Cycling: Hoy digs deep to earn national win

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Sir Chris Hoy started his road to the Olympics with a win at the National Track Championships in Manchester last night.

The Scot looked out of the running with half a lap of the Keirin to go, but he found something extra over the closing stages and finished half a wheel ahead of Dave Daniell. "It is world-class competition here, to beat these guys and to start the season the way I hope to continue, it's a great feeling," he said.

Young duo Becky James and Jess Varnish fought it out in the final of the women's sprint, with James taking first with an assured performance. Lizzie Armistead won the women's point race.