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UCI unveils expanded Track World Cup calendar

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced that six locations will stage legs of its Track Cycling World Cup in 2018-19, with only Milton in Canada returning as a host destination from last season.

The season gets underway in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France on October 19-21, before Milton returns as host the following week. Located in the western outskirts of Paris, near Versailles, the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines arena welcomed the Track Cycling World Championships the same year as its inauguration, in 2015, but has never hosted a World Cup event.

The series then travels to the German capital of Berlin, host of the 2020 Track Cycling World Championships, on December 14-16 before London in England stages the final leg of 2018 on December 14-16. London’s velodrome has staged a leg three times since the city hosted the 2012 summer Olympic Games.

Cambridge in New Zealand hosts the penultimate round of the series on January 18-20, 2019 before the campaign concludes in Hong Kong on January 25-27. Both Cambridge and Hong Kong have hosted before.

The World Cup will form part of the qualification campaign for the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The six-round schedule continues the World Cup’s recent gradual expansion. The series featured three rounds in 2015-16, four in 2016-17 and five in 2017-18.

Along with Milton, last year’s World Cup visited Pruszków in Poland, Manchester in England, Santiago in Chile and Minsk in Belarus.