Bayley aims for double in Melbourne

Ryan Bayley

Ryan Bayley (Image credit: Mark Gunter)

Dual gold medalist from the Athens Olympics, Ryan Bayley, wants to achieve in one night what took a couple of days at the Olympics in Greece - a sprint and keirin double. The 23-year-old is on target to show the world he is the best sprinter at the Melbourne Cup on Wheels on December 3, after defeating world champion Rene Wolff at the Match Race of the Century showdown in Sydney on November 27.

Bayley is determined to continue his dominance over the 27-year-old German who won this year's sprint world title while Bayley was out injured with shoulder, rib and hip injuries.

"This year was the worst I've had since I started as a 15 year-old in 1997 - to put it bluntly it sucked," Bayley said after arriving back from the Oceania Championships in Wanganui, New Zealand, where he defeated New Zealand champion Nathan Seddon in the sprint final. "With only a few days of 2005 left, I have to make up for lost time. I can do it in the eyes of the world if I can beat Wolff twice in Melbourne tomorrow night and again at the world cup in Manchester next weekend. I am very happy with the way I'm riding - both tactically and powerfully - so I can see me having a good night in Melbourne, barring unforeseen circumstances," he added.

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