Chris Hoy says he has "hot pants" and The Chemical Brothers to thank for pushing him to victory and his most memorable yet Olympic gold medal.
Speaking moments after winning in the men’s sprint, Sir Chris revealed the last track he listened to before taking on the French in the final was The Chemical Brothers' ironically titled Escape Velocity.
And when asked about warming pants, which have been used by Team GB riders to keep key muscles warm, he said: “We must have done something right today.”
Adding: “The hot pants haven’t necessarily made the significant difference, but they are a small piece in the whole jigsaw.
“We’ve got so many things we’ve looked to try and optimise and develop and improve upon.”
Hoy described the race in the velodrome as “horrible” because he had to put everything he possibly had into driving over the line.
“I never thought I could top the feeling of Athens until tonight. When I crossed the line and heard the roar from the crowd I didn’t have to look at the score. I knew we’d won the race.
“I had to put every ounce of effort into that last. I’ve never suffered like that before. It was horrible.”
“This is my most memorable gold medal of my whole career and it’s just fantastic to give some thing back to the crowd.”
Hoy looked emotional as he received his gold medal from Princess Anne.
“I didn't want to cry like a big baby. It's a very emotional feeling being on any Olympic podium, but in front of your home crowd it's hard to put into words what it actually means.
“It kinda hits you. You work on controlling your emotions in the heat of competition, but you can let it go afterwards and it’s a great feeling.”
He added he’d not really known Princes William and Harry, Kate Middleton, along with present and previous Prime Ministers were watching Team GB race.
Talking about the disqualification of Victoria Pendelton from the women’s sprint, Hoy added: “It’s easy to get distracted if a team mate gets disqualified, but you’ve got to feel sorry for them because they were already in the final and they already had a medal and it was taken away.
“But it was a mistake, it’s a very frustrating thing to happen.”