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Gregory Bauge eyes 2012 clash with Brits Hoy and Kenny

World Track Championships
Venue: Apeldoorn, Netherlands Dates: 23-27 March

Highlights - Bauge beats Kenny to sprint gold

Highlights - Bauge beats Kenny to sprint gold

French track star Gregory Bauge says beating British duo Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy to the sprint world title is "one more step" towards London 2012.

Bauge helped France capture both the individual and team world titles in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn this week.

"The British gave us an appointment for London 2012 when they did so well in Beijing," Bauge told BBC Sport.

"I have to be better than I am now. Jason Kenny is coming after me and Chris Hoy is a 'sir', so - respect."

Bauge outwitted Kenny in Friday's sprint final after the latter had dispatched compatriot and Olympic champion Hoy in the semi-finals.

Other people will try to put pressure on me but I don't feel it, I'm working to be better

Gregory Bauge

The 26-year-old, who shook off a bout of glandular fever last summer to maintain his position as a dominant force in sprinting, has now won the individual title at three successive World Championships - despite not featuring in the event at the Beijing Games three years ago.

France returned from Beijing with just two track cycling medals: silver in the team sprint behind Britain, and bronze for Mickael Bourgain in the sprint. By contrast, Britain won seven gold medals in the Laoshan Velodrome, alongside three silver and two bronze.

'Exhausted' Hoy looks towards 2012

But Bauge is increasingly seen as the man for Britain's sprinters to beat come 2012, rather than a challenger to Hoy's crown, and Kenny confessed he "had no answer" as the Frenchman rode to his latest world title.

"The first thing I wanted after my victory was my family and my music," said Bauge through a translator.

"I don't care what people say about pressure. Other people will try to put pressure on me but I don't feel it, I'm working to be better.

"I don't feel like I'm on top. I've got to improve for London - and I've got to stop eating as many pastries."

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see also
How do Britain stop Gregory Bauge?
26 Mar 11 |  Cycling
Hoy pipped to keirin gold medal
26 Mar 11 |  Cycling
Kenny wins silver in sprint final
25 Mar 11 |  Cycling

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