Olympics 2012: Dave Brailsford says Great Britain can improve

Great Britain's track cycling team can improve on their display at the World Cup in London, says performance director Dave Brailsford.

GB won seven medals out of 10 Olympic events - four gold, one silver and two bronze - at the Olympic Velodrome.

"There is definitely an improvement to come," said Brailsford.

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I've been a bit more confident, taking the race by the scruff of the neck, and I've really enjoyed it

Sir Chris Hoy

"We can only control what we are doing. We're on the way forward again after the Europeans when we weren't pulling it together."

Britain finished top of the points table at the four-day meet which doubled as an Olympic test event at the new 6,000-seat arena. Brailsford knows the competition will be more intense come the Olympic Games.

He added: "I'm confident we'll be better come August.

"What we've done here is built some momentum. It's a big step forward for us as a team and what we'll be doing is everything possible to make sure we replicate that performance in the summer.

"Personally, what I'm really pleased to see is the self-belief of the whole team - riders and staff. The belief systems are in place and you can't perform at the highest level without that foundation."

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy followed up his victory in Saturday's keirin with a 2-0 win over German Maximilian Levy in the men's sprint and reckons he is in the best form since the 2008 Olympics.

The Scot said: "I was expecting some good performances, but this is the best I've been since Beijing. No question.

"I did my best performance in the team sprint last lap since Beijing. I did a 9.93 (seconds, in sprint qualifying) today and the keirin last night I hit my fastest ever speed in that race (78.4kph).

"It's not just the cold figures, it's also how you approach the racing. I've been a bit more confident, taking the race by the scruff of the neck, and I've really enjoyed it."

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"Australia were the better team on the day and no amount of going through the analysis is going to show us how we could have beaten them. We were turned over by a better team. But it's quite nice chasing, if I'm honest with you - we spent the last four years being chased. This belief that if you've got a GB skinsuit on then you should win is being quite graphically proved wrong. We've got to be better than we've ever been to beat these guys, and we're not at the moment. Nor were we intended to be. We're on the right track, but so are they."

Hoy's triumph has increased his chance of winning the single team slot in the Olympic sprint event ahead of world champion Jason Kenny, who lost his quarter-final 2-0 to Levy.

They meet again in next month's World Championships in Melbourne.

"Every race between now and the Olympics matters,'' Kenny said. "I'm chasing Chris. There's not a lot I can do except try harder and harder to close the gap.

"It's really good actually. We're really pushing each other. Obviously, we're both really competitive people.''

In the team pursuit , the British quartet of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh came second to world champions Australia.

Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Alex Edmondson and Michael Hepburn won in three minutes 54.615 seconds - the third fastest time in history.

Thomas, was happy with the Great Britain team's performance, but not his own.

"I feel like I had a lot left at the end. As a team, that's a good ride. We've definitely got a long way to go, but I'm confident that I'm going to get back to where I was."

Clancy said: "We knew we'd be up against it. The Aussies have got a superstar team, but we've got more to come."

Brailsford believes his riders now have to make up their minds which event they want to go for.

"If they don't commit to one event they are in trouble anyway," he said. "Now it's a question of building on this and really committing."

Laura Trott lifted bronze after victory in the 500m time-trial, the final event of the omnium, as Sarah Hammer of the United States took gold.

Trott said: "The points race let me down. I was too conservative and didn't get stuck in. We're going to look at that, without compromising my team pursuit training."

Victoria Pendleton finished a disappointing fifth in the women's keirin, but expects to be in much better shape come July.

She said: "It's been a really positive learning experience and that's what we set out for it to be. I didn't want to put too high expectations on myself. Mind you it's nice to win.

"But it's hard to do it when you are not in peak condition. Next time I come here hopefully I'll be in much better shape and show them how it's done."