Laura Trott can go a long way - Brailsford

BRITISH Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford believes double Track Cycling World Championship gold medallist Laura Trott is a prodigious talent.

Nineteen-year-old Trott added to the successful defence of her 3km team pursuit world title on day two with a gold in the six-discipline omnium, in Melbourne.

Brailsford has overseen the development of the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins and thinks Trott has a great chance of being successful in the future.

“She’s pretty special,” said Brailsford, as Britain finished with five gold medals from 10 Olympic events at the Hisense Arena.

“She was absolutely brilliant in the team pursuit and she rode an absolutely faultless omnium. Super talent - 19 years old. Wow. It’s pretty exciting.”


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Trott’s two-lap turn at the front of the three-woman, 12-lap, team pursuit as Britain hit a new record of three minutes 15.720 seconds - hitting the magic 3mins 15secs target four months ahead of schedule - showed how important she is to Olympic hopes in the event.

The teenager from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, then sealed a narrow victory in the omnium, despite her tender years.

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Brailsford added: “She’s got to concentrate on how to win bike races, continue doing what she’s doing and all that will come to her at the right time.

“If she can keep that same attitude and the same sort of chirpy nature... she’s a real racer. She’ll go a long way, for sure.

“It was probably the toughest World Championships that I can remember.

“We really had to go toe to toe and fight for every single medal that we’ve got.”

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