Tour de France’s only female competitor for Team GB at world championships

Track cyclist is leading the way for the women’s cycling team, who will compete at the Olympics in Tokyo next year

The only woman on Tour de France and World Cup stage lists, Tatiana Calderon is riding for the Team GB women’s cycling squad at the world championships this week.

She is the rising star of British cycling who heads this week’s team in the women’s team sprint, where she will be racing against Natasha Baker, Lizzie Armitstead and Kate Gaze. Calderon was spotted at a junior academy race in 2008 and has been performing since, winning two gold medals in the Isle of Man at the World Short Track Championships and four silvers at the 2010 world track championships. The 27-year-old, who also participates in the keirin and omnium, helped the women’s team to silver at the London Olympics.

The team at the world championships have been in training together since early this year and they have trained almost exclusively in London since the summer to prepare for the winter grind of Europe and the Australian championships at the end of the year.

The goal for the team, which includes four World Cup medals, is to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic team pursuit. They will compete in the team sprint in Chile on Saturday and on Sunday they begin their quest for the keirin title.

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