Kenny wants team sprint improvements at Manchester World Cup

31 October 2013 / 18:26

Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny has vowed to release some anger at the Track World Cup in Manchester after a disappointing European Championship campaign in Apeldoorn.

Kenny, who won team and individual sprint gold at the London 2012 Olympics last summer, defending his title from Beijing 2008 in the former, picked up two medals in the Netherlands.

He claimed bronze in the individual sprint and silver in the keirin but was off the podium in the team sprint as the British trio of himself, Olympic gold-medal winning teammate Philip Hindes and Kian Emadi lost in the race for bronze.

They were beaten by Russia with Matt Crampton joining the three for the opening Track World Cup of the season in Manchester and vying with Emadi to take the man three place in the team sprint.

Hindes continues as man one and Kenny, who will also ride the keirin and individual sprint in Manchester, man two and he wants to put in a performance to banish the memories of the Europeans.

“I was a bit gutted to be honest. I thought we’d go better than we did,” Kenny told British Cycling. “Everyone has worked really hard on it this summer; we needed to basically after the worlds, it showed that we were a bit off the pace.

“I don’t think we showed what we’re really capable of at the Europeans. I think we’re able to do a lot better than that. We’ve kind of sat down and had a meeting and hopefully we’ll go better at the Manchester World Cup now.

“At the end of the day we’re all training as hard as we can. We can’t really worry about the physical aspect too much. We just have to make sure that we nail every ride technically.

“There was definitely some time in there for us that we can find; free time if you like just by getting it technically right. So that’s what we’ll be trying to do this weekend. Something a little bit different and hopefully that will pay off.”

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