Trott nervy ahead of ‘scary’ omnium

Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Olympic champion Laura Trott is anxious ahead of the first day of competition in the women’s omnium on day two of the Track World Cup in London.

Despite contributing to victory in the women’s team pursuit on day one – one of two golds for the hosts – and winning the six-discipline event at London 2012, Trott is uncertain of her chances.

Asked how she felt ahead of her two-day omnium campaign beginning, the double Olympic champion said: “Nervous. It’s a scary event. It’s a long event.

“Although I won the omnium at the Olympics, I don’t take anything for granted.

“People are just getting stronger and stronger. A lot of people are just starting to do the omnium, which is scary, because I want to do both (the team pursuit as well). I’m splitting my eggs and throwing them in both baskets.

“The Belgian rider Jolien d’Hoore is having an amazing season. Sarah Hammer, who I don’t think is here, is world champion. The competition is only getting tougher.

“I’m going to get stuck in. I felt really good in the team pursuit so I hope that bodes well for the omnium.”

Trott has finished second to Hammer of the United States in the last two World Championships but is part of a British team pursuit squad which last lost four years ago, at the Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia in December 2010.

Whatever the rider combination, their astonishing dominance remains as the British quartet clocked four minutes 22.167 seconds in the four-rider, four-kilometre event to finish ahead of Australia, who finished in 4mins 24.335secs.

Olympic champion Steven Burke was joined by Andy Tennant, Owain Doull and Mark Christian in the corresponding men’s event and the quartet also struck gold.

Britain clocked 4:00.957 to New Zealand’s 4:05.425 after world champions Australia suffered an unfortunate puncture in their semi-final defeat to their antipodean rivals.

The win for Britain’s men demonstrated a marked improvement following a woeful eighth-placed finish in February’s Track World Championships.

Optimism has returned following technical director Shane Sutton’s warning that swift improvement was necessary after Colombia.

There is also the small matter of having Sir Bradley Wiggins in reserve, with the four-time Olympic champion eyeing a return for the 2015-16 season ahead of a final hurrah in Rio.

Burke, who believes victory in February’s World Championships in Paris is now possible, said: “We’ve got a good chance of making that happen. We’re just a lot more confident now.

“We don’t like losing. We don’t like going to World Championships and coming eighth.

“I’m very confident everything’s coming together well and we can produce great things again.”

Illness contributed to Great Britain’s failure to advance in the men’s team sprint as Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner finished seventh.

Jess Varnish and Vicky Williamson were fifth in the corresponding women’s event.

Kenny is scheduled to return in Saturday’s Keirin, while Varnish and Williamson are entered in the women’s sprint.

Jon Dibben, like Trott, begins his omnium campaign.

Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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