Olympic gold medalist Ed Clancy will replace legendary British cyclist Sir Chris Hoy in the team sprint at the World Cup that is set to be held in Glasgow next month. Hoy is taking a sabbatical from the sport in order to be fresh for the World Championships that are scheduled for next year, especially after a hectic Olympic Games schedule and as a result, he will not be able to take part in the event which will be held in the velodrome named in his honor.
This vacancy in the team will be filled up by the inclusion of Ed Clancy in the team, who won the gold for Great Britain in the longer team pursuit as well as the bronze in the omnium at the recently concluded Olympic Games in London. Hoy is the most successful athlete in the history of the Olympic Games for Great Britain and his absence will undoubtedly be a loss for the team but Hoy himself believes that at his age, it is high time he let younger riders get into the team.
Clancy himself is a five time world champion but even he is a bit shaken about taking the place of Sir Chris Hoy in the team. He admitted that stepping into the shoes of one of the greatest cyclists of all time is a challenge but also mentioned that he will try his utmost best to live up to his name and make Hoy proud.
The 27 year old also stated that his style is best suited for middle distances – the kilo and the team pursuit – and as a result, training will have to be altered – which means less time sat at the sidelines! He also feels extremely at the prospect of racing with his team mates Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, who were with Hoy during the Games.