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Trott targeting individual glory

Laura Trott is in the habit of winning and is out to reclaim Track Cycling World Championships individual glory in Colombia this week.

Everything is geared towards the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for Britain's track cyclists, but Trott is determined to top the world once more in Cali after experiencing an unfamiliar feeling in Minsk last year.

The 21-year-old two-time Olympic champion from Cheshunt relinquished her hold on the world omnium title - and she wants the rainbow jersey back.

"It's massive for me," Trott, a four-time world champion, told Press Association Sport.

"If you speak to (British Cycling head coach) Shane Sutton he'll be like 'oh it doesn't matter this year'.

"For me it is a personal target. I want to get that jersey in the omnium. I want to get it back.

"This year it's gone so much more smoothly. I just feel so good in myself. I feel that much stronger. I'm hoping for good things."

London 2012 silver medallist Sarah Hammer of the United States is in possession of the jersey Trott covets in the six-discipline event, cycling's equivalent of the heptathlon.

Trott is a fine exponent of the three timed events and the elimination race - where the last rider to cross the line on certain laps drops out - but the points race is her perennial Achilles heel.

It is something she is working on with her coach Chris Newton, an Olympic medallist in the event, and sometimes she believes she merits a ticking off.

"It's good to come down (from the track) and for him to go nuts at me and tell me straight away what went wrong," Trott added.

"For me, that works, because I don't want to go off and do the same thing again and get another telling off."

Trott's first event is the team pursuit on Wednesday's opening day.

Britain won five of six world titles, plus London 2012 Olympic gold, in the women's event, which since the start of this season includes one extra rider and takes place over an additional kilometre, increasing the distance to 4km.

Britain currently hold the world record, but Trott does not, as she focused on the omnium at the December round of the Track World Cup in Aguascalientes.

Joanna Rowsell, Dani King (both London 2012 champions), Elinor Barker (a 2013 world champion) and Katie Archibald clocked four minutes 16.552 seconds at altitude in Mexico.

Archibald has been a revelation and only in November became a full-time athlete based in Manchester with her team-mates.

"She's come on so far," Trott said. "She's so strong. Towards the end of the ride, when we're all dying, she's still hanging in there, putting in big turns."

Archibald has made a statement with her colourful personality and hair.

Trott is fond of reaching for the hair dye, but not to her new team-mate's levels.

"I'm not going pink," Trott said. "I've asked her to go red and blue for the worlds."