King launches campaign in fine style

Dani King won team pursuit gold on the track at London 2012 but now wants to star on the road at Rio 2016
Dani King won team pursuit gold on the track at London 2012 but now wants to star on the road at Rio 2016
Mike Williams on his way to second place in the veteran 50 race last month. Picture: Neil Marshall (171322-123)

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  • Wiggle High5 rider finishes fourth at Santos Women’s Tour
  • Former i-Team star claims mountains jersey in Australia
  • Rio Olympics road race are the target for Hamble ace
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Dani King made a stunning start to her Rio Olympics bid by claiming fourth place and the climbers jersey at the Santos Women’s Tour in Australia.

The 25-year-old, who hails from Hamble and began racing with Portsmouth’s i-Team, is targeting selection for the Great Britain road race team at the Games.

And her performance in the four-day stage race based in Adelaide, which was won by Aussie Katrin Garfoot, will certainly have boosted her claims.

Riding for the Wiggle High5 team, who are sponsored by Portsmouth-based online tri-sport retailer Wiggle, King finished third on stage one.

She was not out of the top 10 in the next three stages – ninth, fifth and ninth – as she accrued 13 mountains points to win that competition.

King said: ‘I’m going for selection for the Rio road race this year, so I’ve got to prove myself early.

‘That was one of the reasons I wanted to come to Australia – to start the season in good shape.’