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Hoy knocked out in world sprint quarter-finals

Chris Hoy is beaten by Gregory Bauge

Hoy loses out in world sprint

Track Cycling World Championships 2010
Venue: Ballerup Super Arena, Ballerup, Denmark Dates: 24-28 March
Coverage: Live on BBC Two, red button and BBC Sport website

Olympic sprint champion Sir Chris Hoy suffered a shock quarter-final defeat at the World Championships in Denmark.

Hoy lost 2-1 to Gregory Bauge of France after a second-round defeat saw him seeded against the world champion.

Germany's Robert Forstemann beat Hoy in the heats by employing controversial tactics, racing all three laps.

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford described the move by Forstemann as "disrespectful" but Hoy said: "I take full responsibility."

Fellow Brits Jason Kenny and Matthew Crampton were also knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

They're trying absolutely every trick in the book to try and beat Chris Hoy

Dave Brailsford

Hoy came back from a first-leg defeat to Bauge to win the second leg and lead the third but he could not quite hold on in the decider, losing in a photo finish by less than half a wheel.

However, he had already endured more racing than the Frenchman, after a controversial heat then a repechage race, which he won in a photo.

The gladiatorial sprint duels usually feature cat-and-mouse games in the first two of the three-lap contests but Hoy was stunned by the tactics employed by Forstemann in the second round.

The German had apparent issues with his bike and officials requested it be adjusted, leaving Hoy to wait for almost four minutes.

When the whistle finally went, Forstemann was off, sprinting the entire 750m and leaving Hoy to play catch-up. He got there only to be beaten in a photo finish.

Brailsford said: "You see it every now and then, but I think it was a bit disrespectful.

"Fair enough, they're trying absolutely every trick in the book to try and beat Chris Hoy.

"But a big champion like Chris, he's a legend in the sport and I think he deserves a bit more respect."

However, Hoy told BBC Sport: "For a split-second I did think about just letting him go and keeping my legs fresh but I can make lots of excuses.

"I did do an extra race and that always counts against you but I can't make excuses. I put myself in that position and I cannot blame anybody else. I put myself in the repechage - yes it did make my legs a bit more tired but then that's bike racing.

Hoy was also magnanimous enough to acknowledge Forstemann's "intuition" to attack.

"There is nothing to say you cannot attack from the start," said Hoy. "It doesn't happen very often but it did and all credit to him.

"He got it bang on and I was caught napping - the rest is history. If you switch off for a split second you leave yourself vulnerable and that's what happened.

"I would absolutely congratulate him on his ride because he took the initiative and he executed it very well."

Looking ahead to the 2012 Olympics, the Scot admitted he had been taught an important lesson on Saturday.

"I won't lose like that again, that's for sure," said Hoy. "As long as you learn from your mistakes that's the important thing. If you do the same mistake again and again then that's when you're embarrassed.

"I actually take it as a compliment because if people are willing to take what you'd call almost suicide moves to beat you it means they realise in a normal race they wouldn't have the speed to beat me. But it does mean I have to be on my guard in every single round.

"To come away with a gold and a bronze is not the end of the world. I think there are incredibly high expectations of the British team and people expect you to keep performing all the time.

"As I've said numerous times I would sacrifice every medal between now and the London Games to be a London champion and I stand by that."

Meanwhile, Brailsford seemed unconcerned about a warning from the world governing body that illegal technological advances will not be tolerated.

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International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid said he was particularly concerned about the way some teams - naming Britain, Germany and Australia - are flouting rules by using expensive equipment that "is not commercially available".

He said: "We sometimes have teams riding on prototypes [bikes] that are costing 50,000 if not in the hundreds of thousands of pounds to develop.

"That works against the Olympic Charter, it's against UCI rules and it's against the sprit of fair play."

Brailsford said he has always worked with the UCI and would continue to do so.

He added: "I think they're just trying to find parity.

"If the smaller nations want to start investing the same amount of money as the governments of Britain, Germany and Australia do then they're free to do so."



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