New European omnium champion Ed Clancy could give up the event to help GB defend the Olympic team pursuit crown. The 26-year-old, part of the team pursuit quartet in Beijing and a former omnium world champion, won the European title in the Netherlands last weekend.
“The omnium is more an endurance-man’s game now and that doesn’t suit me too well. I’m all for the team pursuit, whatever it takes – I’ll scrap this omnium, I’ll leave it alone.”
“The omnium’s changed a little since 2010. The elimination race has managed to find its way in there, and the distances in the points race and scratch race are quite different. I tend to be better in the shorter, punchier races and it’s taken me a while to get used to the new format. I don’t think I am the best omnium rider in the world – I’m not going to win all the time. Team pursuit’s where it’s at in my mind; I really want to get hold of that and there’s nothing like it when a team pursuit goes well, so I’m making a push for that.
I want to be the best team pursuiter I can be, and being good at team pursuit will give me the form I need to ride a good omnium. I’m not going to spend the next nine months specifically training for the omnium because, physically, the team pursuit training takes care of that. If I get a ride in the omnium because of the team pursuit, great. If not, hopefully I’ll go on to do good things in the team pursuit and I’ll be happy with that.”