Six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy says Great Britain's cyclists will not dominate at Tokyo Games

Laura Kenny crashed and failed to medal in the omnium at the Track World Championships (PA Images)
Laura Kenny crashed and failed to medal in the omnium at the Track World Championships (PA Images)
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Six-time Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy believes Great Britain will not dominate in cycling at the Tokyo Games later this year following their performance at the World Track Championships.

Britain only medalled in four events in Berlin last week as Elinor Barker's points race victory proved the only golden moment for the team.

And while Hoy is confident they can still perform in Japan in the summer, he admits there is a feeling the world championships were a wake up call for how behind they are on previously successful cycles.

Chris Hoy has warned that Team GB's cyclists will not be as dominant in Tokyo (PA Images)

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "It's not a time to panic but, at the same time, there has to be significant change to get where they want to be in Tokyo.

"There are some positive things to take away but, on the whole, I think it was a bit of a shock.

"They were expecting other nations to raise the bar and to be impressive and to come here with 100%, but I think the 100% of other nations have exceeded anything they were expecting.

"At the moment, the odds are that Britain are not going to dominate in the way they have."

GB have topped the medal table for cycling at the last three Olympic Games as they have shown supreme dominance across all disciplines.

But Hoy feels that era may come to an end in Tokyo this summer as other countries bridge the gap and begin to seriously compete with Britain.

"British Cycling is certainly not dominating in the way it used to, but they're not underperforming. It's that the world has moved on, that is the bottom line," he added.

"It feels like we have plateaued a little bit. There hasn't been this rate of improvement we have traditionally come to expect.

"Things ebb and flow. It's not that it's over or that's it's the end of an era, it's just the reality that the rest of the world is catching up.

"They could turn up in Tokyo though and excel again, and I really hope they do. They will still win a couple of gold medals."

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