Double Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott insists Milngavie’s Katie Archibald has what it takes to win a gold in Rio next summer.
The 21-year-old Scot has been riding alongside Trott since she was recruited into Great Britain’s Development Squad following an exceptional – and surprising – showing at the British Junior Championships in the weeks following London 2012.
World and European team pursuit titles soon followed, and despite losing out on World Championship gold for the first time since 2010 in February to Australia, Trott believes the setback could be the wake-up call the team needs.
Trott said: “Katie is just an incredible talent, and she’s still really young which a lot of people forget. She’s only 21 and a lot of people don’t know that she had only been riding for 18 months when she stepped into the team pursuit side.
“She’s so strong and you can put her in any position in the team pursuit.”
Trott said that now the team pursuit has changed to a 4km race it’s really important to have miles in the bank, and that’s exactly what Katie has got which will set her up for the next year’s Rio Olympics.
Trott was speaking ahead of this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on August 2. More at http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk