Burke aiming for hat-trick of medals

Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Burke tries out the new cycle track which is named after him.
Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Burke tries out the new cycle track which is named after him.
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Colne Cyclone Steven Burke is confident Team GB can hold onto their team pursuit title in Rio.

Burke is part of the five-man squad, including Mark Cavendish, Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Sir Bradley Wiggins, looking to land gold after their heroics four years ago in London.

Qualifying was last night, with round one and the finals tonight.

For Burke, it is a third games, having won bronze in the individual pursuit in Beijing in 2008, and he looked ahead to what he hopes is a hat-trick of medals: “I’m feeling pretty confident really, the last two camps coming into it have gone really well, especially the road camp in Livigno, and the track block.

“Things have run really smoothly. The support staff have been fantastic and very helpful, doing the best they can for us.

“It’s special and everything is going to plan.

“We’ve just got to look forward to it now and hope for good things.”

Is there more or less pressure than at London in 2012?: “I see Olympic gold as Olympic gold, I’m sure my teammates would agree, that’s what we’re aiming for, it will be just as special if we win it in Rio as London.

“That’s what we’re here for, we’re not here for silver or bronze, we’re here to win.”

But Burke knows the competition will be tough: “We’re expecting it to be closer than last time. Personally I think it’s between three teams maybe.

“The Kiwis were world champions two years ago, so they’re a threat, as well as the Australians, we’ll just have to see what happens.

“What will be, will be.

“We’re all just looking forward to getting out there and putting on a great performance.”