Crampton's Olympic bid out of his hands

03 April 2012 / 09:43

Matt Crampton knows his bid for an Olympic place is out of his control as Great Britain continue preparations at this week's Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne.

The European Keirin champion would be a certain starter in many teams, but on Wednesday's opening day at the Hisense Arena the 25-year-old is set to be a spectator. Philip Hindes is poised to join Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy in the three-man, three-lap team sprint as Britain bid to find the fractions of a second which will revive them in the event.

With Hoy likely to be given the nod for London in the Keirin, Crampton, who missed out on selection for Beijing, could yet do so again. Crampton, who is set to ride in the Keirin and sprint this week, told Press Association Sport: "I've done everything I can. I can't think about it too much now. It's down to the selectors. I've got to go to the worlds and have fun."

Kenny and Hoy won Olympic gold in the team sprint in 2008, but Britain's last world title was in Los Angeles in 2005.

Replacing Jamie Staff, who has retired, has proved troublesome, and specialist starter Hindes has been given his opportunity in the 'man one' berth. Kenny has also featured in the starting place occupied by Ross Edgar at February's Track World Cup and could yet return there, with Crampton coming in, if Hindes does not fire.

The Kenny, Crampton and Hoy combination has been tried before and Crampton believes there is still potential for the trio to perform.

"We've not got together and all had a great day," he added.

While there is competition to get into the team sprint squad, there is also a battle to claim a Games place in the individual disciplines, with only one rider permitted in London. Crampton, who won the European title in the event in Apeldoorn last autumn, knows it will take a spectacular performance to take the Keirin berth ahead of four-time Olympic champion Hoy.

He added: "It is a tall order. It is still technically up for grabs, but the selection board have to look at past performances."

The opening day is set to see world record holders Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton riding for gold in the two-woman, two-lap team pursuit. Britain's men's team pursuit quartet is slated to be Olympic champions Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas, alongside Pete Kennaugh, and Andy Tennant. Ben Swift is poised to ride in the non-Olympic scratch race.