peel’s silver medal in Sochi on Sunday. Peel claimed her fourth podium of her career and second of the season and said she was thrilled by the result.

“We didn’t have great training,” Peel said. “It’s been tough all week. “The conditions were tough, especially in qualification earlier. It was a little easier tonight.”

A replay of the FIS Aerials World Cup meet in Bukovel, Ukraine can be seen from 12.30pm on Sunday 24/2. Joining Peel will be Danielle Scott, Lydia Lassila and David Morris.

Nordic Skiing World Champs LIVE on Eurosport

Eurosport will also be broadcasting extensive LIVE coverage of the FIS Nordic Skiing World Championships from Val Di Fiemme, Italy.

In total, over 20 hours of competition will be televised with LIVE coverage of the Cross Country, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.

LIVE action begins with qualifying for the men’s and women’s sprint (Cross Country) at 8.30pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday 20/2, with the sprint finals scheduled for the same time on Thursday 21/2.

The Nordic Combined gets underway LIVE at 8pm on Friday 22/2 with the championships concluding on March 3 with the men’s 50km Cross Country.

Some of the big names to watch include Dario Cologna, Petter Northug, Marit Bjoergen, Justyna Kowalczyk, Gregor Schlierenzauer and Jason Lamy Chappuis.