Philip Hindes: "It's a big step for me"

05 March 2012 / 12:33

Philip Hindes is determined to emulate Jason Kenny and power from obscurity on to the podium at the Olympic Velodrome.

The 19-year-old German-born rider was a surprise selection in Great Britain's 15-person squad for the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, which takes place from April 4 to 8.

Hindes was promoted into the sprint squad alongside Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, the Olympic gold and silver medal winner in Beijing aged 20, and Matt Crampton as Britain still seek to resolve the troublesome starting lap berth in the team sprint. It is a pivotal role in order to sling-shot the second and third riders into action.

The selection fully justified the move from Germany into Britain's Olympic academy programme in October 2010, according to Hindes.

He said: "It's a big step for me to go to the World Championships and it's a good opportunity to go there and to show what I can do. I'm really happy it has gone so well. It proves I did everything right."

Hindes has been told he will be travelling for experience, with Kenny likely to return to the man-one slot Britain have struggled to fill since Olympic champion Jamie Staff's retirement.

Ross Edgar assumed the role for February's Track World Cup in London, but Britain could not overhaul Germany and France despite having Kenny and Hoy, both Olympic champions in the event alongside Staff, to ride the second and third laps.

Edgar has been omitted from the squad for Melbourne, with Britain seeking to find crucial fractions of a second on the opening lap.

Germany's Rene Enders was the leading starter in London, twice clocking 17.3 seconds, 0.4secs faster than Edgar.

While thrilled just to be chosen for Australia, Hindes is optimistic he can find the required speed to be more than just a spectator at the Hisense Arena.

"I'm going for experience, but I think if I'm going quick enough then I might get a ride," added Hindes, who has clocked faster than his 17.81s personal best in training.

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