British Cycling's technical director Shane Sutton says his team's performance in Paris is no indicator of how they will fair at the Rio Olympics

Shane Sutton admits the 2016 World Championships in London will be the defining moment for his track squad ahead of the Rio Olympics.

The British came away from Paris with a tenth-place finish in the medal table thanks to three silver medals, but British Cycling’s technical director is not overly worried.

Instead, Sutton says next year’s competition will be a better indicator of where the Olympic medallists may be, with quite little time for improvement between the Worlds and Olympics.

“We didn’t come to this worlds thinking we’re going to come in and win a shed load of medals,” Sutton said on the BC website.

“We’re doing all in our power (and) we know we can lead these guys into a successful Rio. We know where we are and we know what’s needed.”

Laura Trott’s silver in the women’s omnium on Sunday added to the two silvers won by the men’s and women’s team pursuit squads, but Great Britain lagged well behind hosts France, who topped the medal table with five golds.

Commenting on Britain’s medal tally, Sutton added: “That is three Olympic medals. We are at the races here, no doubt about it.

“If Cav wants to line up in the omnium, or Swift wants to line up in the omnium, or Clancy wants to line up in the omnium, then that is a fourth medal in which we are very competitive.

“The fifth one I think we will be very competitive in is the men’s team sprint. I think given where we got to with Kian Emadi, the ride he did at the Commonwealth Games, and at the worlds last year, he had really developed well as a man three, before he got injured.

“That all of a sudden gives us a real golden opportunity. Five medals in which we are really competitive still.”

  • Common Wombat

    Clearly the impacts of generational change have had severe impacts on the sprint side with the retirements of Hoy & Pendleton and the following generation yet to attain comparable standards. The return to full fitness of James may help the women but there is few signs on the men’s side. In the meantime, FRA has continues to advance as have NZL, GER & RUS.
    The migration to road on a full-time basis has also had severe impacts on the road enduro side, esp male. Wiggins’ touted return may be a partial Band-Aid but any “indomitability’ has passed. The women’s program is still very strong but AUS, in particular, appear to have more than ma
    In short, I certainly would NOT expect to see GBR walk away empty handed from the Rio track program and Sutton’s handful of medals is not implausible (although I would probably look more at 3-4). Olympic medals are hard earned and such a result should not be seen as a failure. What is happening is the inevitable “return to normaility” after the passing of an outstanding generation and the resulting period of dominance.

  • ian jones

    i think it was a wake up call for some of our top riders and we have time to put it right for Rio with the B.C. back up team. but the interview with jason kenny was a disgrace. he thought it was funny and he said chris hoy made mistakes, which is right but he went down fighting .jason kenny as olympic champion was a disgrace to the british jersey. all the lottery funding for that performance. some questions need asking.

  • Edvid

    They won’t dominate Rio like they did Beijing/London though. In 2011 they still left Apeldoorn with 9 medals.

  • David Bassett

    I seem to remember that there was loads of doom and gloom in
    2011, and our bubble had burst, but Shane Sutton and the rest of the “Brill BC
    team” proved all the doubters wrong. G.B. will fly the flag once again.