Battling Hoy reaches sprint semis

France's Gregory Bauge and Sir Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy was the only British man to reach the individual sprint semis after battling past Frenchman Gregory Bauge at the Track World Cup in London.

The Scot came from behind to defeat Bauge 2-1, but fellow Britons Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton went out at the quarter-final stage.

BBC Sport will have live coverage from the Olympic Velodrome from 1445 GMT.

As well as the men’s sprint finals, the men’s team pursuit and the women’s keirin and omnium will be decided.

Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish carry home hopes in the keirin, while Laura Trott goes into the second day on the omnium in third place and

the men’s team pursuit line-up of Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas will take on a strong Australian outfit.

Olympic champion Hoy

faces competition from Kenny and Crampton for Britain’s individual sprint place at this summer’s London Games,

with regulation changes meaning each nation can have only one rider or team per event.

And Hoy has laid down the first serious marker of Olympic year by outlasting his team-mates in London, especially with a hard-fought win over Bauge – a six-time world champion.

Bauge won the individual sprint world title last year ahead of Kenny,

only for the Frenchman to be stripped of the title

for a violation of rules governing rider availability for drug tests.

Kenny, who belatedly received the world champion’s rainbow jersey on Thursday after Bauge’s 2011 results were cancelled, went out to Germany’s Maximilian Levy 2-0 in Sunday’s quarter-finals, while France’s Kevin Sireau beat Crampton 2-0.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/17089994.stm

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