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Trott puts team pursuit glory first

August 2, 2012 15:30 pm

Laura Trott will prioritise team pursuit success over individual glory in the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

The 20-year-old from Cheshunt won team pursuit gold, in a world record time, and omnium gold at April's Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne.

Trott's competition begins with qualifying in the three-woman, three-kilometre team pursuit on Friday, where she will be joined by British team-mates Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell.

"I really enjoy the omnium but my main target is to race with the girls and win with the girls," said Trott, whose first world team pursuit title came aged 18 in 2011.

"It is more enjoyable to race and win with other people than on your own so that is the main focus.

"It is boring to win as an individual, who can you celebrate with when you win on your own? You can't pat yourself on the back."

Nevertheless, the six-discipline, two-day omnium, which is set to begin on Monday, is a target for Trott, although she does little specific preparation.

She added: "There is a bigger gap between the two events than there was at worlds so really I should be even better in London. I tend to just do stuff with the girls which I did before the worlds and that worked out pretty well.

"I do a bit of work behind the bike (a motor-paced Derny) and some other stuff but nothing too specific, although like Ed Clancy, I have been watching DVDs of bunch races to get ready for that."

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