Cyclist Eddie Dawkins cleared for sprint

Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013
Eddie Dawkins
GOOD TO GO: Eddie Dawkins in action during the 2012 World Championships.

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Injured cyclist Eddie Dawkins will take his place in the team sprint combination for the opening day of the UCI Track World Cup in Mexico today.

Dawkins, the in-form track sprinter in recent weeks, lost skin on his backside after crashing when his rear tyre punctured in training three days ago.

The 24-year-old said his wounds had improved sufficiently for him to be able to compete in today's team sprint.

It was his third crash in as many weeks, after coming down twice in the opening world cup in Manchester last month.

The New Zealand team has changed the combination for the team sprint tomorrow, with Southland's Matt Archibald coming into the trio as second wheel to join starter Ethan Mitchell and Dawkins.

This will allow former triple junior world champion Sam Webster to focus on the sprint, especially the match competition phase.

There is also a change in the men's pursuit combination for racing today, with omnium world champion Aaron Gate moving into the four-strong combination to join Marc Ryan, Pieter Bulling and Dylan Kennett.

London Olympian Shane Archbold will compete in the two-day omnium, which also starts today.

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