THERE’S been so much talk of the road it is almost easy to forget about Britain’s all-conquering track cyclists – that is until Huddersfield’s Ed Clancy takes to the Olympic Velodrome.

The 27-year-old’s name was hardly mentioned in the build up to London 2012 with Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Briton ever to win the Tour de France.

And now it’s under way, former Holme Valley Wheeler Clancy is no closer to getting a spot in the limelight as first Mark Cavendish was denied a medal in the men’s road race and then Otley’s Lizzie Armitstead won silver in the women’s.

However Clancy knows his chance to shine is fast approaching and when it arrives it will be worth watching with the British team pursuit squad set for a fiery clash with Australia.

Clancy was a key part of a British quartet that featured Wiggins that won gold in a new world record at Beijing 2008 – however it is Australia who have dominated in the intervening years.

World Championship gold in 2010 and 2011 ranked the Aussies as firm favourites for London 2012 and they even beat Clancy and Co on British soil at the Olympic test event in February.

However, as responses go, Britain’s weeks later at the World Championships was near perfect as they bettered the world record they set in Beijing to beat Australia on their own patch in Melbourne.

What happens next in London is intriguing and if Clancy has his way he’ll be standing over the Australian quartet on the podium on Friday, belting out God Save the Queen once more.

“It seems like yesterday that we were preparing for the Olympic test event in February where we finished second behind the Australians in the team pursuit,” said Clancy. “It wasn’t the result we were hoping for but we made up for it in Melbourne just a few weeks later at the World Championships.

“Melbourne was a great trip, it was brilliant to pick up another track world title but I’ll remember the city and the good times had with teammates outside of racing with the fondest memories.

“In May and June I did some road racing with a view of pushing on my aerobic power and trying to win a race or two on the way when possible.

“Hopefully the hard road miles done in that block will give me the aerobic depth we need to move us forward come the Olympics.”

Clancy will begin the defence of Britain’s team pursuit title on Thursday and, should all go to plan, he won’t have a moments rest following Friday’s final.

For Clancy has also been selected for the omnium – an event new to the Olympic programme which begins on Saturday and finishes a day later after six gruelling rides.

“I hadn’t given much thought to the whole selection onto the British team. I think I had been so focused on training hard for the Olympics that I forgot I had to get selected in the first place,” he added.

“Obviously I’m very proud to represent Team GB and can’t wait to give my best in front of a home crowd.”

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