Trott and King hungry to retain Team Pursuit World title

 

As the athletes prepare for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Belarus next week, double Olympic champion Laura Trott has stated that she will prioritise the defence of Great Britain’s team pursuit crown over her omnium title.

 

GGB team with Olympic medals, Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell

 

This is the last time the women’s event will be raced over 3k with three riders, before it switches to a four rider event, over 4k, mirroring the men’s team pursuit.  Critically, with four riders, the time is taken when the third rider crosses the line.  So, in future, the women will start with four riders but need to finish with just three, which will change the tactics significantly.

 

Great Britain’s women have dominated the discipline, only being denied the world title on one occasion since its introduction at the 2008 championships – when Australia won in Denmark in 2010 – before going on to take gold at the Olympics in London.

 

But any suggestion that success has dampened their passion to win was dispelled by Dani King “We’re going to go out there and ride the fastest we can,” she said. “We need to go out with a bang to say goodbye to the three-kilometre and three-woman event’.

 

The British squad will include two of the three riders who took gold at the London Olympics last summer; Laura Trott and Dani King, and they are joined by World junior time-trial champion Elinor Barker, who replaces Joanna Rowsell as she moves her focus to the road.

 

Laura is full of praise for their new team mate, who first rode with them at the Glasgow World Cup, when the team took the top spot after a close race.  “For a junior to step into an Olympic team, that’s massive and she has done it with no problem at all. She just gets better and better, the more efforts we do,” Laura enthused.  “Elinor just improves and improves, she’s doing amazingly. In a way I guess it’s easier to step into our team because there are only two of us.”

 

GB on their way to winning the World Title in Melbourne 2012

 

Unsurprisingly, Laura also has her eye on retaining the Omnium title, but is clear that the Team Pursuit is the priority.  “I obviously want to retain them both, but Team pursuit is still my main focus so we will get that one in the bag first hopefully and then that might spur me on to win the omnium”.

 

She even looked at riding the Individual Pursuit, in preparation for the Commonwealth Games next year, but rejected the idea because it comes before the Team Pursuit and she did not want to overcommit and be too tired for the one that matters.

 

Great Britain will no doubt start as the favourites, but with so many nations stepping up for the Olympics, the racing just gets better and better in this “must see” event .

 

 

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