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Hoy looks towards long-term goals

Venue: Pruskow, Poland Dates: 25-29 March Coverage: Watch on BBC TWO, red button and the BBC Sport website

Hoy frustrated to miss World Championships

Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy says winning gold medals at London 2012 is a bigger priority for Britain than at the world track cycling championships.

The event begins in Poland on Wednesday but the three-time Beijing champion will miss out because of a hip injury.

Victoria Pendleton is the only defending individual world champion in the Great Britain squad.

"We want to win everything we start, but it's not necessarily about the gold medal count," he told BBC Sport.

"It's more the process of the next four years leading up to London and really looking towards building a solid foundation and surpassing what we did in Beijing."

I will watch a bit of them and then not want to watch for a while

Sir Chris Hoy on watching as a spectator

Hoy's fellow Olympic gold medallists and defending world champions Bradley Wiggins and Rebecca Romero will also be absent in Pruszkow, with Victoria Pendleton the only Briton travelling to defend an individual title.

But their absence will give Britain's younger riders like Matt Crampton and Dave Daniell the ideal opportunity to shine at a major international competition.

Jason Kenny, who came second behind Hoy in the Olympic sprint and took gold with him in the team sprint, also has the chance to step out of the shadows.

"There is so much talent coming through, there is a definite influx of new riders coming through, which is just as important as the medal haul," said Hoy, who won two gold medals, in the 1km time trial and keirin, at the 2008 World Championships in Manchester.

"It's a really exciting championship for the British team. Jason Kenny has already shined at the highest level, while Matt won the keirin in Manchester [in the World Cup in November 2008].

"Dave Daniell has produced some great rides in the one kilometre time-trial."


The Scot faces eight weeks out of action before he can return to training following his spectacular crash during the keirin final at the World Cup event in Denmark last month.

And Hoy admitted it will be "frustrating" to watch this year's competition as a spectator.

"I will watch a bit of them and then not want to watch for a while," he said.

"But I will record it and watch the races in the future for a technical point of view to analyse your rivals and seeing what they are doing."

see also
Cavendish named in GB track team
23 Mar 09 |  Cycling
Will to win undiminished for Hoy
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Hoy to miss World Championships
03 Mar 09 |  Cycling
Hoy's crash in photos
15 Feb 09 |  Cycling
Cavendish captures green jersey
23 Feb 09 |  Cycling
Wiggins pulls out of Paris-Nice
11 Mar 09 |  Cycling
Hoy clinches historic third gold
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling
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