Dibben ready to put World Championship ghosts to bed

13 February 2015 / 17:51

Jon Dibben believes Great Britain’s cyclists will reap the rewards of a coaching shakeup when they head to Paris for next week’s Track Cycling World Championships.

The 21-year-old was part the team pursuit squad which failed to make their mark at the 2014 world championships and found themselves in eighth position.

But a restructure – which saw the return of endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel – has given the squad a new lease of life and Dibben believes they are ready to take the world by storm in France.

"Last year obviously wasn't great so there's a bit of a desire to come back and prove that we can do it this year,” he told British Cycling.

“This year quite a lot has changed - we've got a new coach, new build-up, new year, new race.

“We're not really thinking too much about it really. We’re just looking forward to getting out and seeing what we can do and get a good result this time.”

While the ghosts of last year’s team pursuit still linger it is the omnium that will be the central focus for Dibben in Paris.

And after finishing 19th in Mexico and seventh in London on the World Cup circuit, Dibben is pleased with the way things are progressing.

"I’m pretty happy really. The change of format - I didn't know how I'd go in that because normally the omniums I've done before my points race was one of the weaker ones,” he added.

"But certainly in the summer in the qualifying rounds my points race was good, Euros my points race was better as well.

"I think the training we've done will suit the omnium more this time as well. I should have a good base for the points.

"The proper worlds focus build-up started straight after London. Since then it has gone really good up, so if we can continue like that, then touch wood we'll be good at the worlds.

"It's just piecing it all together on the day not having any bad luck like I did in London in the devil.”

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