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Hamble's Olympic champion Dani King joins Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team
12:55pm Friday 25th January 2013 in Sport
Hamble's Olympic champion Dani King has spoken of her excitement ahead of a fresh challenge on the road in 2013.
King, who won track gold in the women's team pursuit at London 2012, has been confirmed as part of the women's Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team, which was launched today and is backed by Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, through his foundation.
The 22-year-old is joined by Laura Trott, who rode with King at last summer's Games.
''It's incredible for me to have this opportunity,'' King said. ''It's great for women's cycling as well. It's such a professional set-up and it's great.
''I can't wait to race with the team. It's going to be a great year. Track still is my number one focus, but hopefully I'll be able to help the team perform and get a result myself, once I've found my feet a bit.''
The pair will race on the road together for the first time in April, but their initial focus is the Track Cycling World Championships in Belarus next month.
King said: ''We've spent the last two years living with each other day-in, day-out. I think I can put up with her for a bit longer, if I have to.''
Whether they ride on the road at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 depends on a possible further overhaul of the track programme, but King anticipates she will be on the track in Brazil.
''I'll be aiming for the track, but never say never,'' she said. ''I haven't raced on the road yet - I might fall in love with it. At the moment, track's what I'll go for.''