King revels in team’s Nocturne success

Dani King
Dani King
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Dani King lauded the home crowd after celebrating team glory in the IG London Nocturne and declared: It was like being back at the Olympics.

The former i-Team talent, who won gold at London 2012, took third in the criterium event around the streets of the capital on Saturday.

But, crucially, she led out Wiggle Honda team-mate Laura Trott to claim victory for the British team which is backed by Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins.

Double Olympic-champion Trott, who like King spent her formative years racing around the Mountbatten Centre track in Portsmouth, beat Hannah Barnes of MG – MaxiFuel into second.

‘It was a pretty quick start, to be honest,’ said King.

‘But we had a plan going into the race of trying to make it as hard as we possibly could and then lead Laura out for the finish. So it worked a treat, really.

‘The crowds was absolutely phenomenal, though.

‘It was like being back at the Olympics.

‘It was such an amazing atmosphere and a fantastic feeling, especially with the Wiggle Honda girls because they are my best friends.’

King, who is also a three-time world champion in the team pursuit, won the inaugural elite women’s Milk Race title in Nottingham last month.

The original Milk Race, which ran between 1958 and 1993, was a multi-stage race and one of the many guises of what is now the Tour of Britain.