Sutton backs James to make Rio impact

27 January 2015 / 14:27

Becky James can bounce back from recent injury troubles and go on to great things at the Rio Olympics, according to Great Britain Cycling team technical director Shane Sutton.

A knee injury has disrupted James’ training since last summer and is still an issue for the 23-year-old who will miss next month’s track World Championships in Paris.

James has been forced to undergo intense rehabilitation and her layoff is set to continue beyond next month’s championships.

However, such is the talent of James – who won gold in the keirin and sprint at last year’s World Championships – that Sutton still expects her to make an impact in 2016.

"This is a big worlds for a lot of the riders. The only downside for us this world championships is that we haven’t got a fully-fit Becky James,” Sutton told British Cycling.

"I'm convinced that with the coaching and the support services that we'll put her back to not only where she was but will surpass what she's done in the past.

“And she's going to have to because the goalposts have moved.

“She's had an injury but I'm quite sure that she'll bounce right back and surpass everything she's done previously and go on to great things in Rio. I'm sure of it."

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