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Laura Trott hungry for Commonwealth Games success

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Published: 22 July 2014

Laura Trott

Laura Trott is fixated on adding a Commonwealth Games medal to her collection in Glasgow.

The 22-year-old will swap the colours of the Great Britain Cycling Team for Team England on the track and road in Scotland.

Double Olympic champion Trott, who competed as an 18-year-old in Delhi in 2010, says her competitive nature means she is fully committed to adding to her already glowing palmares.

"For me, every race I go into I want to win so it hasn't changed my mind-set after winning gold," said Trott, who won two Olympic golds at London 2012.

"It's always the same for me. Whichever race I do I'm fired for it because I want to win."

Trott accepts she will be considered a favourite for the podium on the track. The five-time world champion will compete in the individual pursuit and scratch race at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

There she will come up against Great Britain teammates Dani King and Joanna Rowsell - both of Team England - Katie Archibald of Team Scotland plus Elinor Barker and Amy Roberts, who are riding for Team Wales.

"It changes how people view me," Trott said of being a double Olympic champion.

"I guess I'm the one to beat in certain races. For the Commonwealth Games, as it is individual events, I am sort of hoping people won't see it like that.

"But I guess from the outside world a cycling race is a cycling race and people are going to expect me to win. For me it's different as it is individual events.”

Following the track cycling from 24-27 July, British road champion Trott will support Team England colleague Lizzie Armitstead in the road race on Sunday 3 August.

It is a role Trott is happy to play on a course on which Armitstead won the 2013 British Cycling National Road Championships women’s race.

“Track is where my heart lays, it's always going to be where it lays,” Trott said.

“I like to think that I can go to a (road) race and do a job, like when I'm on Wiggle-Honda I help Giorgia Bronzini (two-time world champion) or when I ride for England in the coming weeks I’ll try and help Lizzie or maybe even Dani (King) to the win.”

Ahead of the Games, Trott has been training at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester alongside a number of Team England cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins.

For Trott, it is a chance to work with one of her heroes having met the four-time Olympic champion as a youngster. When she joined the Great Britain Cycling Team full-time in 2009, Wiggins had shifted his focus from the track to the road with Team Sky.

“I really like the fact he is back in,” Trott said. “I never got to train with him because he moved on to road as I came into the squad so I was kind of disappointed. But now he's back on the track and I just like hearing stories.

“He's the first pro I ever met. I was quite young when I did meet him as well. I had someone to idolise.”

 

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