GWENT cyclist James Ball will go for glory for Great Britain in next week’s UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in France.

The defending tandem sprint champion from Ponthir will be piloted by Steffan Lloyd at the event in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on the outskirts of Paris.

Ball heads to France after adding to his lengthy CV with a sprint gold and a 1,000m time trial silver at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham when he joined forced with Matt Rotherham.

Dame Sarah Storey will return from injury to defend her C5 individual pursuit title.

Storey had suffered with concussion in the wake of a crash at the Road World Championships in Canada in August.

Paralympic and world champion Jody Cundy will defend his C4 kilo title, while Jaco Van Gass will aim to keep onto his C3 kilo, scratch and omnium world titles.

Scotland's Neil Fachie, a long-time rival/teammate of Ball, and Rotherham enter the tandem kilo as reigning champions.

The squad also includes Kadeena Cox, Crystal Lane-Wright and Morgan Newbury, as well as rising star Fin Graham. Road time trial world champions Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl will make their track world championship debuts.

Britain will be without C4 rider George Peasgood, who suffered a brain injury in a training crash last week.

Peasgood’s partner Frankie Hall said on social media the Tokyo medallist had sustained “severe injuries – specifically a diffuse axonal injury”.