Shane Sutton expected the Great Britain squad to perform well at the Track Cycling World Championships.

Shane Sutton expected British success at Track Cycling World Championships

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British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton had no doubts his squad would deliver at the Track Cycling World Championships in London and make a statement ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Great Britain topped the medal table with five golds from 19 events, 12 months on from a woeful World Championships in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, near Paris, where they failed to win a gold for the first time since 2001 and finished with just three silver medals.

Britain won seven out of 10 track titles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and repeated the feat at the 2012 Games in London. Although it is difficult to foresee that dominance being repeated in Rio, Sutton's squad lead the world once more.

"I was never in doubt that we were going to come out and perform well," Sutton said.

"These things don't come from left field. You see them coming in training."

One rider who has a greater tendency than the others to peak in an Olympic year is three-time gold medallist Jason Kenny.

The 27-year-old from Bolton has, finally, the same number of titles from the annual World Championships as he has from the quadrennial Olympics after his win in the sprint on Saturday night.

Head coach Iain Dyer said: "There was already a buzz around (the Track World Cup event in January in) Hong Kong. Team managers were coming up to me and saying 'Jason's coming, isn't he?'

"I'm more than happy for them to take that perspective, but you could see it was in the post.

"He's not rediscovered his form - it's simply taken a long time to build his form."

Laura Trott began the gold rush with victory last Thursday in the non-Olympic scratch race. She finished with two golds, winning the omnium for her seventh world title on Sunday's final day.

Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Madison, the final event of the championships, while Jon Dibben won the points race.

The only victories in 10 Olympic events came through Trott in the omnium and Kenny in the sprint, but there was a silver for the men's team pursuit squad and a bronze in the corresponding women's event.

And Becky James took bronze in the women's Keirin, giving Britain five medals from 10 Olympic events.

Improvements are expected in time for Rio, not least because Britain are still to roll out their best Olympic kit.

Britain will not be represented in the two-woman, two-lap team sprint in Rio after failing to qualify.

They needed to finish three places ahead of France, but Katy Marchant and Jess Varnish finished fifth and France seventh on last Wednesday's opening day before expressing their disappointment.

Marchant and Varnish felt errors in selection had been made in the two-year qualifying period, saying inexperienced riders had been sent to accrue valuable points which never materialised and contributed to the end of their Olympic dream.

"I would hope on reflection they'd realise they've turned up and produced a really good performance," Dyer added.

"On the scale over the two years it wasn't consistently high enough to net that qualification place.

"(But) we've got two individual sprint places for women in Rio and one individual place in Keirin. We can only take two riders to fill that and there's still a lot to play for."

The men's team sprint appears to be coming together at the right time. Phil Hindes and Kenny - Olympic champions with Sir Chris Hoy in 2012 - performed well and Callum Skinner has shown signs that he could yet hang on to them to produce a world-beating trio.

Dyer added: "We've traditionally been the fastest team to 500. What we've got to do is put those components together and make it stick through the full race distance."

The UCI lauded the Lee Valley VeloPark event as the best in the history of Track Cycling World Championships.

More tickets were sold for the event than the Olympics in 2012, with 52,000 paying spectators attending.

UCI management committee member Tom van Damme told Press Association Sport: "The reactions of the crowd and the high level of sport we've seen - it's most definitely the best World Championships we've ever had. It's amazing."

Hong Kong hosts next year's event from April 12 to 16, 2017.

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