Number 13: Laura Trott
Last year’s position: N/A
In Beijing, it was Jason Kenny who came from nowhere to clinch a place in the Great Britain Olympic Games team at the age of 20.
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Could Laura Trott do the same in London?
She will be 20 years old by the time the Olympics arrive and this year she has emerged as a rival to Lizzie Armitstead for the omnium place.
This year she has taken big strides forward. At the World Junior Track Championships in Italy she won the gold medal in the omnium ad took silver in both the individual pursuit and points race.
Her success on the track came on the back of a fourth place in time trial at the World Junior Road Race Championships, an event that was part of her preparation for the track rather than an objective in its own right.
She followed up with three national junior titles on the track (points race, pursuit and 500m) and a couple of bronze medals at the senior nationals (pursuit and Madison, with Harriet Owen).
Trott got a major taste of senior international competition when she was selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She was seventh in the individual pursuit and ninth in the scratch and points races.
After that came the European Championships, where she was an excellent fourth in the omnium, only two points off a medal and let down only by the elimination and points races.
She also partnered Wendy Houvenaghel and Katie Colclough to gold in the team pursuit.
At the weekend she was fifth in the omnium at the Cali World Cup, winning the time trial event and finishing fourth in the individual pursuit.
Her progress continues to be rapid. The next road season will be crucial because it will enable her to build her strength so she can return to the track and take another leap forward.
But don’t be surprised if Trott is in the frame for Olympic selection. She has the turn of speed that will help her be a force in the bunch races which are currently the weakest area of her omnium armoury.
A junior world title in the event this year shows she is on the right track.
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