Barnsley’s Ed Clancy takes over legend’s role

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BARNSLEY’S Ed Clancy is set to step into cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy’s cleats for this weekend’s Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Clancy, who won gold in the 4,000 metre team pursuit in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, will be part of the shorter distance sprint team at the velodrome named after Britain’s most successful ever Olympian.

The 27-year-old will revert to the three-man, three-lap team sprint, which takes place on Friday’s opening day of competition. It will also likely be the team at the World Championship next February in Minsk, Belarus.

Jason Kenny, winner of the individual and team sprint in London with Hoy and Philip Hindes, is excited by the potential of the squad, which still includes Hindes as specialist starter, and is optimistic of success in Minsk.

“There’s every possibility we could end up going really, really fast in this combination,” said Kenny, who has never been a world champion in the team event.

“Glasgow will be the first test and if we get round and do a half-decent time, hopefully by the time February comes round and the worlds we can be really up there. Hopefully we can move forward and get on top of the podium between now and Rio.”

Kenny is unsure if Hoy, 37 next March, will return to the boards and continue until the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “I know him quite well, but I couldn’t say which way he’s going to go, whether he’s going to retire or whether he’s going to carry on,” Kenny added.