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Bradley Wiggins deserves Sports Personality award, says Laura Trott

Forget my Olympic golds, Wiggo deserves Sports Personality award, says Trott

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 10 November 2012

Laura Trott does not need long to think when asked to name a trio of contenders for Sports Personality of the Year.

Despite the raising of a rather uncouth finger outside a hospital this week, the 20-year-old’s choice is simple – and solitary.

'I haven't got a top three but I’ve got a top one,' she laughs. 'Bradley Wiggins.

On your bike: Laura Trott with young cyclist Georgie Savory at the Manchester Velodrome. Trott gave a group of aspiring athletes a masterclass in the sport

On your bike: Laura Trott with young cyclist Georgie Savory at the Manchester Velodrome. Trott gave a group of aspiring athletes a masterclass in the sport

'It’s just amazing what he’s done. Obviously winning the Tour de France and the Olympics within how many days – 10 days of each other

'No British rider has ever won the Tour de France so for him to do that was amazing. For him to win the Olympics straight after is just the best.'

Trott has her own claim to a mention on the annual list – having won two gold medals on her Olympic debut. She held a key role in the victorious team pursuit side which smashed the world record, and then pulled off a stunning solo win in the omnium.

'I don’t think I will be nominated – but I would like to,' she confesses. Given the remarkable success of female athletes this summer it seems impossible there will be a repeat of last year's male-only shortlist, though.

And Trott feels two names should definitely feature.

'I think Jess Ennis is another woman who should be nominated, and Ellie Simmonds as well.’

After a trip to Dubai with her boyfriend Jason Kenny in September, Trott took part in her first track session since the Games a couple of weeks ago.

'A bit of a shock to the system,’ she says, speaking at the Manchester Velodrome as part of a London 2012 legacy day.

Twenty-four hours earlier she had experienced a different kind of jolt – meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace. It was an encounter Trott labels her strangest amid a whirlwind of post-Olympics appearances.

'It was a bit random and a bit surreal almost,' she says. 'It was really nice. You never actually think that you're going to be able to meet her.

Golden girls: Dani King, Trott, and Joanna Rowsell after winning the team pursuit event in London

Golden girls: Dani King, Trott, and Joanna Rowsell after winning the team pursuit event in London

Golden girls: Dani King, Trott, and Joanna Rowsell after winning the team pursuit event in London

'She grabbed my medals and everything! All she said was, “What event did you compete in” So I said, “Track cycling”.

'She said she had found it really interesting at the Olympics because she hadn’t seen it before. She said she couldn't imagine how much the medals weighed and that’s when she took them.'

Trott makes her competitive return to the velodrome next weekend for the World Cup in Glasgow. She will be reunited with Dani King and Joanna Rowsell for the team pursuit, as well as riding the omnium.

She admits it will be peculiar to race in the venue named after her friend Sir Chris Hoy and is curiously reluctant to make any statements which could be interpreted as confident.

'What comes comes. We can’t guarantee that we’re going to win or anything.'

Of more certainty is Trott's move to the road for part of the 2013 season. She, King and Rowsell have all signed up to the DTPC Honda Pro Cycling team, which is being backed by Wiggins.

Flying the flag: Trott will not focus on road racing until after Rio 2016

Flying the flag: Trott will not focus on road racing until after Rio 2016

She has fond memories of past road experience and says she will 'pick and choose' which races to compete in – mindful of a desire to enter the Under 23 European Championships.

'It will be different because it's on the road but it will be with people that I know,' she says. 'I'd like to go back to the Czech Republic as that was my first major race when I was a junior.

'I really enjoyed it. It’s quite hilly and there’s a mix. There’s a time trial, there's a prologue. It’s like a tour but only a little one.

'I'll probably do Under 23 Euros during the year to get a few more qualification points. I’m not going to focus on the road until maybe after Rio.’

The Lance Armstrong case arrived not long after Britain's beautiful summer of cycling to display the ugly side of the sport’s recent history. The Glasgow World Cup will be the first time the country has hosted a major gathering since the revelations.

But Trott feels the saga, which shows no signs of ending soon, has failed to take away from all that was achieved cleanly in the Tour de France and London this year.

'That story’s completely different to the success and everything that’s happened over the summer,’ Trott says passionately. ‘I don’t think it is detracting from it.'

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Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal won"t stay on as captain

That's it from me! Olazabal rules out taking another spell as Ryder Cup captain

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11:10 GMT, 2 October 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal has ruled out captaining the European Ryder Cup team again.

There had been fresh calls for the popular Spaniard to take charge of the defence of the trophy at Gleneagles in 2014 after guiding Team Europe to victory in Chicago.

Paul McGinley, one of Olazabal's vice captains, is expected to get the nod for the battle at the Centenary Course in two years.

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

Thumbs up: Lee Westwood

Come here you: Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood

All smiles: Westwood gave his captain Olazabal a hug at the airport

Olazabal and members of his
victorious side touched down at Heathrow on Tuesday morning – tired from
travelling and celebrating long into the night but still beaming from
the Miracle at Medinah.

The narrow win over the Americans was celebrated in style on Sunday evening but it was back to business for Olazabal and Co.

While the likes of Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Luke Donald are based in the United States, other European Tour stars are back in action on home soil this week.

Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer are heading for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Thomas Bjrn, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimnez and McGinley, all vice captains to Olazabal, are also teeing it up in Scotland.

More to follow…

Belgian bomber: Colsaerts had a storming debut

Belgian bomber: Colsaerts had a storming debut

Natural leader: Team Europe skipper Olazabal

Natural leader: Team Europe skipper Olazabal

Euro 2012: Patrick Vieira: I hope England lose to France

France's problems are behind them and if England lose they are in big trouble, says Vieira

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23:34 GMT, 6 June 2012

Patrick Vieira insists France have put the fiasco of the World Cup in South Africa two years ago behind them and believes they and England have equal problems going into their match on Monday.

Expectations of England are at a low but Vieira thinks France, despite manager Laurent Blanc stabilising the club, have injuries in defence that mean they will struggle at the back too.

The only way is up: France are unbeaten in 21 games going into their Euro 2012 opener

The only way is up: France are unbeaten in 21 games going into their Euro 2012 opener

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The 35-year-old said: 'Neither country had an enjoyable World Cup in South Africa, but the problems which undermined France are all sorted now. The French federation dealt with it decisively and now there is a new coach, a new philosophy, a new approach to the game – and Laurent Blanc is seeing the benefits of winning games, which breeds confidence and unity.

'France have problems at the back after losing Eric Abidal and Bacary Sagna, while England will be without Rooney – so who is going to score the goals, who is going to supply that bit of magic for them For both managers, there may be more questions than answers.

Pedigree: Patrick Vieira (left) was a member of France's victorious team in 2000

Pedigree: Patrick Vieira (left) was a member of France's victorious team in 2000

‘For me Joe Hart is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and France will have high hopes of Karim Benzema, who has reached the top level with Real Madrid this season, so both teams have real talent.

‘They are two teams who will fear each other. The team who lose that game will be in big trouble – I hope it’s England.’

Disastrous: Patrice Evra and then coach Raymond Domenech argue during France's farcical 2010 World Cup campaign

Disastrous: Patrice Evra and then coach Raymond Domenech argue during France's farcical 2010 World Cup campaign

England have not beaten France in a major tournament for 30 years – since the 1982 World Cup when they won 3-1 in Bilbao.

And Vieira added: ‘There is always going to be a first time for records like that to fall, but I hope it will not happen this summer.’

Petr Cech out of Chelsea"s trip to Liverpool

Di Matteo opts to rest keeper Cech for Chelsea's trip to Anfield

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21:51 GMT, 7 May 2012

Petr Cech is out of Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool as Roberto Di Matteo clings on to the dream of finishing fourth.

Cech, who was outstanding in Saturday’s FA Cup final triumph at Wembley over Kenny Dalglish’s side, has been rested by Chelsea’s interim manager.

Instead Hilario, whose last appearance for Chelsea was in the 3-1 win over Norwich back in August, is expected to deputise.

Injury blow: Petr Cech will miss Chelsea's game with Liverpool

Injury blow: Petr Cech will miss Chelsea's game with Liverpool

Rookie reserve keeper Ross Turnbull has also been told he is travelling up by chartered jet to Merseyside this morning, but is likely to be on the substitute’s bench.

Although Di Matteo is resting his first choice keeper, he is still convinced Chelsea can overhaul Newcastle, Tottenham and even Arsenal in the chase for a Champions League position.

Di Matteo gave his squad some time off after Saturday’s momentous victory and they did not return to training until yesterday afternoon.

Chelsea are five points behind Harry Redknapp’s team in fourth, but will narrow the gap ahead of the last round of fixtures in the Premier League with a win at Anfield.

Go fouth: Chelsea's John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will all feature at Anfield

Go fouth: Chelsea's John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will all feature at Anfield

Although Di Matteo is making further changes from Saturday’s victorious team, he has picked a strong squad for their second clash with Liverpool in four days.

Didier Drogba, who scored Chelsea’s second at Wembley on Saturday, travels with other senior players such as skipper John Terry, midfielder Frank Lampard and left-back Ashley Cole.

Fernando Torres returns to Anfield for the first time since his 50m move to Chlsea last January and is expected to start up front.

Romelu Lukaku, who has made just 10 appearances in a frustrating first season for Chelsea, has been added to the squad.

Ryan Bertrand, who impressed at left-back recently when he deputised for Cole, is in the travelling party with Sam Hutchinson.

Daniel Sturridge, who was on the bench for Chelsea’s fourth FA Cup win in six years, is expected to start up front with Torres.

London 2012 Olympics: 4 x 400m women finish fourth

British women suffer relay bad result as Olympic preparations suffer blow

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UPDATED:

20:50 GMT, 29 April 2012

Britain’s women’s 4 x 400 metres relay team came down to earth with a bump in their first outing together since winning the World Indoor title last month.

They finished fourth at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia with the same quartet of Shana Cox, Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu and Perri Shakes-Drayton who won the gold medal.

Worryingly for the four women, they were eclipsed by more than seven seconds by the victorious team from the United States.

Not this time: Britain's women were unable to repeat their world success

Not this time: Britain's women were unable to repeat their world success