Meares looks to continue World Championships domination in London


Anna Meares has her sights firmly set on a 12th rainbow jersey at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships as Australia look to dominate again.

The 32-year-old is the most successful female cyclist at the World Championships since making her debut in 2002, but is keen to stress her past exploits mean nothing as she heads to London.

Meares will defend her keirin title at the velodrome where she claimed gold in the women's sprint at the London 2012 Olympics, a venue she is relishing racing in once again.

"I'm excited to be back in the UK, on the London track where I have such incredible memories, where something so very special happened in 2012," she told the Cycling Australia website ahead of her 13th World Championships.

"Our team is in a strong position with three quality riders. Myself, Steph [Morton] and Kaarle [McCulloch] all want to be in the team and we offer to Gary West, the national coach, the management and selectors some really strong options."

With Rio 2016 less than six months away, the worlds offer a great opportunity for all the riders to assess their own performance and that of their rivals, and the event will see some of cycling's top names in action.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and two-time world champion Mark Cavendish are in the Great Britain squad, while reigning champions Gregory Bauge and Kirsten Wild will be action for France and Netherlands respectively.

Great Britain had dominated recent World Championships, but struggled last year in Paris, only winning three silver medals throughout the week of racing.

Technical director Shane Sutton hopes for a change of fortunes on home soil and believes the return of Cavendish and Wiggins could boost their chances.

"We weren't on our game [last year] we had some half decent results and solid performances when you dug down deep but the medal table didn't show anything," he told Omnisport. 

"I'm just hoping that this year we are ready to perform in front of a home crowd. I believe we're on the right trajectory.

"From a squad perspective it's fantastic [having Wiggins and Cavendish], it's what they bring to the party. 

"But the biggest thing is they integrate into the team, they are superstars in their own right but are just two members in Team GB at this moment in time."

The team sprint finals for both men and women are the highlight on day one on Wednesday, with the five days of competition coming to a close on Sunday with the men's madison.