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Historically Glasgow's east end has been dominated by Celtic Park, ho
to the green side of one of the greatest sporting rivalries. Now,
the magnificent Sir Chris Hoy velodrome as the City is up for the
Games. Given what happened in London, Glasgow may find itself
And they are absolutely flying, Great Britain. Great Britain are
the world champions. They are now the Olympic champions. They are on
fire. They are on fire! Here comes Chris Hoy. A new world record!
Kenny is the Olympic sprint champion. He wins the Gold Medal
and he has won in style. Victoria Pendleton has ignited a burners.
She is the Olympic champion. The gold medal is Great Britain's. They
come up to the line. Look at the time. A new world record. Laura
Trott is on fire. Victoria Pendleton has career ends on a
Sir Chris Hoy is with me. I get emotional watching that. How do you
feel? You can't beat a good montage. It is nice to have so many happy
memories. It is incredible to be here in Glasgow are the track and
see the crowd getting into it. It is a huge honour. It is named after
you. It must be Will it. Yes, it is weird being here and not competing.
Seen all of the guys, seeing the rivals and all the people I have
complete it with vigour as the years and not being in a Lycra. You
do miss it. You miss the adrenalin. You have not retired. No, not yet.
Ideally I'll be back for the Commonwealth Games. I am not
thinking too far ahead. I'm taking one step at a time. I am 37 in
March. One step at a time. I am off to Australia in December. That is
my first training since the Olympic Games. We were see what happens. I
will be building up towards 2014. Greg McLean was here, he's never
taken as much time off. Is there any chance you might decide you
don't want to do it? No chance I don't want to. My motivation is
there. It is literally when I can do it or not and physically able or
not. It is not a matter of the team, there are so many towns and riders
coming through. I want to go there to win. If I believe I Can do That
and I am able, I'll be there. That's the hard thing, the Olympic
Games... Had to pick yourself up, that's not easy. It's not that you
have to come... You have to come off the high, come down, let your
body recover and mentally... You have to make a strategy for the
next four years. I will not be in Rio but most of the guys in London
will be there. It is about pacing yourself. You want to be world
champion every year but... A busy afternoon ahead. This is what is
coming up on day three. The final Jason Kenny fell off yesterday and
Yesterday in the keirin we saw Jason Kenny fell off. It will be
interesting to get your view on what happened. It must be a
disappointment. Yes, he looks of He didn't quite have the gas to
come round. He came into far, touch the back will. Ice-pick to the
national coach and he said he was looking back inside to see why the
French rider was and took his eye off the German back wheel. We are
talking small margins. He came back down the inside and lost it. My
father has broken his collarbone. Jason was a surprise to he did not
get on top more easily. Jason has been very busy. He is not on the
same form he was. On Olympic form it would be a relatively
comfortable victory. Unfortunately he wasn't and off to care is going
Accidents can happen and it is hard to pick out a winner. The team
sprint with Ed Clancy try to step the wheels. He has managed it. That
was close. He managed to do it. Jason Kenny, the fastest second a
lap rider in the team sprint in the world. It is close! It is a big ask,
0.2 in a single race. The closing stages, Germany take it from Great
Ed Clancy said I am no Chris Hoy, not yet. He did fantastically well.
He is getting thrown into an event, the first 10 seconds he is
producing more power in the perils than ever before in its team
pursuit. He has a 10 weeks training to meet the transition. I think he
did incredibly well. It is a great hope for the future. He could
easily go back to to the seat if he didn't enjoy it so be as nothing to
lose this season. And he is a relatively keener road rider. Would
he want to do the weights which are necessary to become a true
sprinter? That is the key thing. If he starts in the gym, his speed and
power would suffer initially and it would take time. The decision was
not to put him on that route initially, put him on the track. If
he makes the transition properly he will spend a full winter or six
months developing the strength in the gym to transfer onto the track.
It would take 18 months to see that come to fruition. Ed is an amazing
sprint athlete. He has some endurance but exceptional speed and
powers of. He does have the ability and that is off the back of the
training. To you think this is him try to find a new motivation?
has always been a team player. He is an exceptional individual, he
could be a multi- gold medallist but chooses to put his focus on
team sprint. He thrives in that environment. I think he could
succeed at anything he turns his hand to. It is nice after the
intensity of the Olympics to have a change of focus. I did that after
Sydney, I was doing the first lap and then I went to the keirin for
training for Athens. Making a slight change can elongate your
career. Eddie is only 27. It is exciting. -- he is only 27. We were
on the track early on. We have some pictures of the being introduced to
the crowd. You look like a proud schoolboy. It was amazing. Some of
the crowd got on their feet. It is always a bit embarrassing, you
don't know what to do. It is an amazing feeling. Just to be here
and Philae see the facility. The building started as to seek it for
a major championship is special. Your career started in Scotland,
let's look at this. This is your Look at this, a sensational time!
It is it after untruthfully. first ever winner in the
Commonwealth Games to Scotland. Chris Hoy looking for the line.
Look at the time, fantastic! Chris Hoy is the world champion. Great
Britain take gold. To get two gold medals in 24 hours is unbelievable.
Chris Hoy it is the Olympic champion! The Commonwealth champion,
the world champion! Scotland take the gold. Chris Hoy takes it.
goes beyond my expectations. Chris Hoy is the world sprint champion.
Nobody is going to stop the flying Scot. Chris Hoy brings the team
home to take the gold medal. Chris Hoy of Great Britain takes gold.
has got it. Chris Hoy is the Olympic sprint champion. You try
and keep a lid on it but eventually it comes out. A Night to Remember.
The BBC Sports personality of the year 2008 is Chris Foy. To be
crowned Sports personality of the year it means so much. A thunderous
applause. The crowd are going absolutely mad. Gold medal for
Great Britain. A new world record. Chris Horley gets the gold medal in
the keirin. His 6th gold medal -- I am going to cry. You can have had
no idea what lay ahead Aviv. Not at all and to think I would still be
riding my bike in my mid-thirties, to make a living out of riding a
bike which was something I never thought would be possible. It
started out as a hobby. I love the sport and still do. It is amazing.
When you look back, some of those clips are so old, they should be
Those narrow frames! It is lovely to have such a nice memories and
your team mates from over the years. I am not retiring yet, but it is a
time in your career to look back and reflect. I am very proud and it
is nice to have these amazing memories. Victoria Pendleton has
retired which leaves an opportunity in the Sprint. Let's hear from
Becky James. How do you feel to be looked at as maybe the next
Victoria Pendleton? It is quite exciting. To live up to the
standard of anything she has done would be unbelievable. I am looking
forward to stepping in and getting the racing in. In the past I have
not had chances to go to the World Cup. Hopefully I'll get a chance to
race with the Jessica Varnish around the world. How frustrating
was it to watch the London Olympics? Obviously you enjoyed
your team-mates's gross excess? But there must be some mixed feelings.
After a accepted it, I'd just got back into training. Watching the
Olympics motivated my training, thinking how much I wanted to be
there some day. I was training with the boys constantly and they really
pushed me on. It was probably one of the most frustrating times of my
life, but to see everyone do so well was inspiring. How would you
compare yourself to Victoria, you have different physique, you are
much taller, how would you describe yourself? I don't really know what
to say. I want to be an all-round rider, I don't want to specialise
in one thing. I think I can aim for all three events. Jessica is a fast
rider over the lap, but she had Victoria in the other events. I am
not specialise to one certain thing. I think I'm an all-rounder. Among
stole the celebration of the Games, the one heartbreak story was
Jessica Varnish going away with the medal disqualification. But she has
a new partnership now, how do you see that shaping up? They have got
the potential to be world beaters. Jessica deserve to get something
for the four years of hard work. She performed very well, a personal
best at the Games. One of the heartbreaking moments in sport.
Hopefully in years to come she will realise that in a different context
and it will drive her honour. She has a great future, obviously with
Becky as well. She has been a junior world champion, Commonwealth
Games finalist. She really knows how to read a race well. It may
well push each other on and inspire each other. Victoria did not have
that through much of her career, she was on her own. It was cold as
a team and on Saturday they went sprint getting underway. It brings
together Becky James and Jessica Varnish. They qualified second and
third which means they were destined to meet at this stage of
the competition. The rider at the back here wearing the black and
white Helmand is a Becky James of Wales. -- helmet. I think we would
give the nod to Becky James as far of her as having a more sprint
experience. It must be quite refreshing for Jess FA wish to have
a change of scene. A full house begging here, and the two you were
looking at on the track already have won gold medal in their pocket
here from the competition having clinched the team's sprint. They
are racing against each other today. Two laps to go in semi-final number
two. Becky James content at the moment to stop her opponent and
wait for the opportunity to bounce. There is no messing about, they are
both accelerating. Great move there by Becky James, a former junior
world champion. The Welsh girl is on fire here. She is very young,
but she is maturing all the time. Down the finishing straight,
Jessica Varnish get sit on the line! She finally topples James on
the final launch for the line. was certainly interesting to watch.
We could see the experience of Becky James. Jessica Varnish did
not panic, she waited, accelerated down the back straight. She waited
until the final straight before pushing for home. Very well timed.
Here is a chance to see how the tactic developed. James using the
height, she went for the inside position. I did not think Jessica
Varnish had the firepower to get on terms with James. They are so
evenly matched her looking at that qualifying time, but she played it
so well in the backstreets. -- it race won, Jessica Varnish. Res two
of the second semi-final of the women's sprint. A brilliant display
of acceleration by Jessica Varnish. Becky James at the front here, the
Welsh git -- girl got a silver in in this competition. You have to
remember these two have been in competition to get that teams
banned place with the Victoria Pendleton. Jessica Varnish is 22 on
Monday. If she could win this competition that that would be a
wonderful birthday present. These are the likely two that will
represent Britain in Rio. Two laps to go, the second semi-final of the
women's sprint. It is an all- British affair. Becky James leading
at the moment. Jessica Varnish brimming over with confidence.
Becky James is trying to control takes the second one! We will have
come into play. James managed to control that race very well indeed.
She did not give Jessica Varnish the chance to accelerated down that
back straight. I wonder how much energy it will take out of both of
these riders having to go to three, when the other two tidy their semi-
finals up in two. It was a determined effort by James. She
wanted another race, she wanted to take it to a decider. The two
then Becky James took race two. Jessica Varnish has probably got a
slightly bigger engine. Becky James 20-year-old representing Great
Britain. Her team-mate, Jessica Varnish. The winner of this clash
will going to the final and race cannot let James control the race.
Varnish looks as though she wants to ride from the front. She feels
as though this is her best chance. There is work to do here for Becky
James. Varnish settling down to the job in hand. On the line, Jessica
Varnish wins and goes through to the final. There was no hesitation
that there from Becky James. She gave her an awful lot of rope, and
in the end it was just too much. She was closing, but her timing was
out. Varnish, obviously fully confident she could hold off James
for a full lap. High am surprised by that one. I really am. James
gave her a lot of distance. The street it is 10m longer. There we
are. Jessica Varnish very happy with that result. They are great
friends. It is all about what to Jessica Varnish can do when she
shapes up against the German. Two competitors here riding in races
the competitor from Hong Kong. A great opportunity for Becky James
to get a medal. She was only just beaten here by Jessica Varnish. It
was a close-fought thing. She needs to try and get in control here.
They know each other well. Becky James lost 2-1 to her in Colombia.
I do think the young rider from Wales can take her competitor to
the limit. James takes it on the line! That crouching familiar style
of her as. Sharp acceleration, but she did not need that to there. She
was able to accelerate at her own pace. You're going there long way
round to get around to a competitor. In the home straight, you're
effectively going downhill. That was a great win for Becky James.
She has an excellent chance of waiting to come out of the
slipstream. Using the slight downhill on the finishing straight
to get herself in front. Jess Varnish is racing against the
former junior world champion, Kristina Vogel. Kristina Vogel
leads off on the inside. Kristina Vogel is an Olympic gold medallist.
Jess Varnish is fired up for this one. She rode strongly in the semi-
final. I think she will stretch Kristina Vogel. Kristina Vogel has
a lot of experience in this event. She is on great form. Jess Varnish
has a battle on her hands. She has had to work hard to get here.
Kristina Vogel is a former junior world champion. She knows she has
the ability. Different styles of sprinting. Jess Varnish is a
typical 500 metres star rider, likes to go for a long sprint.
Kristina Vogel keepy control by -- ridden. Kristina Vogel is too
quick for her. The German takes it. A good tactical move by Jess
Varnish but left itself with too much to do. Kristina Vogel made it
look like she was at full tilt. spirited effort by Varnish. As they
come to the line, she closed it significantly. Three-quarters of a
bike length. This is race two in victory is going to elevate her
confidence. It gives you owe her bit of conference to take some
the last 24 months. She took bronze Abergavenny. She is growing in
confidence all the time, a talented trying to encourage her to lead out
Kong to take it on. James is settling down to try and come round.
Can she do it? No, no, it was tight. Race took goes to Hong Kong. --
was very small. It just wasn't enough. Tactics are critical here.
This was the builder. I thought the fact Lee stalled a little bit. She
hesitated. But the difference. She waited and waited and launched a
little bit later. -- that's the lulling her into a false sense of
security. We now have to go it engine she's been developing. There
was a technical infringement but the fall was there. She is really
going to have to pull everything out here to beat the German. She
needs to keep control of the race. Kristina Vogel is the pure sprinter.
Varnish, we saw in the semi-final, is the pure sprinter. Just Varnish
is a powerful. She is very very strong. They are pushing and
shoving him. Varnish gets to the front. She must feel confident she
can lead this out. She would try to stop the German using the speeches
got. She will try and intimidate her. Varnish is gambling on the
long one. Kristina Vogel try to ExCel right. Yes, she wins. The
Varnish is getting the silver and Kristina Vogel gets the gold. The
victory salute. She worked at the tactics and tried but it didn't
bigger engine and were confident to win from either front or back.
There we are, the German rolling onto the line. She wins gold.
won the decider. Becky James won the first race. It will be about
tactics. They have been so evenly matched in the competition. It is
about getting the tactics just right. A slight mistake on timing
by Becky James or an improvement by Lee changed the results. It is
going to be close. Very little to choose between them. Can a Becky
James at the Proms to the silver Jess Varnish has already won? --
by the looks of it. Discouraging Becky James from going for the long
one. The same tactics. One and a quarter laps to go. They are
beginning to get it is turning. Lee in the whites, a tactical move by
James. Becky James said thank you, I take the invitation. You need
courage and bravery to do that. Here she comes. The bronze medal
goes to Becky James. Brilliantly written, tactically astute. That
was a gutsy move. She did not hesitate. Lee was shocked for an
instant. An instant is all it took. Some fantastic reactions. Seizing
the opportunity, absolutely commitment to go for the gap. She
kept the height coming in to the final lap. She had the extra
acceleration. A smile to melt your heart. Spellbinding action. It was
a spellbinding move. You can see the height she has got. She waited
for Lee to glance back and dived underneath. It was all the
opportunity she needed. It was tactics but decided. But really was
a fantastic news. The outcome changed in the blink of an eye.
James took the opportunity, accelerated away. It's all over.
Because she came underneath she got extra height to come down the track
with extra acceleration. That was great. There's a big representation
from the James dynasty here. That from the James dynasty here. That
will please them. That move got eight nods of approval. That was
gutsy. When you watch the video it looks straightforward, go for the
gap but when you're racing on the track and it is a split-second
decision you realise if you make that it is all or nothing. It could
have been a clash, she might have fallen off or been blocked. She did
it and its debt. When you start a race, you have a plan beforehand
but then you have to change it depending on what happens. Yes, you
can the complicate the sprint. It is best to keep it simple. That is
what the coach is said to me. Anything can happen, you can have a
plan, you can draw the line, you can know roughly what to starts as
but you have to be flexible to have a change of position in the heat of
the moment. Often it is instinctive and Becky has the instincts.
surprise was the fact it was Jess Varnish who got the gold medal
right. Not a surprise because they are so evenly matched. But he does
have a history of racing well at this level at Commonwealth Games
and in previous events. Jess is so fast. She has the acceleration, the
straight line speed. Jess is still a razor. She has the ability. It
has all been about team sprint until the Olympic Games. It was
hard to call. You would never have been able to pick one or the other.
They were evenly matched. I know it is done and dusted but it seems a
shame that the rules have changed. You felt foul of it, the individual.
Might it be changed? You never know with the UCI, the governing body,
it is not too controversial to say they do not represent the wishes
and believes of many of the riders they are supposed to represent.
They often make decisions out of the blue without any consultation
with the riders. You look at an event but the sprint and it doesn't
encourage young riders to come through. Most nations have one or
rider who is favourite for the Games, me and Jason had a battle
for the spot, Jason got it deservedly so. But what about the
others? They have to wait until someone retires until they can step
into the shoes. It is frustrating for younger athletes and does not
help the sport developed by not giving the younger athletes a
chance. Thankfully we do have younger riders coming through and
you never know. Maybe you have a career with the use the I! A busy
weekend for Jess and Becker. Now, one bronze in the keirin in her
career. Jess Varnish of Great Britain will be in high spirits
this morning. She secured a silver medal in the Sprint last night.
They had some issues with the Tinne The maximum speed in the women's
Keirin, just slightly lower than though it is just the heats,
building for this afternoon's finals. The pace lifting all a time,
the drone of the engine is getting slightly louder. The speed is
getting quicker all the time. Three laps to go in heat of one of the
women's Keirin. This is the first round. They have got just over one-
and-a-half laps to sort it out for stops the first moves are starting
to develop. The middle of the pack is the place to be right now.
Jessica Varnish has some work to do, but a gap has opened up for her.
First two go through by rights. Here is an early move by a leaf
Hong Kong. Jessica Varnish finishing second. She moves into
the next round by right. That was strong. Varnish almost got into a
little bit of trouble but found her way back around the outside. A late
challenge came, we can see that in the shot. Varnish made the right
move, but the danger was coming on her own side. The judges are so
strict now, constantly watching the lines. People moving off the line,
cannot be construed as getting in the wake of the rider. There is the
first two are going to the final by rights. Britain represented by
that is Jessica Varnish. Can Becky James joined her? There is another
factor in this racing. Most of these competitors have done a lot
of racing already. It is about who recovers well over the course of
the three days. There are tired legs in there. There certainly are.
And Becky James won herself a bronze medal last night. She is
happy to be an almost last position at the moment. Nothing really
happens on until the daily swings out of the way. There is plenty of
time yet. Becky has already got one gold medal in her pocket from the
competition here, that came on day one in the Sprint. Can the two
British competitors make it through to the next round of that Keirin?
Four more laps to go. Starting to move up than in anticipation.
laps to go in heat two, round one of the women's Keirin. Becky James
moving up into second position. James looking as if she would like
to get into the front position but the rider from Russia will not let
her. She is in a difficult position. You have to make a choice, on the
front or on the wheel. She is being held at the moment. The rider from
position she will qualify. James takes it on the line. A great
finish by her. The Russian will join her. She is clearly in great
shape. She spent a lot of time on the outside riding in the wind. The
confidence of was that there. The Spaniard coming over the top was
perfect for her. She even had the legs to come around on the line.
Looking good for this afternoon. Certainly. This is where Becky
James profited from the fact the Spanish woman went early and she
had a youth we look to a map. was almost scripted for her there.
winning. This means that two British competitors are through to
the next round. Three laps to go in the third and final heat of round
one of the women's Keirin. It is the first two to qualify and the
good news is, the two riders from fire, Kristina Vogel, who won the
gold medal last night. She is dictating the terms here. The
German is going to take it. She goes through to the next round
cleanly. The other qualifier is The men sprint is underway. It was
not straightforward for a Chris's It is a new track with dust on it
and I believe some writers have been having problems with the
sleepiness. This was the restart. A bit of a slip Mayor, but you can
see his tyre has actually come off hanging off. There is no way you
can hold that, I am impressed he lasts that long. Essentially, it is
a tubes so none was in the tyre and stuck on by glue. Sometimes they
pop off and that is what happened there. That is am not a nice fall,
he landed on his head. He landed with full force. He will feel that
in the morning. Two aborted attempts in that round of 16. We
can now catch up with what happened when they tried it, third-time
lucky hopefully for Phil Heinz. Heat seven of the men sprint. The
bulls are quite simple here. It is these two riders trying to sort
this out. They have both had a crash. I have noticed Philip Hindes
has the same clothing on, they are full of holes. He has chosen to
keep the same clothing on. There is a lot of dust as well. I wonder if
that is responsible for a very slippery track. Philip Hindes on
the front, wary of his opponent. Probably the more experienced of
the two when it comes to the sprint. They have both been in the war
years. At least that part of it is even. The prize at stake is a place
in the quarter-finals. Philip Hindes looking to gather himself to
That was eight mistake by Philip Hindes. He did everything right, he
kept moving, he just carried on a quarter of a lap too far. His
opponent it took the initiative. said earlier that we felt the rider
from the Czech Republic was the most experienced. Philip Hindes is
certainly quite. He was drafted in last minute for the Olympic Games.
He does have a lack of experience in the sprint event, but that is
why he is here. A man that can write 17.24 the sprint event has
the potential to develop. He did Disappointment for Philip Hindes
there. The guys in commentary talking about his inexperience.
spoke to one of the coaches earlier on it who said that if he learns
from all the mistakes he has made this weekend, he will be an expert.
To be fair to him, it has been a massive build up to become Olympic
champion aged 19 and then have this short period to get back into
training and be thrown into the deep end. It is all new experience
for him, he has made a couple of mistakes and he has fallen off. But
he has this four year period to hopefully branch out a little bit.
Two potentially become a sprint or a Keirin rider. It has changed his
life. He was born and raised in Germany, his dad is English. He has
now come back to the UK, three years ago, and he has been an
integral part and one of the reasons we won the gold medal in
the team sprint. He came in and improved so quickly. To do 17.2
seconds at that age, usually you have to do years of strength
training and development to produce that. It is hard to predict how far
he could go. His talent seems unending if he can just keep his
head on and focused. Talk about that rivalry between Jessica at and
Becky, potentially with Jason and Philip Hindes? Absolutely. There
are numerous guys in the system up coming through the who we could be
talking about in a very short space of time. Jason needs that upward
pressure from the younger guys, like I had when I was trying to
keep myself going. It is important, In terms of your mentoring role, do
you take that very seriously, or you focusing on Chris Hoy, rider in
your own right? A little bit of both. I always tried to do what
Dames McLean did for me. It wasn't really the coaching infrastructure,
that there is now. I was very lucky to have Jason and Craig, they were
faster, more able and more experienced, and I could learn from
them. I tried to do the same. It's tough, these guys are fighting for
your spot. You do all you can to help them, but you make sure that
you are sorted first. Let's go to our first allied action, the men's
sprint semi-finals. The man next to Good afternoon to Hugh Porter. You
are looking fine, gentleman. Looking forward to the action?
certainly am, a fantastic mix of disciplines, Laura Trott is flying
around here. We had a duty semis final situation. -- we have a duty
semi-final situation. We have the Keirin to look forward to, we have
Jess Varnish, all in all I think it will be a good afternoon. These two
Germans are very strong in the sprint? We could be looking at the
final. Unfortunately, because all the way they qualified, they are up
against each other now. It will be for the first semi-final. It could
be a good tussle. Robert Forster man has muscles on his muscles. He
Dimitriev, the Russian. He was 5th in the Sprint in London. He's been
around a bit. I think you have to favour the masterly German, here.
He looks like he's wearing a muzzle suit, like you get for a fancy-
dress party. Chris Hoy will probably make a
comment about him. If my memory serves me correctly, I think it was
him that jumped away from him when they met in Manchester, he got the
better of the great Kris Boyd. Denis Dimitriev is leading at the
moment. About 26 years of age, Forstemann, the masterly German
glides away from the opposition and that leads the team sprint one
available. Very, very strong. A very different line of development.
If you watch the British sprinters, they are much finer. Still very
powerful builds, but the Germans have a real power development
approach to these games. It seems to be working well. They certainly
do their work in the gym. Some heavy squatting. Forstemann first
wins round one. Race two, they are going to bring out Stefan
Boetticher of Germany. Chris Hoy gave me the heads upon this fellow,
about 12 months ago. He said, watch this guy, he has a big future. He
beat Forstemann on the way. He is starting to reflect class and speed.
He has opposition from Spain, the third quickest in the time trial.
Of course, Stefan Boetticher of Germany has won gold medal, having
won the Keirin yesterday. Germans, I can't see how anybody is
German. They have real strength in depth, the sprinting squad. In the
run-up to the Olympic Games, they really stepped up their game. They
are carrying on the momentum after the Olympics. The old double straps,
for the sprinting. No desire to halt the fat, or an clip. -- pull
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds
after the Olympics. No unnecessary qualification, this morning. Just
100 shy of going inside the ten- second mark. He's in good form, in
curious form, the young German. Some fast sprinting, for this point
in the calendar. I mentioned it several times, after the Olympic
Games, there can be a lull while people reorganise themselves. They
are getting themselves back into this new track season. Some of the
against it, here. What we have seen in the preliminary rounds, we
forecast after the time trial round but we thought it would be an all-
German final. I'd be very surprised if it isn't. The pace is just
beginning to lift. Still looking for the surprise attack. Just
wondering if the German is going to I think that will play into the
hands of the German. On to the shoulder. Stefan Boetticher of
Germany, at a canter. It's hard to know what he could do. He wanted to
be in second position, he was happy Germany. He gets the bit between
his teeth and there is no stopping a big thighs. Forstemann?
They are, they are like nothing anybody had ever seen before. I
think it is exaggerated because of his height, his legs are quite
short and it emphasises the cartoon nature of his thighs. He tried a
bit of a march at the World Championships, right from the gun
he just went, rather than this cat- and-mouse? Yes, nice of you to
mention that(!) Thanks for bringing that up. He beat you? The first
round of the world championships, 2010. Normally it is nice and
steady, there is some cat and mouse. He literally just went on the gun
for three laps. He had a big gap of about 40 metres on me. I slowly got
it back but I didn't catch him. I had to go back, and it messed up my
world championships. You make that mistake once, you're always aware
of it from then on. Jason Kenny did the same in the world championships
in Melbourne. He did beat him, but he was relegated for flicking out.
We are going to turn our thoughts to the omnium, which means the
appearance of Victoria -- Laura Trott. Although Victoria Pendleton
might be in Strictly Come Dancing, Laura Trott has The X Factor.
knows what is at stake. A gold medal is going to be for Laura
Trott! It went down to the wire! seems no time at all since we were
in the Olympic Velodrome. What is the focus now? Has it been
difficult to motivate yourself? feel like motivation was not a
problem for me. I wanted to get back on the bike. I was missing his
after the Games. You almost crave it, it is an everyday thing for me.
Now, this isn't a target, this is just going to enjoy the home crowd,
new track. With the new team, as well, which we have not put on the
track before. That will be good. The main target, I want to win
worlds again. I want to get the titles that I'm going for. Then we
are looking forward to the Commonwealth Games, that is the
first stepping stone, and then onto Rio. And your first visit to
Scotland, shame on you, not coming here before! Looking at your
schedule, you are going to be busy. You are writing the omnium and it
is the kind of event that you add on as a result of your training for
the team pursued. Where do you think you are as far as the omnium
is concerned? -- team pursuits. Form comes with team pursuit. I
normally judge how well I'm going to do on how that goes. We are not
in world record shape, far from it. It's just about getting the best
ride there. The omnium, for me, it is about having fun. Just going out,
enjoying my bike racing and learning from what I didn't do at
the Games. Although I won, it wasn't a perfect scenario. I went
into the last rites, -- race, well behind where I should have been. So
I just want to do new things, try things and see what happens. This
isn't the target, the worlds is. To do new things here is only going to
help me. She really is a superstar. So much so that her boyfriend,
Jason Kenny, has one more gold medal and he says he is referred to
as Laura Trott's boyfriend! have to feel sorry for him, he is
the plus one everywhere he goes. But she is a superstar already. The
crowd love her. They see their way that she responds, the way that she
races, 1920 years of age, she has the world at her feet.
certainly has. We are talking about her taking over from Victoria
Pendleton as the Queen of the track, she is that already. Yes, she has
the same number of medals as Victoria Pendleton, so she is one
of the big names on the world track cycling stage. In case you have
forgotten, the omnium is multi events on a bike. We are going to
see the scratch race and time trial later. Let's catch up with the
rolling with the 250 metres flying lap. The time was enough to give
her 4th place after this first event. The fastest time was Ashlee
Ankudinoff of Australia. Next, the points race. Britain's Olympic
champion won one of the Olympic sprints and she was in close
attendance for a couple more. The final sprint was won by Ankudinoff.
The Australian is bringing some good form in today's Glasgow World
Cup. She narrowly leads the field after those first two disciplines.
for the British Colors, she is wearing the world championship
jersey which is the world omnium champion. That is the ultimate
tizzy to wear. It's the white jersey with rainbow stripes. --
the rider from Finland is the first to be eliminated. Well, that was
easy. That is the 29-year-old from Finland. That was easy to spot.
don't think it will stay like that for the entire race at all. She is
out. At the moment, she is last in the omnium. She had an 18th place
and she is way out of the standings. Now it's the rider from Spain in
trouble. I'm quite surprised, because she is a very good rider.
It is actually the rider from Hong there. Two riders are eliminated
already. It is almost to a gentle start, they haven't really got
fired up yet. Ashlee Ankudinoff will have to work. She is moving,
she saw the danger. Is she going to get through? We have got a crash!
Now umber eight team, the German is out. -- number 18. The riders will
be asked to ride above the blue. That is a heavy fall. You can just
Manning the coach holding up Laura Trott. He was the leader of man for
the team pursued for many years. Olympic Commonwealth and world
champion. And he is proving to be a very good coach. I think he is the
most successful coach for a Team GB of all times. I bet he never
thought he would end as the coach. He got a degree in geology, but he
is now all a brilliant coach. a non- neutralised Lapper again as
everybody battles to get themselves at the front. -- lap. Once again,
it is the fastest lap we have seen. It is the Italian at the back who
finds her weight on the outside. It is Ryan of either -- Island, she
may get through here. Ryan is boxed in at the bottom. It will be
difficult to get out of that. People want to hold to their so
they can control the pace and use you as cannon fodder. Ryan of
Ireland is the first eliminations. Number 22. In case you did not
catch the men event at last night, the light on the handlebars flash
when they are out to make sure they know when to leave the race. Who is
it going to be this time? The pressure at the back of the field
is almost intolerable. It looks like the rider from Belarus,
Tatsiana Sharakova. No, I think it is the 34. Was it? I think it was.
Yes. But it is the rider from Thailand. She knows. Now the
American is in a little bit of trouble here. I am quite surprised
the way it Ashlee Ankudinoff is riding. She must be brimming over
with confidence. Laura Trott is at the front. Mexican out this time, I
think. Yes. Laura Trott in a perfect position, second position,
she has got some shelter and plenty of room to manoeuvre. Ashlee
Ankudinoff riding at the back, very strange. The American Higgins in
the hot seat. There is nowhere to go. That looked like number elevens.
The Spanish rider. Yes. The field thinning out. Still, the 21-year-
old Australian riding this from the back. An amazing tactic. Just
moving up on cue. Tatsiana Sharakova is doing a fantastic job
for Laura Trott. Raising the pace. Higgins could be in trouble this
time. I think it is that the French woman. The same thing again, in the
middle of the pack, it tries to squeeze forward and finds there is
no room. And now it is the rider from Poland in a perfect position.
The American again, she is making hard work of this. We have seen
Laura Trott read like this remember. We thought she was in trouble when
in actual fact she had it completely under control. It is the
rider from the Czech Republic. And we are thinning down the field.
Ashlee Ankudinoff moves up and the American is still sitting at the
back. Maybe they had been studying the Laura Trott Guide! Higgins at
the back, on the inside of her his Tatsiana Sharakova of. These two
are duelling for the back positions. Tatsiana Sharakova looks to be the
victim this time, but can she move up the outside? Yes, and it is
Higgins. Finally, the American it is eliminated. It is a game you can
only play for so long. Laura Trott has taken it on it now. What
strange how she got in her legs? Pretty good, this is the time to
make a move its. Not much more than ten laps to go now. Trott is riding
well. The Venezuelan is out. think she might have been
disqualified for being off the track. Seven left. Laura Trott
dictating this, keeping them on her shoulder. The Queen of the
Elimination contest. On the inside, the Australian, Chris, that is not
good. She is in a box and will have to come round the long way. It was
tight, she did. Laura Trott has ridden this in a different way than
usual. She has barely been out of the top two. Again, Ashlee
Ankudinoff is at the back. She must be very confident. Laura Trott is a
little bit swamped there. She is checking over her shoulder. Again,
nemesis go out. Laura Trott is under pressure. But with a little
bit of acceleration she just moves up the side and the crowd love it.
Was that the Australian? It was Alex macro --! This could turn the
overall positions upside down. Tatsiana Sharakova is still in
there. She could become the new leader if she can remain in the
race. This is an important sprint. Tatsiana Sharakova does not have
the legs! We are down to three. did a lot of work earlier on in the
race, perhaps she is paying the And this is the one she would love
to get. It is her favourite event. Here she comes! She has got the
measure of the other athletes. It is going down to two. The Russian
has conceded. And that is the final sprint. It is our Laura Trott
verses the world scratched champion of from Poland. -- world scratched
Laura Trott wins and gets a standing ovation. Laura Trott, the
world champion. A lovely piece of riding. That one she wrote first
and second position all the way through. -- rode. We have now got a
tyre for the first position thanks to that. -- a tie. And she has her
key event to come at the end. used to say it was Queen Victoria.
And when she retired I said, Stepaside, here comes the Lady in
Waiting. Look at that smile, one day to go. Laura Trott has
elevated herself up to fourth, one. Shy of the medal positions. Here
the first event of the third day. She loves the time trial here. The
Flying Lap and the pursuit, this is her at her strongest. A indeed.
This actually was the fastest time of the day so that was great from
Laura Trott. It is the athlete with the least. That wins. And there we
go. The standings after four events. Laura Trott equal to Ashlee
So, women doing particularly well here. There is a new development.
We have these men teams in the Tour de France. Bradley Wiggins and his
foundation have got involved. We have Laura up Trott as part of that.
Do you know much about what is happening with that? Not too much.
Probably as much as you. It is about time we got a professional
women's team which can focus on the track and the road. It is fantastic
to have this team, and to give them the right support and the chance to
shine. Something you have been involved in was the legacy of this
track. Getting young kids involved in cycling. On Friday we had 1000
local schoolkids here. They live near the Velodrome and have seen it
being built, this was a chance for them to experience track cycling
and hopefully it has inspired them. Schools are getting a chance to
come and have a go on the track. If anyone has an aptitude for it, they
can keep going and there will be a competitions for them. Hopefully it
will inspire people to get involved. It is about giving people the
chance to try the sport and reap finals. You can see both of the
can possibly not both go through to the final, Forstemann and Stefan
Boetticher. What can Denis Dimitriev do? Well, he is sprinting
well. But Forstemann is clearly better. I can't see anything he can
do, really. A very capable sprinter huge problem. He has to work out
how he can beat this muscly German. It will be interesting if he can
try and do belong one, nobody has gone for that yet in this
competition, just go full-on from the start. He's got nothing to lose.
If he can get this one, it could be quite telling. It's a tactic that
Jason Kenny used in the world championships in Melbourne and it
nearly paid off. Well, it's not been used for several years, it is
all or nothing. If it doesn't come off, your opponent, who has been
sitting out of the wind behind you, is going to walk all over you. It
really is do-or-die. But a couple of people had employed it, because
it has been used for ages, and that gives it an element of surprise.
I'll tell you what, the noise in this arena, it would resonate all
the way around the Velodrome. It's the kind of thing we like to see.
It is possibly his only chance, to try to jump away. But he's just too
strong and powerful. It has to be tactical, it's not going to be
physical. Forstemann is not going to give him the opportunity. He
German and now he will just forced it to the line. 2-02 Robert
under a lap to go and he was on the shoulder. Forstemann spotted the
danger and he drove hard to stop him getting that advantage. That is
where the race was won and lost. But once he had gone into the front,
there was no way, really, that the Russian was going to get back over
the top. Just outgunned. The wind, blowing backwards almost, at that
kind of speed. So, Forstemann, 2-0, next one. This young German, Stefan
Boetticher, against Peralta Gascon special. They will be watching that
now, because he is the only man may have got. The man with dynamite in
his thighs. Look at those shoulders. He is such a different build to any
on your side. He would be great if very impressed with, Stefan
Boetticher. A very young face. I tell you what, he rides with an
Spaniard is to lead off. He's not going to be able to jump away, from
talking about. On his way up to the senior rank, he got himself a
silver medal in the World Junior one of those green markers against
sprinter. That is, of course, relative to the rest of the
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. I understand that tickets went almost
within minutes of being advertised, such is the popularity of the sport
they come round with three laps to go. The only opportunity is trying
Boetticher, haven't you? He's brimming with confidence, the young
this in the saddle. He hasn't applied full pressure and Peralta
is just trying to cling to his coat-tails. So, we have a German
about managed to get him up on to the wheel. But absolutely nothing
to come around. Fast sprints, 10.2, 10.4. Very quick. So, an all-German
final to come. That is Forstemann against Stefan Boetticher, in the
That's going to be a good final? is. I think most people are
expecting Forstemann to win. But I reckon that Stefan Boetticher could
pull off a surprise. I think he's got a bit more adaptability than
Forstemann. He's very good at the late, Short, acceleration based
sprints, but Stefan Boetticher can go wrong, he can go from two lapse
out. If he could force him to get onto pace early on, he can have a
chance of competing from the back. If he can prevent him from getting
to the front, I think he could beat him. How much analysis goes into
looking at your opponents? In cricket, you analyse batsmen and
see where their weaknesses are. You sit down with the coaches,
Forstemann, this is his weakness and this is his strength, and sort
out a plan? It's funny, in most other events you focus on yourself,
you focus on your performance. You don't worry about your rivals, what
they are doing. In the sprint, you analyse their strengths and
weaknesses. We have an iPad and you will send information straight
there, it will analyse the race immediately and you can look at the
different strengths and weaknesses of your opponents. The guys will be
spending a lot of time right now. It's difficult when it's your team-
mate, they train together and know each other very well. They will
know, first hand, the experience of what it is like to race with each
other and trained with each other. Let's swap to Keirin. In Heaton, we
have Jess Varnish. You can see the riots that she has had in the last
few days. But they are both incredible athletes and will be
able to deal with that workload. Presumably it will be sandy Clare
or the Hong Kong rider, she will try to use them, get a bit of a
draft. Conserve energy? Conserve your energy, savoured for the final.
Make sure you are in the final. -- heat in the second round of the
women's Keirin. Nobody knows more about riding three events and
winning three gold medals than Kris Boyd. He will know just what it is
like. He will now how much fatigue the British competitors are
carrying. Varnish was second in the after the silver medal in the
sprint last night. Just pipped to before it swings off. In the
women's Keirin, it is 45 mph. That is just slightly slower than the
men's. The sound is getting louder, indicating that the speed is
lifting. You expect fireworks in Then the riders will launch
themselves into a flat-out sprint. It is the first three over the line.
It's about getting yourself going to get themselves into
position. Already, we can see some movement. Some gaps starting to
fall. The Day and Co is still third spot. That is Clare. And
Varnish, they are going to hit the line with 250 to go. Jess Varnish
has tried to come through on the wheel of Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong.
Jess Varnish looks like she is struggling. A lot of action over
the last two days, it is Clare that was on Lee's wheel. I think Varnish
are thought, you know what, she's not going to do it. Lee held her on
the shoulder round that was the problem. She was out in the wind
The Varnish obviously carrying the fatigue. She will now be in the
whole thing was set up a much further back. These two clearly
ahead of the rest. Jessica Varnish the final. She wins he'd won.
Second-placed Lee from Hong Kong. Jessica Varnish will line up in the
minor final. Great Britain still has another chance with Becky James
going in the second heat. Becky James, a former junior world
champion. 20 years of age. Just having the look, it is quite a
tough line up in her look -- in her heat. It will be hotly contested.
You know Keirins, everything can change so quickly. There is
Kristina Vogel. On very good form, having won the sprint already. She
has so many gold medals. Gold medal in London and Melbourne. Always a
danger in these rounds when there's three to qualify it that you start
to think, it is just about qualifying. If you go for the win
and it does not work out but you finish second or third. If you
think about just getting into the top three, that is a dangerous mine
said. Someone to take the pace from would-be Kristina Vogel, for Becky
James. James is on the outside. James's right there on the outside.
And on the inside his Kristina Becky James. There is the woman in
superb form at the moment, and that being given to Becky James by Jan
Van Eijden, the former world champion. The German coach who
works brilliantly with the British set up. He instigated a massive
change in the British set-up. The British were known as the fastest
qualifiers for some years. He brought in a wealth of tactical
knowledge. It was a real impetus for the change. Because he is so
fit, he still rides, he gets on the track and trains with these riders.
It has made a huge difference. Kristina Vogel, second wheel.
Varnish is in a great position. -- Becky James is in a great position.
You have got to favour Kristina Vogel, but it Becky can profit from
her moves. She just needs to be Stretching on to a maximum of 45
for that bike. A bit of daylight appearing. There is a ten-metre
rule that has been brought into play. It is still quite a lot of
leeway to be honest. That is to shoulders. They know we are getting
to the business end of the contest. We're starting to get moves
developing from behind and Becky James has noticed she needs to stay
in touch. Coming down the finishing straight, it will be two laps to go.
They move us from the French competitor. It looks like she has
found herself a spot, she is still in with a good shout. She has found
herself a way through on the inside. Becky James going well. She is
trying to get onto the side of Kristina Vogel. A terrific effort
on the line! Third place was James and she will get through to the
final. Good riding by Becky James and that sees her through to the
final. It was a very committed ride. She did not take any chances.
Looked a little bit sketchy, but she found her way through and kept
driving on the shoulder of Kristina Vogel. Have a look at this
acceleration. A a very impressive finish. She used the height on the
track. Very strong. She almost the snatched it from Kristina Vogel in
the end. There was a little coming together, but I don't think we will
hear any more about that. Good news, we have got British representation
in the final. Becky James was third in that heat and gets into the
Chris, you call that right for Jessica Varnish. It was a race too
many. It has been a great weekend for her, but you could see it in
her legs that she did not have the gas to keep up. Although she is
extremely motivated to have a great track programme, she has got all
that emotional stuff from what she went through at the Games. She is
perhaps more tired than she thinks. She was determined to get straight
back on the track and into the gym after the Olympics. Time will tell.
I think she will keep going until the world champions, and I think
she should have a break after that. She has not really come to terms
with the fact that she missed out on getting a medal at the Olympics.
The time will come for her. She has such ability and commitment. But
she has to be patient. Having said that, a great weekend. She has
ridden well all weekend. Becky James will be in the final. Talk us
through how she did. She was a shoulder of Kristina Vogel. That
acceleration and forced Kristina Vogel to make a move. She is
pushing a lot of her own error there. -- her own air there.
talked about pushing your own air. What sort of difference does that
make in terms of power output? faster you go, the more important
their dynamic efficiency is. The power has to increase by the square
of the speed. The faster you go, the harder it is with air
resistance. It is all about air If you are at the front for 2.5
laps, it would be very difficult, pushing your own air. Kristina
Vogel is looking very strong. The Germans have brought some great
form. They have. Have I am surprised they have such a strong
team in the four year cycle. But it is great that the top guys are here.
Max is going very well at the moment. British cycling knows all
about getting it right. That is the magic things. It is about one day,
up for a two or three days every four years. You have to get it
right. It almost does not matter what you have been doing in those
four years, it is those days which count. World Championships, World
Cups, they are all important that the Olympics is the big one. From
springs to endurance now. We will catch up from yesterday. Martin
Irvin was very good in the Scratch Race. He has his hands full up
representing Denmark is Lasse Hansen, the Olympic Omnium champion.
He is riding against Martyn Irvine of Ireland. Martyn Irvine it posted
a personal best this morning, but he is 1.8 slower than the Danish
competitor. It is visibly quicker than the bronze medal ride off, we
can see that already. He finished second in the Scratch Race, but for
me he got man of the Match award. He Lasse Hansen has started quickly.
Such a talented rider. When he won the that Omnium in London he was
sensational. He is a former junior Individual Pursuit champion as well.
He knows how to measure his efforts across the 16 laps. Martin Irvin
has a lot of work to do. -- Martyn Irvine. He has gone out quick. He
is being shown by his coach he is well up on the schedule they have
set. Maybe he has gone out to quick. Wonderful style by Lasse Hansen. He
comes from a town in Denmark which has produced a few great riders. He
is following in a great tradition. Martyn Irvine is falling back on
his schedule. He is not losing any more ground. He might be the one
who has pace this well. We will keep an eye on this. The pursued is
one at the end. You have got to measure your effort. -- per suit.
Martyn Irvine starting to lose a little bit of ground. He knows the
champion seven times. But you were looking at a rider here with a big
future, hass freelance and. I feel sure one of the big professional
teams will be signing him short leave. He crashed during that
Omnium, got back up and dismissed the problem. He is back on his
original schedule mouth. Not far to go. He can see the Irishman. Martyn
Irvine starting to rock and roll a little bit. He really is moving. He
is going well. That is three seconds faster at the same point
this morning. Clearly he was doing enough to qualify. We could be
seeing a sub for 20 here. Bear in mind he has already ridden the heat
up earlier today. He is flying. think he could get inside, you are
right. It is a strong ride. Martyn Irvine doing well. But he is being
display of pedalling excellence by the young Dane. Here comes Lasse
Hansen, up to the line. Let's look at the finishing time. It's going
to be impressive. Just a tad outside of the 4.20 barrier. But he
is set another lifetime best. got to be pleased with that. To go
two seconds faster in the same day, it is a sign of the form that he is
on. Two brilliant rides. 4.22 in qualification, for 0.28 to take
gold. Fair play to Martyn Irvine of Ireland, two lifetime bests. He
took four off it this morning, now The de omnium, Laura Trott is going
well. Let's look at the standings perhaps a weakness for Laura Trott.
line this time, the whole field together in this penultimate event
of the women's omnium, the scratch race. We are waiting for the first
tentative move from the medal becoming a real performer in this
event. She has been very active in the first few laps. Pawlowska air,
of Poland, this will be her favourite discipline. That is where
she will be hoping to get a good finishing position. She's currently
third. 16 points, just one more than the leading race riders.
That's the problem, she is going to be well marked in this event. Which
is good, if you are watching. near the back, at the moment. 27
laps to go. It's the car before the storm. They are trying to secure
their positions before they get to the time trial. Easing back again,
nobody wants to show their hand yet. If it carries on like this, this is
playing into the hands of Laura Trott, with the time trials still
to come. Now, a little attack beginning to unfold. This looks
like Sharakova, having a go. Yes, that is Sharakova. Indicative of
the style of this Ryder. A very aggressive. Laura Trott goes
straight after it. The three key players, well, they are right at
the head commit yet. A long, thin win, they have to sprint flat out
to beat each other, even in the middle of the field. That is our
first successful attempt at making 23 points. That is a good move, she
has the Russian with her. Now, is they go to be a reaction from
behind? They have to get on it quickly. These two, a nice working
pair. They have a good quarter of a lap leader already. A lot of
swinging going at the back. Nobody is committed to the chase. If they
just rolled around the bottom, taking small turns, pace would stay
high. Nobody wants to bring it on. The Russian, pretty handily placed.
You are right, nobody is prepared to bury themselves at the head of
the bunch. These two are profiting from it. They've got about a third
of a lap. They have enough room, enough alas stick to withstand
these flurries. -- elastic. It will be a difficult one to get back.
They could finish first and second if they get this lab. 20 laps to go
in the penultimate event, in the scratch race. These two are trying
to gain a lead. And they are doing it. The Lithuanian and the Russian,
they are currently 5th and 6th in the contest. A good move, leading
by a lap. Sharakova has attacked as well. She has been allowed some
rider at the front. Currently 7th in the standings. It's a bit too
far, on your Rome. Ryan of Ireland has tentatively gone after her. --
on your own. She didn't attack forcefully enough, so she has
company immediately. I think she's going to be back in the next few
laps. Laura Trott is running a cautious race. She's not expending
too much energy. It might just stay the same and the status quo. A good
ride. The sprint between them will be critical, absolutely critical.
Just one point, so important. tactical affair, we knew that it
would be. The bunch is smarting a little bit, having lost that lap.
They are not inclined to let anybody else have the same kind of
leeway. They are keeping the pace high around the bottom. Laura Trott
is getting involved in keeping the pace five. The race hasn't been in
an angry mood. We haven't seen several different groups. When they
come to do mind it will be 40 more to go. Still, just off the front,
not going anywhere. Being chased down by the rider from Mexico.
Pedestrian pace. She might just trundle away. She has looked over
the shoulder, they might be potential for making this work
after all. Another reaction from the front of the main field. Again,
it's the rider from Mexico having a go. Bridging of to the rider from
Spain. That could make all the difference if they get together.
They haven't quite got the punch to break the elastic. They had so many
attacks, the law of averages should the penultimate event in the
women's omnium contest. A brace of riders just at the front. Spain, in
the white and red. With hair, the Mexican. -- with her. They have had
some time to gather themselves. They are working well together.
They are getting a little bit more leeway. They are clawing a few more
metres every lap. They are up to have a quarter of a lap. The
Spaniard is really struggling, not staying on at the wheel. She's
paying the penalty for of those laps she spent out on her Rome.
they stay away, and if Laura Trott leads the way, that will set it up
perfectly for the final, providing Laura Trott and Ankudinoff lead.
think everybody is going to start not going to affected a tall. We
had two more going away and that is dangerous. We are going to have to
start looking at the main group and look at the two leaders at the
moment. That is Laura Trott and Ankudinoff. They cannot leave any
daylight between them. Two or three points could make all of the
difference in this race. Laura Trott, at the moment, happy to be
at the back of the pack. And we have the two riders that lead the
field. One kilometre to go as they go around. I don't know if they
will have time to make the junction. They are chasing down the others.
The rider from Finland looks like she is going to retire. She is
really struggling. Four laps to go. The Mexican, actually going to
close that gap. She's waiting for the sprint. The Spaniard has gained
the lap. So, the first four places in this race, the highest that
Laura Trott can finishes 5th. wind us up at her own pace. Higgins
of the United States is on her shoulder. It looks like Sharakova
is going to start the sprint. Yes, she's starting the charge for the
line. We had two that are clear rows well. Ankudinoff is trying to
come past her. Laura Trott is also in the shake-up. These are the
means that she will have levelled up with Laura Trott. It looked like
That means that Laura Trott will be behind Ankudinoff, with one race to
go. Well, that all happened with just over one lap to go. Ankudinoff
was behind Laura Trott. But she just got a little bit boxed in and
took the opportunity to come over the top. Laura Trott didn't have
time to come back around. Fantastic event. We will wait for the
countback. But Ankudinoff now has the advantage over Laura Trott. It
if she can beat Laura Trott in the time-trial. Laura Trott is a
electric in that Test against the She'll need to be, she now sits two
points behind the Australian. She'll need to beat her by two
places in order to take the gold Laura Trott, listening to some
music and getting ready. A little bit like the Olympic omnium, where
she needed to come back and pole to get the gold. This is certainly a
strong event for her. There is no doubt she can win the last event.
The real question is whereabouts she is good enough to finish. Her
destiny is not in her own hands. We shall just have to not worry about
what happens. She had to smash it as hard as she can and then see
riders are preparing for the next Jonathan mentioned, nor the will
have to be two places higher. -- just to pick up at point that
take the time to events, put all that time together and see who is
the time-trial, that isn't any good. Ankudinoff will win the gold. That
is all to come in the final heat, when Laura Trott lines up against
Ankudinoff to see who will take the gold medal. The leading time is the
French competitor. You can just see here, that time off 36.448. That is
Laura Trott one the world champion in Melbourne, she finished the time
trial with a 35.73. I do not know if she has that kind of pace. She
is very quick. A lot of that is because she doubles up with this
event because her job is the starter so she spends a lot of time
coming out of the gates perfecting that. In this event, it is a huge
chunk of it. These are the Laura Trott. It is about composing
yourself. There she is. She is such an athlete, such a fighter. This is
a carbon copy of the Olympics when she looked American a way to make
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Choosing to go with the pursuit bikes, some of them go with a stand
drop handlebar bike. A 30% less power when they get into the same
position. It makes an enormous difference over the second a lap.
An impressive opening lap. The quickest we have seen so far. Can
the Lithuanian back it up? Driving on for the line. Very impressive.
And that is a very quick time indeed. She is now the leader in
the time trial. She will be pleased with that. A lot of the riders have
differing backgrounds in the omnium. Some are sprint orientated and
struggle on the distance. Ed Clancy is in that school. The endurance
riders are not as good in these. three, that time. I wonder if
the season. She has been otherwise occupied after the Olympic Games. I
still think she has it in her legs to get under the 36 seconds mark.
Lots of medals celebrations. She has still ridden with tremendous
determination and aggression here. So much pride, the world champion
wearing the rainbow stripes and it lifts you when you have the jersey
on. Penultimate heat. Poland against Russia. Poland is lying
third and Russia in fourth. The yesterday morning in this contest
with a one-lap time trial, they have written a points race, an
elimination race and individual pursuit, scratch race and now this
Test against the clock over two Lithuanian. The Russian has a
better start by some margin. Inside 28 seconds by Russia. The fastest
opening lap so far. Poland are going well as well. A fantastic
ride. Incredibly quick opening lap. The answer to question is yes, they
have gone inside 36. That is the new fastest time, Poland second.
That is slightly quicker than the time Laura Trott recorded last year
when she got the world title in Melbourne. That is no mean feat.
She is on fire, great technique out of the gates. I am not sure anybody
will touch that's today, surely not. She has moved up the standings. The
winning performance to better the time today. It is not necessarily
about winning a discipline but between them if she is to take the
title here. If they finished first the announcements have been made
consistently so they are right on the case. This will be very
exciting. The coach has given the final information. She must be, if
she is to get near the time, around halfway mark. Just one rider has
gone inside 20 seconds on the first omnium. This is the classic style
of Laura Trott. Really working hard to get biggest spinning. She is
already ahead of Australia. See the aggression on her face. She
desperately wants this. She is giving it absolutely everything. A
huge lead at the moment. If it remains like this, Laura Trot will
take gold. She is eating up the ground. She buries herself up to
gold! Sheer aggression. Totally different styles. We see the replay
in a moment. The Australian looked like she was starting a pursuits
out of the gate. She came out of the gates, the aggression. Look at
her face. All smiles. She is such a crowd pleaser. She is a terrier
when she comes to race around the filling in it for Jo Rowsell. It is
paid off. Look up expression. She knows how to do this. It was so
important. It is the mark of a champion, performing well and doing
it on demand. It is all about winning. And not in peak form. She
has been celebrating her double gold medals for London. Next year
she will take some stopping. She said she was coming to enjoy the
racing. She can enjoy that. She loves it. Laura Trott finishes at
how tight it was at the top. That brilliant ride by Laura Trot sealed
the gold medal. Sportingly acknowledged. She recognises the
sheer talent of Laura Trot. Another five-star performance here by the
double gold medallist from London. The coach's continued to pour
congratulations all over her. Six events and she effectively won at
by 0.133 of a second. Laura Trot wins the Gold from the Australian.
Many congratulations. A champions' performance. A I can't believe it.
I am so tired. Are not going to live. I don't even know what I am
doing here! I am so tired right now. It is a hard coming back from the
Olympics and getting your head around racing again. I am not fit.
I came here because of the home crowd. You want to give them
something back. To compete in the home World Cup, I wanted to do it
and say thank you. I can't believe I won, I really can't! If this is
how you perform when you're not fit, everybody had better watch out.
Your competitive nature comes out. Definitely. I was sitting there, I
was absolutely shattered. I like winning. I did want silver! I liked
it when the crowd's cheers me. happens now? I am going to
Australia for an insurance scam. I will try to get it. And then come
back fighting fit for the world. Congratulations. That was fantastic.
Thank you. She says she isn't even fit and she has won! She is taking
be an even contest. The Russian will probably have the edge. Spain
at the front at the moment. The Russian at riding in his trade
colours. Not the national colours. They have both been put through the
mill. They do not look as attentive as they have previously. The length
of the competition is taking its toll. Both of them not hanging
around. It is always a morale boost to get race won. That is what the
Russian will try and do. Looking for the inside position. He did not
defend at all there. One lap to go in race one. The Russian in front.
It was a weak challenge from Spain that he didn't have the speed. He
will not come back from that. Race One goes to the Russians. That was
handled astutely. It looked lethargic but the time belies it.
It was a quick bit of sprinting. I am not sure his heart was in that.
Great work by the Russian. Spain will have to find enthusiasm if
they are to take the next one. He is not quite in the league -- same
I've been waiting for. Wait until these to lock horns. Contrasting
physiques. The man with muscles on muscles. Look at those legs. He has
been in the gym. He missed out on a medal in the Games. The best of the
losers, that's the best position. They are still burning with eight
needs to get some payback after the places, they have still got a point
to prove. -- Beware the people in of Stefan Boetticher, because he
got beaten in the National's by him. And Stefan Boetticher has got a
point to prove as well. It should be some real tasty sprinting.
coming up to the line, there they Boetticher's senior. We mentioned
earlier, that Stefan Boetticher has some real wisdom which belies his
age. He certainly does. He pointed out earlier, it was your Chris Hoy,
they will know each other's every move, because of their training
other man off-guard. Just trying to outwit his tactical nous. They are
so well-matched. I think Forstemann probably has the edge on form. But
they are so well matched, it is walking pace. They are not allowed
to stop more than twice. Just as I say that, we get a standstill.
reason they are doing this is that they have so much respect for each
other, neither one of them needs to read it out. With their not being
many long straights, the need for it has disappeared. They get 30
seconds and then the judge will instruct the leading rider to lead
away, and if he does not, the races stop. They are not allowed to roll
backwards, either. We have seen in the past, sometimes one of them
cynically puts the rear wheel against the fence, just sat there,
resting. Always pointing down the track, when that happens, so they
can get faster acceleration. That's another skill that you almost
always point out, they can ride forward, looking backwards. They
make it look so natural. Watching the event, you don't even pick up
on it. That, in itself, is an incredible earned skill. Forstemann
actually got on the inside, then there was a reaction immediately
from Stefan Boetticher. I don't know if he wanted that to happen.
He tried to regain the initiative. I think that might have been the
first mistake that we were talking about. Forstemann is going to lead
this one out, goes for a little bit more height. Forstemann is leading
it out. Look at the youngster, can he get on to the shoulder of the
leader? Yes, he can! He makes it look easy. First blood to Stefan
Boetticher. That was very impressive. I think I have to eat
my words, on form. He looked very strong. Arguably, he made two
errors. He got himself in that position, going into the back
straight. There was just over a lap to go. Forstemann threw him some
more bait to stop him diving over the top. I thought that might be it.
But Stefan Boetticher had superior legs and was still able to go right
round the outside. Forstemann teed himself up with different position.
This is where they had the exchanges. The sheer arrogance of
the youngster, he passed him what to slingshot through the slipstream
and round the final bend. That extra exhilaration because of a
height that he kept. Forstemann suddenly got his race face on,
going for the line. But it's a victory to the younger of the two.
There it is, that remark confirms You called that pretty well, you
can come back! I think Forstemann's ride was his ideal ride. He likes
to store his opponent, keep in close to him and not let him make a
gap. The key point was that Stefan Boetticher gained weight, he kept
pressure on the pedals and didn't back off. With a lap to go, he kept
that height, created a gap and kept the pace. He had the pace and it
made it look easy. That cat and mouse, is that a function from the
fact that they know each other so well? It is, but you would be doing
the same with any opponent. Forstemann likes to go from the
front. They have a lot of respect for each other, but they both know
the tactics Inside Out. He's trying to keep in close, he's trying to
stall him and keep him as close as possible. He's created the gap,
Forstemann has not committed. Stefan Boetticher is at risk of
being stuck, so he gains some more getting momentum? He has so much
more speed, it wasn't easy but in the last 50 metres he was not
really struggling. It looked like he sat up by a little bit. What is
the dynamic? You had it three years with Jason, what is it like racing
It's weird, you get it often throughout the air, but at a major
event it is very difficult. During the day, you know you are going to
end up meeting each other later on, you while warming up together and
talking, you are still good friends. When you step onto the track, it is
enemies and it doesn't matter who they are. The third gold medal, the
presenting the bronze medal. The silver medal goes to Ashlee
and the gold medal winner, the world and Olympic champion,
representing Great Britain, Laura She's getting quite accustomed to
collecting these jerseys. That is the white jersey of the overall
Actually tying with the Australian and Ankudinoff. The flowers will
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A smile to melt your heart. Laura Trott, the overall winner will be
omnium and the series winner. Balabolina of Russia gets the
She's not only a brilliant cyclist, I think she's got the X Factor,
that likeability factor. She's become a superstar in a short
period of time, which is unusual. She has, particularly in a team
with so many big names in there, she has shone in the a team that
already has many stars. She has a great future ahead of her. She was
admitting that she's not even at full fitness, she can still come
and win a World Cup gold medal. I am sure the rest of them are
terrified about what she will be like fully fit. She's 20 years old,
she could potentially do another four games, if she carries on the
way you have carried on. She could end up with a hatful of gold medals.
Part of what you have achieved, what Steve Redgrave achieved, was
that ability to keep on going, time after time. This is the first time
she has done that. Obviously she is young, how do you set out her
psychological approach to the sport? She has the gift required to
be the best in the world, she already is. It's the desire, people
like Sir Steve that go one to win five gold medals, it is beyond
physical gifts, it's the mental toughness, the desire to keep
working. It's not just about winning once the air, it's a
training three times a day, sessions that put you in the state
where you are physically sick, your muscles are aching. All sportsmen
do this. It is doing that, year after year, there is not a lot of
athletes that can do that. That is the key thing, you have to enjoy
the day today, as well as winning the medals. I'm sure if she keeps
the same attitude, we will be talking about care for many years
to come. Let's look at the 500 metres time trial, the event that
took the gold medal. She beat but she started off potentially
going down the route of being a sprinter. So she has a great start
out of the box, very aggressive. You can see that she is really
quite punchy, compared to the Australian, who is buried smooth
and more perceived style. She knew she just had to smash it for two
laps and hope it is quick enough to put at least one person between
hair and the Australian. Thankfully, her good enough was not good enough.
Talk about what Laura is like back in Manchester at the Velodrome. She
could be like a pop star, she is a bit dizzy. Clearly, if she's not
fit, she has to have a strong mind and work ethic? She's a very driven
athlete. It's great to see that in somebody so young, when they are
able to enjoy it as well. She doesn't get overawed by the
occasion, she doesn't feel the pressure. She certainly doesn't
show that, anyway. To play two different roles, in 18 roll, you
have the pressure that if you make a mistake then your team suffers as
well. She can handle this pressure and she can perform to this level.
imagine it is a race too far for her.
We will soon find out, let's hope not. They always have a minor final.
This is classifying the riders from if the two Spaniards actually
trying to use the numbers advantage, getting themselves working together.
Often, they like to go one and two. Number two leaves a gap that the
others have got to close. It's an interesting one, this. Well, Jess
Varnish just needs to be a little bit cagey. Try to profit from the
moves when the action does unfold. The Russian rider, Elena Brejniva,
she tucks in behind that biker. Jess Varnish is third place at the
moment. In and out of the saddle, moving the bike around. That
discourages others from trying to edge underneath all over the top.
She is comfortably in third place. Totally different these races from
the old style way you could push as they go down the back straight.
They use the derny bike and then it is all on. -- they will lose the
derny bike. The formation is themselves out while they fight for
a bit. There is no chance of a late washed away in last position. It is
may have snatched third. Yes, third. Netgear set 9th position over all.
at the back. There is the big effort. It is a long way round to
come. It was a photo finish for third, fourth and 5th. This was the
I am fascinated by Laura Trott. 20 years old, the world at her feet.
And how she navigates her way. is the big challenge for her. The
lucky thing is she has great people looking after her, coaches,
managers, people who have worked with previous athletes. She has the
talent and the support, as long as she keeps the desire the future is
bright. And that is something you don't know. She might wake up and
say she is bought. The Rhys a monotony to it which is not always
easy to manage. As long as the rewards and results are there, it's
OK. There are some athletes, a train so hard but they don't get
the reward they hope for. That is when the motivation becomes an
issue. Let's go back out to the track. The final of the Women's
Keirin. It will be a very juicy Hong Kong. And also the Russian. We
mentioned earlier they had a long qualifying round. Very interesting.
Becky James gets the front position. Kristina Vogel sitting on her wheel.
That was a game plan be talked for everyone else jostling and
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front. The upside is you are always taking the shortest route around
the track without the constant change of pace. It does have some
company. A very different race. Everybody is playing the cautious
game. That plays into Becky James's hands. She is dictating at their
pace. Everybody is letting head to it. France are coming around the
outside. Becky James leaving it out. James is fighting hard. Kristina
Vogel is leading in down the back straight. We will have the charge
also from Panarina. She has left it too late. Kristina Vogel takes the
for a better race. She had the confidence to know she could wait
until somebody made a move from the back. I wonder if Becky James could
have stuck on the wheel of the journey -- German. It wasn't there
for her to live. Kristina Vogel finishes the individual sprint and
the Keirin. Second and third over the line. Russia and Hong Kong and
Becky James in 5th position. You can realise the Germans are
starting to get their act together when it comes to sprinting. As
Chris Hoy pointed out, they could We saw a tight Jess Varnish, she is
with Jill Douglas. -- tired. A busy few days, taking third place
in the mind of final. Still looking aggressive and desperately wanted
to get into the mix. Yes, one step at a time. After focusing on the
Olympics to get Sylvie yesterday I was really happy. And in the keirin
it is getting back in there and learning from it. I enjoyed it. It
is learning again. And it's all about experience and getting into
these races were there sprinting or Keirin. They're such tactical race
is that you can only learn by doing them. Nothing is a substitute for
actually doing the race. Not at all. I was one of the fastest riders up
there, I qualified third and got silver yesterday. If you don't have
the tactics, you can't get it right and get stuck on the outside. You
end up coming off thinking I didn't do my best but it is tactics.
have you learnt? So much yesterday. I did 11 rides yesterday. It was
brilliant. Just learning again in the keirin. It all starts here.
Australia next year. Yes, on Wednesday a training camp there.
Thank you. It has been a good weekend for her. Yes, she should be
pleased with her performance. jersey but it is not that simple.
The sprint she should be pleased with. Back to the men's sprint.
Bronze medal race. The second of the potential three. They have
rolled away. The Russian at the front with one victory to his
lacklustre. They were not sharp or looking to defend the position. I
wonder if he has given himself a good talking-to in the break. He
needs to really get emotionally into this if he is to have any
chance was to the Russian has the front. He has a strapping on his
leg. Sometimes the aches and strains need managing through the
competition. It is not affecting something. He has taken the lead
and is allowed to do so by the Russian. Now then, can he deny the
Russian a 2-0 victory? It is far superior. A right over the top of
this ban it. The bronze goes to Russia. It was quick and so it
should have been. It looked like they were both on the same team, to
me! Awesome power from the Russian. The extra distance in the finishing
straight. When he got the legs beat the second match of the final.
The Russian acknowledges the crowd. There is the result. We will see
him later on the page in collecting might be wearing the same jersey
but there is no difficulty telling them apart. He really is muscly. He
was at the front of the queue when as we build up to the final? It is
setting up a gladiatorial contest, isn't it? It is the elder statesman,
Foerstemann who is leading off. Dramatic music setting up this
final. Res two. The men sprint final. Foerstemann has got to win
this to take into it a decider. His young opponent, Stefan Boetticher
was hugely impressive in the first race. Nearly all of the riders
choose my advisers to give as little information a way to their
opponents. They cannot ride looking backwards. -- they can ride
upper hand. As Sir Chris Hoy was saying before, the key was not the
small errors in positioning, the winning move up for the young
German was keeping his height and not taking his foot off the gas no
matter what the direction of changes were. He never gave away
speed. He kept his height. course, backing up in the second
ride you should favour there are younger athlete. He has got there
smaller build. Two to go. Foerstemann is a very experienced
campaigner. It will not be easy for Stefan, that is for sure. He was so
impressive in race one. Are we going to go to three? Or will the
gold medal go to Stefan better final 200m. That is Olympic
standard times. Take a note of the name Stefan Boetticher. He wins the
gold medal here. He will take some stopping when he gets to the world
championships. Have another look at this. He makes it look so easy.
Foerstemann, he did everything he felt was correct. It just was not
enough. I am just having a quick look at the times set during the
Olympic Games. I think that was a faster match sprint than anything
we saw in the Games. Incredible acceleration. The closing speed was
so impressive. You can see the three-quarters of a lap to go, the
speed it was so fast he would cover the distance with comfort. He must
have given Foerstemann 15-20 metres there. He was so confident he could
close down. When you have that slipstream it makes a big
difference. The timing and distance is so important. You need to pass
in the right place. There is the result confirmed. A great double
from the German there, winning the Keirin as well. 250 metres to go,
10m behind, you just looked at me He got Foerstemann up to full speed,
committed. He had a decent gap. And he came past with so much more
last 200 was, he was on great form. You called it right there. This is
what Chris Boardman talks about, this hall in the air. The only
saving grace for or Foerstemann there was if he had not accelerated
to the line. But he had already reached top speed. Stefan but, on
the other hand, was accelerating all the way. Kristina Vogel, she
won the sprint. The Germans have This is the time for the people who
may be did not perform at the level they hoped at the Games to come in
and feel better about themselves. Obviously, the Germans are always
up there. They did not do quite as well as they had hoped at the
Olympics. They were hoping to win the men Keirin. They have come here
with a strong team, but it is all about the world championships.
terms of this World Cup, the The women have been doing it this
time, haven't they? They have. There is nothing new there. The
women are very strong all the time. They have shone together as a group.
They have carried their male counterparts through. Some of them
are having a rest! I feel a bit guilty. Never mind a! Becky James
finished fifth in that women's Keirin. Let's hear from her now.
You seem to get in a really good position of going into the
penultimate lap. But a lot of power coming over your shoulder. Yes.
There were some really strong riders. I gave it everything I
could. It is all about experience with things like this. Ultimately,
that is what you need. Definitely. This is the time to get race
experience. Hopefully by the World Championships we will be on form.
Hell have you enjoyed the weekend? It has been really good. A hard day
of racing yesterday and today. have you made of this Glasgow
veladrome and the crowd here? absolutely love it. The Welsh
cyclists have been on form and going for that is positive.
Definitely. It was really unfortunate that Peter Lewis
crashed out yesterday. There are lots of young people coming through.
It is looking good. And off to Australia? Yes. I'm looking forward
to some sunshine. The women have been winning medals, and the men
seem to have been crashing. Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull
are the only three that had not crashed. This was the team pursue
it goes well it looks simple and well drilled. But that shows you
just how wrong it can get. They just touched the wheel on the front,
a split second lack of concentration. You do not get a
second chance. One of the things Craig McLean talked about when he
was here was the dimensions of this track were slightly different to
Manchester. That is perhaps having an effect? Maybe he was being a
little bit kind. There is a difference from this track and
London. But everybody here has ridden on tracks similar to this.
It does change things very slightly, but it is just a mistake which has
I am sure one man who will not be panicking is David. Data is really
good. It is exciting to have an indoor veladrome in Scotland. What
is really exciting about this is that on a day-to-day basis it will
provide another sporting facility for Glasgow and Scotland. Hopefully
we will see greater numbers of youngsters taking outright cycling.
A we have seen some brilliant performances today. Who has caught
your eye this weekend? Elinor Barker in tremendous form and the
likes of Jon Dibben. Absolutely. I think that was one of the best
senior debuts I have seen by Elinor Barker. An amazing display. The
decision making and the confidence that she had in that final ride, it
was quite something. Very like Laura Trott. That is very exciting
for us. All the young people who have come into the team, they have
stepped up. It is unfortunate the men team crushed, they would have
made the final for sure. The average age of the team is so young,
the enthusiasm is great for us. We're into another Olympic cycle,
you have been through it a few. Is the ambition and desire still
there? It has got to be. If it was not, I would have to get out of the
job. Every Olympic cycle is different, you cannot compare. You
cannot learn, but each one is the start of a new journey. Our
challenge is we have a new group of riders, we have real coming up and
we need to make these group of riders the best that they can be.
Rocky times as well, Bradley Wiggins with his crash. The news is
that he is doing well, and we have seen Shane here this weekend.
was quite a shock, and testing and a worrying time. I am glad to say
they are both recovering well. Bradley is back training and he
will put some consistent time on the roads. Shane is as tough as old
boots, it might knock a bit of sense into him! Cycling has not
been out of the headlines since the Olympics. The fall-out from the
Lance Armstrong situation has been managed by yourself with the zero
tolerance. Where are you with that process? We are pretty clear. We
started teams guy with a zero- tolerance policy. We decided we
would not recruit anyone with a past involvement in doping. With
the Lance Armstrong situation it came to light that we might have to
review that. We took some new information, looked at the positive
and negative. We made changes where we needed to it and we keep on
going. We have a very clear idea where we are going with teams guy,
we are not changing tack at all. have been joined by the director of
British cycling and sport. He is going to talk about British plans
for the Tour de France. First, Joe was asking about the zero tolerance
policy. It has been very depressing for cycling with regards to the
Lance Armstrong situation. It has. It is not easy to read the
headlines and watch the news reports. All I can say is the
rider's feel as if the sport has moved on and as a rider all you can
do is win clean. Show other The negative headlines have come
out for a clean British team and Bradley Wiggins have won the Tour.
It is strange. It is about Lance Armstrong, 2006, there were issues
in the sport, athletes were testing positive and that's why it Team Sky
it took the approach of zero tolerance. We don't want any doping.
They won the Tour de France and did it clean. That is to be celebrated.
It is also about sharing doping doesn't have to be part of the
sport. Tour de France is far removed from the track. The track
is a different thing. The UCI have come in for a kicking and rightly
so but at the same time they must take some credit for getting the
support to this stage when we have the British team winning the Tour.
I am not the biggest fan of you see I've. They could have made the
situation... There are things they could have done and should do in
future to help the sport move on. Who knows what the future holds but
what we are doing is we are not afraid of naming and shaming anyway.
Who would have thought a global icon would test positive and the
names and shamed? At least we are doing that. More positive things.
We talked a little about British plans to host the Tour de France.
Talk us through what it is at the moment. The ultimate idea is to
bring it back to Britain. Our sport continues to raise its profile,
reckless excess and Chris Hoy. We are confident the owners of the
Tour de France want to come to Britain are to capitalise on the
interest. They saw the Olympics and the road race and we are fairly
confident it wants to come back. There are two been saying. One of
those bits starts in Edinburgh and goes into England, Wales for a day
and back into England. Four days of bike racing. There is also a bid
from Yorkshire which I am it's that belief is three days but we don't
know much about it. In terms of the timing, when are you likely to know,
I presume there are other international bids as well. Yes,
there are two or three other countries that are interested. It
is a competitive bidding situation. We think the British bid is well
thought through, a lot of strong stake holders. It is British, it
will reach 50% of the population within half-an-hour's drive.
Yorkshire have had a bid in for a while. Will it counts against
Britain having competitive bids? It's not good. We met Yorkshire for
the first time, we sat down and the obvious position was to appeal to
them to join the same bit. I can understand that is not... We have
to respect that but we are where we are forced up from a British
cyclist perspective, we will be happy if it comes to Britain.
as a proud Edinburgh man, it is better to see the Tour de France
start in Edinburgh. That's something I never thought I would
see. Amazing. I will make sure I am home for their weekend. Let's get
back down to Gill tiddlers with Shane Sutton. -- Jill Douglas.
busy few days for the team. How happy are you? Extremely. To come
off the back of the Games to here, the new talent. A few unfortunate
incidents but yes, in general the public is happy, a great venue.
Great for us to come here and the results of five. It is about the
roads to Rio. We are happy. Some younger talents Canning three but
looking at the German scene, there is plenty of talent out there.
is what to do with it. We have a great coaching team, good
leadership and if you have talents that makes up the three ingredients
to win Olympic medals. I think we can do that in four years' time.
And to has impressed she specifically? The sprint girls have
done really well. With the exodus of Pendleton, Trott is a legend.
There is real good quality in Jon Dibben as well. He's impressed me.
Look after yourself. Great sea. It's interesting listening to shame
and David Brailsford, this kind of they will enjoy putting the puzzle
together -- Shane Sutton. It is a whole new challenge. It doesn't
mean it is the same template for success. You have to assess the
challenge and break it down into chunks and set out will stall. It
is a partially different team from London. Commonwealth Games coming
up. You must be excited. Benny McAskill, a stunt riding is
involved in promoting the Danny, how are you doing? Good. Can
you do this tricks? That was me doing the stunts for him.
excited are you and Scotland? massive. The way the whole GBE has
embraced the Games, the Commonwealth Games right here in a
matter of months, it is a great thing for Sport and Scotland.
you would want to be part of it. Absolutely. It is my dream to
finish my career here at the Commonwealth Games, whether I can
do it are not, who knows? That is the plan. I would decide in spring
next year. I would have had enough time to go to Australia, have some
training and racing and assess how my body is holding up. And see if
there is life in the old dog yet! there is life in the old dog yet!
Next year, it is a ride London. It is like the Great North Run. It is