Team GB star Dani King targets world title in Minsk

Last Updated: 18/02/13 5:55pm

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Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker

Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker

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Olympic champion Dani King is hoping to maintain her remarkable pursuit record at the Track Cycling World Championships this week.

King will race for Britain in the team pursuit alongside Laura Trott and Elinor Barker in Minsk.

King has won every team pursuit competition she has entered with the exception of the Manchester World Cup in February 2011, when she was riding for a junior team.

Six weeks after that King became a world champion for the first time in Apeldoorn and she defended the title 12 months later in Melbourne before adding the Olympic title last August.

King said: "Every team pursuit I've ridden, apart from Manchester World Cup, I've been in the winning team.

"It's the expectation I put on myself. I don't want to come away with anything but the gold."

With Joanna Roswell concentrating on road racing, Barker took her place at the Glasgow Track World Cup event last November - which the British team won.

King admits she has been the weak link in Glasgow rather than the prodigiously talented Barker.

She has needed training camps in Perth, Australia and Majorca to restore her fitness.

"I was completely honest at Glasgow," said King, who also hopes to ride in the points and scratch races in the Belarus capital. "I was probably going the worst I've ever gone in a team pursuit.

"We won and pulled it together and rode well as a team in the final. I'm in a lot better shape than I was then; I can't be going any worse, that's for sure.

"Glasgow was a shock to system, so it was really good to get out to Perth for a really good block of training.

"We were on the track, on the road and in the gym. It was really nice to leave everything behind - the chaos at home since the Games - and just focus completely on getting really fit again."

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