Preview: Great Britain set for Berlin in UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

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Great Britain travel to Berlin’s Mellowpark for the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on Friday 13 - Saturday 14 June.

World champion and series leader Liam Phillips, along with Kyle Evans and Tre Whyte, form a three-man squad for the event after Charlotte Green was forced to withdraw from the elite women’s competition due to a wrist injury.

The first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Germany’s capital is the third of five events in the series and also the last before July’s world championships in Rotterdam.

With the Olympic qualification period now open for BMX, points will be on offer towards earning places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Phillips holds a narrow 40-point lead over Australian Anthony Dean in the overall standings after the Briton took third at a rain-soaked track in Papendal, Netherlands in May.

It continued a run of podium finishes at international level that started with the 25-year-old’s win in Manchester in April and has continued up to the recent UEC European BMX League.

“Liam's had good consistency this season,” Olympic BMX coach Grant White said.

“He's been on the podium in all the events so far which is great and that's a nice step in the right direction to repeatability - to be up the top regardless of track and environment and competitors.”

Dean is set to start this weekend but Phillips refuses to place too much emphasis on defeating any one rider with American world time-trial champion Connor Fields also in close pursuit.

"I think it's definitely important to beat Anthony if he's second in the points but I don't focus on that or dwell on that," said Phillips.

"We've only done two rounds of five so I think to just pick one rider and say that's the one rider that I need to beat is quite naive."

"I think there is going to be a whole host of the best talent in the world going to race and for me it's just about being consistent and scoring points at every stop," added Phillips, who was third overall in the 2013 series.

Kyle Evans suffered a disappointing trip to Papendal after the high of fifth place in Manchester. The 20-year-old was eliminated at the 1/8 finals stage but bounced back to reach the finals at UEC European BMX League, form his coach wants to see in Germany.

“He needs to now take that to the next event in Berlin,” White said. “I think Kyle has got good potential to go and do well in Berlin. It's up to him to go and deliver that.”

Sitting in 10th overall, Evans says he has taken some valuable lessons from his weekend at the Olympic Training Centre.

“I don't feel I gave it everything I have got and personally feel I rode within myself and lacked a bit of confidence when on the track.

“My biggest lesson was that it gave me a kick to be more aggressive and stick up for myself going round the track, so I'm looking to take that attitude to Berlin.”

Tre Whyte returns to the world cup fold after missing round two to focus on a training block.

Whyte exited in the quarter-finals at Great Britain’s training base in April and on his return to international competition endured a tough weekend in the European League.

“Tre did fairly well in Manchester, his result could have been better but at the end of the day it wasn't,” coach White said.

“Netherlands was his first race after that block and it didn't go as well as he would have liked it, but it's his opportunity to go and turn that around.”

In addition to Dean and Fields, Latvian double Olympic champion Maris Strombergs is set to make his long-awaited return to the world cup circuit though Papendal victor Sam Willoughby will miss the round.

Watch live coverage of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on the British Cycling website.