Hogg to lead gold medal raid at titles

By AARON KELLY

ROCKHAMPTON'S Jeremy Hogg has welcomed tactical advice from Olympic champion Ryan Bayley in his build-up to next month's World Junior Track Championships in Vienna, Austria.

Hogg, 16, will lead the Australian gold medal assault in the under-19 men's sprint when the championships start on August 7.

Hogg, in camp with the Australian senior and junior teams in Rockhampton, said a one-on-one session with Bayley ? a dual Olympic gold medallist at Athens last year ? had given him a "mental edge'' ahead of his world debut.

"Training with the seniors has been awesome,'' Hogg said.

"We've done some tactical sessions ? to learn how to sprint properly ? and Ryan's best advice was not to worry who your opponent is.''

The Rockhampton rider, who also hopes to contest the teams sprint and keirin events, is following in some impressive footsteps.

Since Kerrie Meares wore the Australian colours at the junior worlds in 1999 the Rockhampton Cycling Club has been represented every year since.

"I've got a big expectation because everyone else that has gone over there has won gold,'' said Hogg, who leaves for Perth on Monday to complete his preparations with the national team.



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