Brailsford hails 'brilliant' Trott
Sir Dave Brailsford has heaped praise on Laura Trott after the double Olympic champion claimed two gold medals at the Manchester Track World Cup as Great Britain's dominance of the velodrome showed few signs of weakness.
A second-day surge saw the 21-year-old from Cheshunt win the women's omnium on Sunday's final day of the World Cup, with a gutsy display in a scratch race which is far from her forte propelling her to victory.
"I thought Laura's ride in the omnium was brilliant," said British Cycling performance director Brailsford.
"To be pegged back in sixth at one point - which is new territory for her, let's face it - and for her to be on the back foot, come out fighting and turn it round, that's impressive."
Brailsford was also impressed by the display of Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell in winning the women's team pursuit, which now takes place over four-kilometres, in a world record on Friday's opening day.
The British quartet's time of four minutes 19.604 seconds was seven seconds quicker than the world record entering the weekend and three seconds better than the time the coaches expected the team to set.
"The women's team pursuit was phenomenal," Brailsford added.
"From a performance point of view, that was excellent."
Brailsford believes Britain's performance at the first World Cup since team talisman Sir Chris Hoy confirmed his retirement bodes well for the future.
Britain plan to send a full-strength squad to next month's World Cup in Mexico as preparations gather pace for February's Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
"Overall I think the team's in a really good place," Brailsford added.
"The average age of the team's dropped quite significantly. We've got a lot of young riders who are very keen, gaining experience all the time.
"We need to get quite a lot of racing in before Rio to get that experience up. Overall, it's been a terrific few days."
The Aguascalientes event offers a chance to tinker.
"We want to score more points, but equally it could be an opportunity to change some of the line-ups, change a few things, experiment a little bit," Brailsford added.
Britain finished in the unfamiliar position of second in the medal table after Germany won five golds to the hosts' four.
But with eight medals won in all, Britain led the World Cup standings.
Brailsford paid tribute to the raucous paritsan crowd at the National Cycling Centre and to his staff for helping the riders perform on home territory.
"We'd have liked to have topped the table, but we're in a build phase and it's more about the performance than it is about the absolute results at the minute," Brailsford said.
"I think we can be very happy with where we're at. It's been terrific.
"The team has put in a great performance, the crowd has been fantastic as always.
"It's always a pleasure to race in Britain now, because we just get so much support and it's not to be underestimated.
"It adds a bit of pressure but it's a pleasure as well. All the riders, all the staff, benefit from that and it keeps the appetite going.
"Across the board, the way the backroom staff have maintained their professionalism, their work ethic's great, the way they go about their business is great. It's a well-oiled machine.
"The coaches deserve a lot of credit. Iain Dyer, Jan van Eijden, Paul Manning and Chris Newton. They've been around a long time now, doing a fabulous job and probably don't get the credit that they deserve."
Brailsford also praised Shane Sutton, his right-hand man who leads the track team.
Brailsford added: "We've been together for over 10 years working together and he's still the best in the business in my opinion. He deserves a lot of credit."