Cycling: Hoy saddles up for season

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Sir Chris Hoy will launch his season tonight when he lines up for the opening session of the Giant Sprint Masters competition at the Rotterdam Six Day Meeting in the Netherlands.

It will be a tough few days for Hoy, who is still bidding to shake off a cold. The gruelling schedule will see the 36-year-old Capital star race against top-class opponents on six successive nights with the racing programme finishing just before midnight each day.

Among his rivals will be fellow Briton Jason Kenny – the man who succeeded him as Olympic sprint champion – Frenchman Gregory Bauge, the current world sprint champion, and Dutchman Teun Mulder, who took Keirin bronze behind Hoy at the London Olympics. Hoy returned from Australia just before Christmas after a month-long training camp in Perth. He will pick his races carefully over the next year as he weighs up the possibility of ending his career with an appearance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The other Scot in Rotterdam is City of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Charline Joiner in the women’s 
endurance 
competition.