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Clancy ready for team sprint challenge

November 15, 2012 15:03 pm

Many would be daunted by taking over from Sir Chris Hoy, but Ed Clancy is unfazed as he prepares for the Track World Cup in Glasgow on Friday.

The 27-year-old Yorkshireman, twice an Olympic team pursuit champion, will take Hoy's position as third man in the three-lap team sprint alongside the Scot's fellow London 2012 champions Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny.

"To try to compare yourself to Chris Hoy, you're only ever going to fail," Clancy said.

"I'm having an all right career so far and I haven't won a third of the stuff he has.

"I just try to be myself and do the best I can. I'm not going to fill his shoes, it's a hard job."

Clancy's speed has long been impressive, his proficiency highlighted during the six-discipline omnium competition in which he won Olympic bronze.

"I've always been pretty quick, but it's all relative," added Clancy. "I'm really quick compared to the other endurance guys, like Geraint Thomas and Pete Kennaugh, but I come into the team sprint and it's like a completely different sport.

"I'm a complete novice. I'm absolutely flat out off the line trying to keep up with these boys.

"I don't know how I'm going to get on. I could be riding around on my own for three laps because I don't get on from the start or it could go well.

"I'm trying to have no expectations, just go in with an open mind. I'll just see what happens."

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