Great Britain cyclist Laura Trott insists she will be going all out to retain her omnium title at this week’s World Track Championships in Cali, Columbia, warning her fellow competitors she feels stronger than ever.
The 21-year-old first won omnium World Championship gold in Melbourne 2012 before being forced to relinquish the rainbow jersey last year in Minsk when she finished second behind Sarah Hammer of the United States.
The pair, who went head-to-head in the six-discipline event at London 2012 with Trott emerging victorious, will again lock horns in Columbia, with the five-day championships starting on Wednesday.
And while the long-term focus is on peaking for Rio in 2016, two-time Olympic champion Trott admits winning the rainbow jersey back is a major motivation.
"It's massive for me," said Trott, who also takes part in the women’s team pursuit as they begin the defence of their title on Wednesday.
"If you speak to (British Cycling head coach) Shane Sutton he'll be like 'oh it doesn't matter this year'.
"For me it is a personal target. I want to get that jersey in the omnium. I want to get it back.
"This year it's gone so much more smoothly. I just feel so good in myself. I feel that much stronger. I'm hoping for good things."
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