Hoy: Changes will hit GB gold rush

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Sir Chris Hoy has hit out at cycling's world governing body for making "terrible" changes to the Olympic track programme and qualification criteria which are set to hamper Great Britain's attempt to emulate their Beijing bounty on home soil at London 2012.

Britain won seven out of 10 events in 2008, taking multiple medals from four of the events. But the UCI earlier this month announced there would be a maximum of one competitor – one individual or one team – per nation per event in London. Four-times Olympic champion Hoy said: "Hopefully, it won't affect me directly, but I still feel strongly about it, like the pursuit being dropped, the kilo being dropped, the points race being dropped.

"I think it detracts from the quality of the field," added Hoy. "To go to an event like the Olympics, and to have major players missing, I think it's terrible."