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  Two former winners Glenn O’Shea and defending champion Alex Edmondson line up for he omnium. Don’t expect it to be just a ttwo way battle with past Junior World Championships medallists Sam Welsford and Tirian McManus among others who will be challenging for the win.

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Scott Law has withdrawn due to illness.


Alex Edmondson

Like his sister Edmondson is the defending champion and will be looking to go back to back. When it comes to bunch races and the individual pursuit few in Australia are able to match him.

At the recent London World Cup Edmondson along with teammate Callum Scotson put in a daring attack in the final laps of the Madison indicating strong form.

Glenn O’Shea

O’Shea is not just a former Australian and Oceania Champion but is also the 2012 World Champion. When it comes to tactical savvy in bunch races, O’Shea is arguably the best in the world. A strong sprint makes him dangerous and usually performs well in the flying lap and 1km time trial as well. If he has a weakness of late it has been the individual pursuit. With the strength in the field O’Shea will need to be at his best if he wants to pull on the green and gold jersey.

After spending the past year focusing on other areas expect O’Shea to want to regain his title as he prepares for Rio 2016. Claimed silver in Guadalajara World Cup in November.

Sam Welsford

The past few months have seen Welsford step up to the elite ranks after winning gold in the team pursuit and silver in the omnium at the Junior Track World Championships in Korea. In his first elite event the BikeNZ Classic in October Welsford finished second behind Scott Law but ahead of former World Champion Aaron Gate.

Younger than many of his competitors but despite his age has considerable experience. Strong across the bunch races and individual pursuit. The 1km time trial and flying 200m might see him lose ground.

Tirian McManus

McManus returns from an injury that caused him to skip the Guadalajara World Cup in November. Claimed bronze in the omnium at the 2012 Junior Track World Championships. His first big international win came at the Guadalajara World Cup in early 2014.

With limited preparation it will be interesting to see how McManus is going but on good form can be challenging for the medals.

Miles Scotson

In his second year out of the junior ranks Scotson has continued to step up and has become a regular in the Australia team pursuit squad. After claiming bronze last year Scotson will be looking to move on the podium this year.

Other names to watch: Mitchell Mulhern, Daniel Fitter and Callum Scotson.
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