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Cycling news - Laura Kenny warns against complacency after Brits outpaced in Poland

Kenny warns against complacency after Brits outpaced in Poland
By Reuters

04/03/2019 at 21:12Updated 04/03/2019 at 22:56

Britain's track cyclists were still digesting a disappointing world championships medal haul on Monday but four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny believes there is no need to panic.

The 26-year-old queen of the boards did warn, however, against assuming everything will be alright on the night when the Tokyo Olympics roll around next year.

When Elinor Barker won the opening race last week in Pruszkow a British gold-rush might have been expected but her scratch race victory was the only one.

Kenny was part of the team pursuit quartet beaten to gold by Australia and then withdrew before the omnium because of illness.

Video - GB's Archibald wiped out in crash

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The sprinters also failed to fire and only once in the last eight world championships have Britain claimed fewer than the four medals they managed in Poland.

"I don't think there is anything dramatic that we should be worrying about, or changing now, it's just about moving forward as a team," Kenny told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

"Having said that we can't be complacent. We can't be like, 'Oh well every time we go to the Olympics it comes together' because it's not as simple as that.

MASSIVE CHANGES

"The team has changed massively this time, not just with the riders but with the whole set-up, and there are lots of different people in different roles."

Men's endurance coach German Heiko Salzwedel, who plotted the team pursuiters' path to Rio gold, left in 2018 and there have been other disruptions in British Cycling.

"Everyone has to come together, that's what has always happened," Kenny said.

"If we can do that the results will start coming again. In 2015 the worlds weren't great but we were back on top in Rio. So let's not throw everything out of the window."

Video - Britain's classy Kenny and Archibald win Madison title at London Track World Cup

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Kenny, formerly Trott, gave birth to son Albie in 2017 and admits she struggled for pace on her return to the velodrome before claiming two golds at last year's European championships.

She was especially looking forward to laying down a marker in the omnium in Pruszkow last week before illness struck.

However, being a mum helped keep things in perspective.

"I was so gutted, it was so disappointing," she said. "I'd never pulled out of a championships before. Training had gone really well and I really wanted to do well in the omnium and compete against (eventual winner) Kirsten Wild.

"I was sad but Albie is my world now whereas pre-2017 I would say cycling was everything. I cycle now for Albie and want him to have the experiences of going around the world watching me, but I don't get completely wrapped up in it the same way."

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