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Clancy and Thomas were part of the quartet that won gold in a world record time in Beijing and will be joined by Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh, replacing Bradley Wiggins and Paul Manning, in a strong four this week.
But Australia have won the last two world titles while Britain have mustered, by their own high standards, just one silver and bronze in the last three years.
And they have brought their strongest possible team to this weekend's Olympic test event, including Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn, who are the reigning team pursuit world champions, while Bobridge is also the reigning individual pursuit champion.
"They have sent their A-Team and the chances are that they are going to mean business," said Clancy.
"It will either be to send a message out by beating us on home turf or just to check out what it's like over here. I don't know what their training has been like and they might not be on 100 percent form.
"Obviously it would be nice to win but the most important thing is that we do a good time, get a bit of confidence from that, go quicker at the Worlds then head to the Olympics.
"We have to go flat out to be competitive and there will not be any holding back."
Thomas is returning to the British track programme after focusing on the road for the past three years, claiming two top three stage positions at the Tour de France, the national road race title in 2010 and last year's points jersey at the Tour of Britain.
"If we got fifth here at the World Cup, third in the Worlds and gold at the Olympics we would take that hands down," he adds.
"It's kind of easy decision really to put the road to one side. The Olympics, a home Games, means a lot to me and the team pursuit is the best chance I have of winning a gold medal.
"There is obviously still that thought in the back of my mind about the road. I did well on it last year and I want to keep that progression going but at the same time the Olympics is the Olympics and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."
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