Trott's talent impresses Brailsford
April 10, 2012 09:52 am
Dave Brailsford has hailed Laura Trott, the 19-year-old double gold medal winner at the Track Cycling World Championships, as a prodigious talent.
Trott followed up a successful defence of her three-kilometre team pursuit world title on day two in Melbourne with gold in the six-discipline omnium on Saturday to prove she is set to be one to watch at the London Olympic Games.
"She's pretty special," Brailsford said. "She was absolutely brilliant in the team pursuit and she rode an absolutely faultless omnium. Super talent - 19 years old. Wow. It's pretty exciting."
British Cycling performance director Brailsford has nurtured numerous global stars - Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins, to name four - and Trott, who is 20 on April 24, is the latest.
Trott's two-lap turn at the front towards the end of the three-woman, 12-lap, team pursuit as Britain clocked a world record of three minutes 15.720 seconds - hitting the magic 3mins 15secs target four months ahead of schedule - showed how integral she is to Olympic hopes in the event.
The teenager from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, then demonstrated a maturity beyond her years to seal a narrow victory in the omnium.
While stardom awaits, Brailsford believes the effervescent Trott must focus on what she does best.
He added: "If she can keep that same attitude and the same sort of chirpy nature... she's a real racer. She'll go a long way, for sure."
Trott was not the only Briton to taste success in Melbourne as Britain finished with five gold medals from 10 Olympic events at the Hisense Arena.
The British team are now race hardened, with less than four months to go until the Olympic track programme begins on August 2.
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