Confident Edgar vows to win place in London team sprint
IT was the news Ross Edgar was dreading.
A year ago the International Cycling Union announced that countries competing in the Olympics would be restricted to entering just one rider or team for each event in London 2012.
At the Beijing Games, Team GB had virtually swept the board with seven golds from the 10 events. Four more medals were also won, including a silver for Edgar in the keirin.
Now the 28-year-old has had to quickly reassess his training programme and plans for his home Olympics with cyclists urged to concentrate on one event.
With Sir Chris Hoy likely to get the nod in the keirin, Edgar arguably has one chance and one chance only to make London 2012 – the team sprint, three years after he was dropped from the same event in Beijing.
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He said: “I can’t deny that the decision to change the whole system had put a bit of a downer on me. I have trained full time for more than 10 years and I feel I have been let down at my home Olympics by not getting a chance to compete.”
While disgruntled by the rule-changes, there is one thing Edgar doesn’t lack – confidence.
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But that is understandable given his CV which includes national junior sprint titles, Commonwealth and World Championship medals and that silver in Beijing.
Edgar, who was brought up near Newmarket where his family still lives, said: “A year out, training is going well. I feel I am back to my best and I’m fairly confident I will make the team for London.
“I think the team needs me to be fair. They picked up a bronze in the last World Championships and I feel like they can only go better with me in the team.”
Edgar, who was named opening ceremony flag-bearer for Scotland in last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, has already had a taster of what to expect in 12 months’ time.
He explained: “I went down for the opening of the Velodrome a few months ago and just going in the arena and going through the entrance of the Olympic Park gives you all these feelings.
“The Velodrome is a really good facility and when it is full, it is going to be a great venue with a great atmosphere.”
Now Edgar will be doing all he can to back up his confident words with a series of performances to ensure he is undroppable when it comes to those precious few Olympic places.