CW's top 30 British riders of 2009: No. 17
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No. 17 Matt Crampton
Last year's position: 37th
There is such competition for places in the Great Britain sprint team that Crampton, Jason Kenny, Ross Edgar and David Daniell are jostling for the right to be considered as the successor to Sir Chris Hoy. Not that we're writing him off just yet, far from it.
Crampton has had a strong season, improving in all the sprint disciplines. He is only 23 but he's developing into a true all-rounder.
He came into the team sprint team for the World Championships in Poland as Great Britain took the silver medal in the team sprint. The time of 43.738 seconds was impressive considering the team was missing Hoy.
Another seven months on, and Crampton had taken another big stride forward, notably in the match sprint. At the Manchester World Cup, Crampton was strong across the board. There was another silver in the team sprint, as the GB team lost out to a Hoy-led Sky+HD. For the second year in a row he won the Japanese Keirin Association competition.
But it was his progress in the sprint that was most impressive. He has, perhaps, even overtaken Kenny in the pecking order.
Crampton qualified second fastest, behind Hoy, but his time of 10.062 seconds suggests he'll be breaking the 10-second barrier for the 200-metre flying time trial very soon. Defeating Kenny 2-1 in the semi-finals set up a showdown with Hoy and although the Olympic champion won 2-0, Crampton was close. Crampton had a real go in the finishing straight and was not that far away.
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