Duo aim to repay selectors’ faith

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OLYMPIC medal winning cyclists Ross Edgar and Victoria Pendleton are hoping to repay the selectors’ faith when they fly the flag for Team GB in this weekend’s UCI Track World Championships in Holland.

Edgar, from Ousden, will line-up in the first round heats of the Keirin on Saturday after a long-awaited recall to the squad.

“Having not had much racing all year I was not really sure what was going to happen,” said Edgar. “Now I have been selected I am really looking forward to getting back on track.”

Overlooked for both the Keirin and men’s sprint during the last round of the World Cup Series in Manchester last month, the 28-year-old failed to make an impression in his only appearance of the event in the Japanese Keirin – eventually being disqualified.

“Things have moved on a lot since Manchester,” added Edgar. “Training has been going well and I think my form is much better than it was with my times being the best for a while.”

Despite facing competition from fellow Team GB cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Matt Crampton and Jason Kenny, Edgar is confident he can be among the medals.

“If I race well I am confident I can be among the medals. There are some good faces in the competition,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mildenhall Cycling Club gold member Victoria Pendleton will take to the track for the women’s Keirin and individual sprint.