Jon Dibben thinks new team pursuit build-up will boost his omnium performance in Paris


Great Britain’s Jon Dibben believes that the new coaching set-up for the team pursuit will also pay dividends in the omnium at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris from 18-22 February.

Dibben was part of the team pursuit squad that posted a disappointing eighth place at the 2014 world championships in Colombia but since then a comprehensive coaching restructure has re-invigorated the team.

"Last year obviously wasn't great so there's a bit of a desire to come back and prove that we can do it this year,” said Dibben, who rode the Cali event alongside Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Sam Harrison.

“This year quite a lot has changed - we've got a new coach, new build-up, new year, new race. We're not really thinking too much about it really. We’re just looking forward to getting out and seeing what we can do and get a good result this time."

The return of endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel in November is just one element in a raft of changes wrought by technical director Shane Sutton with immediate impact felt in the men’s team pursuit squad.

Following a win at the European championships in Guadeloupe, the team, with Salzwedel now at the helm, carried their momentum into the 2014/15 UCI Track Cycling World Cup season, collecting silver and gold medals at the Mexico and London rounds.

Yet for Dibben, the ripples have had positive effects on his omnium, which will be the 21-year-old’s primary focus in Paris. 

"I’m pretty happy really,” said Dibben of his recent experiences in the six-event discipline. “The change of format - I didn't know how I'd go in that because normally the omniums I've done before my points race was one of the weaker ones.

"But certainly in the summer in the qualifying rounds my points race was good, Euros my points race was better as well.

"I think the training we've done will suit the omnium more this time as well. I should have a good base for the points.”

Dibben rode both the omnium and team pursuit in a packed two and a half day’s racing at the Mexico world cup and suffered, only managing 19th place.

Seventh in London came despite a disastrous elimination race, Dibben riding a gutsy final points race that saw him recover from a crash and win two sprints.   

But the man who finished eighth in the event at the 2013 worlds in Minsk is confident that a uninterrupted run in training since London will deliver him in the best shape to produce a strong result at the National Velodrome Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

"The proper worlds focus build-up started straight after London,” said Dibben. “Since then it has gone really good up until today, so if we can continue like that, then touch wood we'll be good at the worlds.

"It's just piecing it all together on the day not having any bad luck like I did in London in the devil.”

The 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships take place from 18-22 February.

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For more information on the Great Britain squad for the world championships read our 2015 track cycling world championships guide.