28 July 14:54 (BST)

Get set for 'incredible' track cycling, says Olympic legend Sir Chris HOY (GBR)

GLASGOW - Track cycling legend Sir Chris HOY (GBR) is looking forward to an "incredible" six days of Glasgow 2018 European Championships action at the velodrome named in his honour at the city's Emirates Arena.

With 11 world titles and six Olympic gold medals to his name, 42-year-old Scotsman HOY is well placed to judge the quality of competition on offer over 22 events at the 2018 European Cycling Track Championships, which take place from 2-7 August.

"I've seen the start list for the cycling, and the biggest names are coming, so it's going to be huge," he said.

"It's the first qualifying event for the [Tokyo 2020] Olympic Games as well, so aside from trying to win a gold medal here at the European Championships, there's that added bonus.

"The British team is the strongest I've seen since Rio [for the 2016 Olympic Games], then there are the Dutch, the French, the Germans.

"Some of the names, the number of Olympic champions and world champions... aside from the worlds and the Olympics, I've never seen such a great field. It's going to be incredible."

For so long the leading light of a dazzling British track cycling team, HOY admitted he will cast an envious eye at the competitors hurtling round his eponymous velodrome next week.

"That passion for your sport doesn't go away," he said.

"You do get to the point where you look back and think 'it'd be lovely to get out there on the track', but then you remember the training it took to get you to that point and it's not like you just take the bike out and give it a go."

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