Laura Trott says she had to dig deep as she saw off a dogged Katie Archibald performance to take victory at the British Track Championships in Manchester.
It is Trott’s first national title at the event but Trott didn’t have it all her way in a thrilling final.
Archibald was the fastest qualifier and was looking to defend her title but Trott had other ideas as she clocked 3:32.759 compared to Archibald’s 3:33.065.
And Trott says she was delighted with the win as she added another medal to her impressive resumé.
"This is my first individual pursuit at the British Champs – I’ve always got people like Joanna Rowsell Shand when she’s at her best, she’s a world class rider in the individual pursuit so to try and compete against those kind of riders - it’s really difficult,” said Trott.
“Katie (Archibald) gave me a really good run for my money so I’m really pleased just to come out on top.”
“My motivation is winning. That’s what makes me keep going and I knew after London there was no way I was ever going to retire so what could I target? Go for more medals and try and win the two again.
“That’s what makes me strive during training - I want to win those two gold medals and I will commit 100% to training and the stuff my coaches throw at me because I seriously want to win.”
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