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Hoy eyes Manchester clean sweep

Sir Chris Hoy

Interview - Hoy goes for World Cup glory

Venue: Manchester Velodrome Dates: 30 Oct - 1 Nov
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, the red button and BBC Sport website (UK only); live commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra

Sir Chris Hoy aims to qualify for next March's World Championships with medals in all three of his events at the World Cup event in Manchester.

Hoy will race the sprint, keirin and team sprint, all of which he won at the Beijing Olympics last year.

"The main priority is to try and qualify for the World Championships in one clean sweep," he told BBC Sport.

"If I could get a medal in the two individual events and do well in the team sprint that should be enough."

Hoy will be in action in the keirin on Friday, the sprint on Saturday and the team event on Sunday.

This weekend's event is the first of four in the World Cup Series, which continues in Melbourne, Cali in Colombia, and Beijing over the next three months.

If you look at the number of races I've done over the years it's a wonder you don't crash more often

Sir Chris Hoy

"It's not the end of the world if I don't qualify," Hoy said.

"We've got three more World Cups to go to but ideally I'd like not to have to travel around the world on long-haul flights, chasing points.

"If I [qualify] it means I can get back to foundation training."

Hoy missed last year's Worlds after injuring his hip in a heavy crash during the World Cup keirin race in Copenhagen.

He was back at his best last weekend, though, winning his three events at the national championships and setting a track record 9.99 seconds over 200m in sprint qualifying.

Pendleton 'prays to the form fairies'

"To come here last week, break the track record and go faster than I've ever gone before here - including the World Championships in 2008 - was a really encouraging sign," he said.

"If you look at the number of races I've done over the years and the physical events we do it's a wonder you don't crash more often.

"It's hard work to come back from an injury or lay-off but I've had the whole summer as an off-season and worked very hard."

A strong British contingent will compete in Manchester, some in Great Britain colours, while the top riders will compete for Team Sky+HD.

However, Olympic individual pursuit champion Rebecca Romero is absent as cycling's world governing body is believed to be considering axing the event from the Olympic programme.

Also in squad are Olympic champions Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny, Jamie Staff, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas while Beijing medallists Ross Edgar, Steven Burke, Wendy Houvenaghel and Chris Newton are also selected.

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World champions Lizzie Armitstead and Joanna Rowsell will also be in action along with double junior world champion Becky James.

Pendleton is keen for herself and her compatriots to do well in Manchester, but underlined that the real goal for British riders are the London 2012 Olympics.

She told BBC Sport: "I haven't spent much time training with the rest of the team so I can only speak for myself - my training has gone pretty well and I am pretty pleased with how the start of the season has gone.

"In fact, I am ahead of schedule in terms of where I thought my conditioning would be, so I am happy with that.

"We should pray to the form fairies and hope we find some really good form in Manchester but we are obviously looking at a three-year programme, so I am not expecting to be breaking any world records this year or even next year.

"We will be doing what we can and sticking to the bigger plan for 2012 while making the most of any competiton we go to."

Team Sky+HD: Ross Edgar, Chris Hoy, Peter Mitchell, Victoria Pendleton, Jamie Staff

Team GB: Lizzie Armitstead, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Matt Crampton, David Daniell, Wendy Houvenaghel, Rebecca James, Jason Kenny, Chris Newton, Joanna Rowsell, Ben Swift, Andy Tennant, Geraint Thomas, Jess Varnish

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