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