SASI stars set to fly at cycling world championships
22 Feb 2019
CHAMPIONS Matthew Glaetzer and Stephanie Morton will be among a star-studded Australian line up at the UCI Track World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland, between February 27 and March 3.
Glaetzer, who has dominated with three gold medals and a silver in World Cup sprints in the past year, is looking to defend his men's sprint title in Poland on the back of his victory in the Netherlands the year before.
A tight program in Poland means that Glaetzer won't compete in the Kilometre Time Trial (KTT) where he set a sea level record by winning gold at the Commonwealth Games last year. The KTT event is too close to his main target in Poland, the men's sprint title.
But the KTT is not on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics program which has made Glaetzer's decision a fraction easier.
Glaetzer is expected to focus on the keirin and sprint title defence but may not line up in the team sprint as coaches may look at giving other athletes experience in a tough event.
Before leaving for Poland Glaetzer said the more races he won the more pressure was mounting with oppostion riders earmarking Glaetzer as the person to beat in many events.
"I'm now the guy who is hunted a little more rather than me hunting others," Glatezer said on the eve of departing for Poland.
But the sprint is the big target for Glaetzer and seen as a key build up to the Tokyo Olympics.
For Morton it will be a case of hopefully third time lucky after she won silver medals in the women's sprint at the past two world titles.
Other SASI graduates competing in Poland include Alex Porter, Alexandra Manly, Patrick Constable and Annette Edmondson.
The 17-strong Australian team consists of 11 athletes taking part in endurance events and six lining up in sprints.
Glaetzer will head to Japan at the end of March for three months to compete in the keirin series. There, he will race on the Olympic track which he says should hold him in good stead for the Tokyo Olympics.
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