Chris Hoy wants to win Britain?s first team sprint gold medal for three years at the World Championships in Manchester in March.

The Scot has made a seamless transition from kilo champion Keirin superstar in the past 18 months.

But gold in the team event at the Worlds in Manchester is still a burning ambition, as is another Olympic medal in the summer. The last World title for the sprint trio came in Los Angeles in 2005.

With seven riders pressing for just three spots in the Olympic team, the next two World Cups and the World Championships will go a long way to determining the ?A? team.

Performance director Dave Brailsford is hesitant to talk in terms of an ?A? team and a ?B? team because he says all the riders are in with a shout.

So far this season every opportunity has been taken ? in competition and training ? to try out different line-ups.

Hoy said: “We haven?t really decided our ?A? team in the team sprint yet.

“We have been trying different people in different positions so we have yet to run our full strength team, which obviously we will do at the World Championships.

“This year we missed the gold medal by two thousandths of a second in Palma, which is less than a blink of an eye. So we are looking at every possible area where we can make small gains.

“We have not won a team sprint gold since Los Angeles in 2005 so we are aiming to turn that round in Manchester and that would be great to do that in front of a home crowd pushing us on.”

There?s still a long way to go before the final team is decided.

A bronze medal at the Beijing World Cup showed there?s still plenty of life in the trio that delivered Olympic silver in Sydney almost eight years ago.

Hoy, Craig MacLean and Jason Queally will always be known as the Dream Team for their performances that helped make Great Britain a world player on the track at the start of the decade.

And although others may tot up the combined age of that team and come out with 104, age is just a number for Brailsford and the coaching staff. The mantra is, if you?re fast enough, you?re young enough.

But who would you pick if you were the Great Britain sprint coach? With seven to choose from there is an embarrassment of riches.

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Matthew Crampton

Age: 21

Former European junior sprint and Keirin champion. Second for England in the team sprint at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

Ross Edgar

Age: 24

Silver medalist in the team sprint at the Worlds in Majorca last year. Won team sprint gold for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

Chris Hoy

Age: 31

Medals galore. World champion, Olympic champion. Team sprint gold at Sydney Olympics and for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Jason Kenny

Age: 19

Won the Moscow World Cup team sprint last season with Crampton and MacLean. Junior world Keirin, sprint and team sprint champion.

Craig MacLean

Age: 36

Silver medalist in the team sprint at the Sydney Olympics. World team sprint champion in 2002, gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Jason Queally

Age: 37

Olympic kilo champion and part of the team sprint squad in Sydney. World team sprint champion in 2005 with Hoy and Staff.

Jamie Staff

Age: 34

Team sprint world champion in Denmark in 2002.


And what about the team pursuit? They proved in Sydney and Beijing that they can swap line-ups and positions almost at will and still knock out a 4-02 ride.

But imagine it?s Olympic Games final night. You have to pick four. Who would you go with?

Ed Clancy

Age: 22

Twice gold medalist in the World Championship team pursuit. Only road round one in 2005 (Los Angeles) but was in final quartet this year (Majorca)

Steve Cummings

Age: 26

Silver medalist in the team pursuit at the Olympics in Athens. World champion in Los Angeles, Commonwealth champion for England in 2006

Rob Hayles

Age: 34

World team pursuit champion twice (Los Angeles 2005, Melbourne 2006). Bronze at the Sydney Olympics, silver in Athens

Paul Manning

Age: 33

Three-time World Championship team pursuit gold medalist (Los Angeles, Melbourne and Majorca). Part of the Sydney and Athens Olympic teams too. Commonwealth Games champion

Chris Newton

Age: 34

World and Commonwealth champion in the team pursuit. Also has silver and bronze Olympic medals in the discipline

Geraint Thomas

Age: 21

Came into the team pursuit squad in 2006 and took silver at the Worlds in Bordeaux. Upgraded to gold in Majorca in March

Bradley Wiggins

Age: 27

Olympic individual pursuit champion. Multiple world champion

PICTURE Craig MacLean leads the team sprinters ? would he make your team?


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