Brailsford looks for Olympic pointers

30 March 2012 / 14:48

Dave Brailsford is eager for the Great Britain team to improve upon recent displays at next week's Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne in a competition which will have a key say in the final make-up of the Olympic team.

In the final competition before the Olympic track programme in August and following a successful Track World Cup in London in February, Britain will seek to prove they are timing their Games bid to perfection.

British Cycling performance director Brailsford said: "The key thing now is racing this particular championships as hard and as well as possible and then taking stock after that.

"We'll have a lot more information in two weeks' time than we have now. The key thing will be to go to Australia, put in some good performances and then look to the final 16 weeks to put the final parts into the performances for London."

The information garnered from the 16-rider squad competing at the Hisense Arena will contribute to the final selection of the Olympic team, with some issues still to be resolved, particularly as only one rider is permitted in each individual event.

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is vying for the men's sprint berth with Jason Kenny, the current world champion and Beijing silver medallist.

Both Hoy and Kenny have stated their belief that Melbourne will be a major factor in the selection and Brailsford concurred.

"It won't be the final chance, but it will be a significant chance," Brailsford added. "We won't pre-empt anything. We'll see where the guys are at and we'll debrief that when we get back."

The final composition of the men's team pursuit squad is still to be determined, with six riders - Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke, Pete Kennaugh, Ben Swift and Andy Tennant - vying for selection in Melbourne, while the men's team sprint has proved troublesome.

Britain have struggled to replace Olympic gold medal winner Jamie Staff since his retirement and Kenny is set to ride in the crucial starting spot next week, with Hoy and Matt Crampton filling the remaining berths.