Great Britain’s Liam Phillips insists he is hellbent on getting back to the top step of the podium at this week’s BMX World Championships in Belgium.
Phillips was world champion in 2013 but, despite winning the 2014 World Cup, he crashed out of last year’s World Championships.
The 26-year-old heads into this year’s global gathering – with the time trial taking place on Friday ahead of Saturday’s supercross event – sitting fourth in the BMX Supercross World Cup series, having won the opener in Manchester before crashing in the Papendal edition in May.
And Phillips believes he is in the ideal shape to once again be crowned world champion.
"I certainly would love to wear that jersey again," said Phillips, who is one of five Great Britain riders competing in Belgium – with 2014 world bronze medallist Tre Whyte, Kyle Evans, Quillan Isidore, and Charlotte Green all competing.
"We've done a lot of work on the technical side but I've also made some really good physical gains.
"I know that come race day if I can execute I should be in contention to challenge for the podium," said Phillips.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying to execute some of the stuff I've done in training."
Great Britain coach Grant White added: "It's all shaping nicely. We're looking forward to getting stuck in to racing.
"Preparation for Liam has gone really well. He's as fast as he's ever been in training and in a technical sense he's doing things on the track he couldn't do six months ago.
"Liam's capable but sometimes things do happen in BMX that are unexpected so you need things to go your way."
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