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Garner gunning for Glasgow spot

Two-time world junior champion Lucy Garner is hoping to earn selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

The 19-year-old from Leicestershire won the world champion's rainbow jersey in 2011 and defended her title in 2012, but now in senior competition she is aiming to take part in her first multi-sport Games.

Garner, an ambassador for children's charity Dreams Come True, said: "I'd like to be part of something so big like that.

"I'm hoping they take into account how I've been doing and the progress I've made from last year.

"Fingers crossed I get the opportunity to go there and not only help Lizzie (Armitstead) out and to experience the race, but for the future as well."

Armitstead, the Olympic and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, is likely to be the leader of an England team which could include Emma Pooley, Sharon Laws and Olympic track champions Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King.

It is a competitive squad to break into, but Garner offers a viable alternative if Armitstead drops out of contention during the race as she is an accomplished sprinter.

"I haven't really thought about that," said Garner, who is focused on a selfless team role.

"This is such a huge goal for Lizzie and she's on flying form at the moment.

"I'm just really happy if I can be selected."

Garner has experience of racing on home roads from the Friends Life Women's Tour, which took her past her family home.

She added: "A lot of the track girls said the support was as big as the Olympics. It was amazing.

"And for me to go straight past my front door and have all my friends and family there was special."

Garner is optimistic of further special moments this summer.