Following an incredible 2012, King believes complacency won’t become an issue for her as the prospect of adding to a growing medal collection keeps her focus red hot.
“I put quite a lot of pressure on myself every time I race,” said the Southampton-born cyclist. “I’ve got high expectations of myself. I don’t think of the worlds as a lesser competition and I’ll go out to do my best and hope it’ll be enough to get me another jersey.
“We never sit back and relax. Even as world and Olympic champions, we can’t just think we’re the best. If anything, it makes me train even harder because I want to be in the team for every single race."
The Piacenza native will begin her campaign at the Tour of Qatar on January 30 and she is looking forward to lining up in a team that features a number of riders who are aiming to transfer track success onto the road, notably Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Roswell, who captured the team pursuit for Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
“I know them well and I hope that they put the same work into the road that they did on the track,” said Bronzini, who applauded Bradley Wiggins’ decision to support a women’s team. “It’s a nice feeling, although I’d like to have Bradley’s ability in the time trials, pursuit and on the big climbs…”
Like Wiggins, Bronzini has switched between road and track throughout her career and indeed a major target in 2013 will come on the boards rather than on the road. Already a world champion in the points race in 2009, Bronzini is looking to regain that title next year: “The track Worlds in Minsk at the end of February will be the big objective, I’ll ride the points race and scratch race.”"
Ooooh! Giorgia Bronzini will be back on the track this winter!!! So exciting!
Former two-time World champion Giorgia Bronzini will be riding alongside Great Britain’s Olympic trio of Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott in the new DTPC-Honda team in 2013. The British-registered team’s 12-rider line up comes together as a result of a four-year project from Commonwealth champion Rochelle Gilmore, who also joins as a rider; the team will largely focus on sprint and Classic races as the young British riders transition into the elite European peloton.
The British connection is completed with support from Bradley Wiggins’ Wiggo Foundation; the Tour de France winner recently described women riders as “the forgotten ones” and so is getting behind the team."
DTPC-Honda roster 2013
Elinor Barker (GBr), Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita), Giorgia Bronzini (Ita), Emily Collins (NZl), Rochelle Gilmore (Aus), Mayuko Hagiwara (Jap), Dani King (GBr), Lauren Kitchen (Aus), Amy Roberts (GBr), Joanna Rowsell (GBr), Anna-Bianca Schniztmeier (Ger) and Laura Trott (GBr)
Nice post-Olympic interview with Team Pursuit gold medallist, Dani King