Hoy looked out of the running with half a lap of the final to go, but went round the outside to blast clear in the closing 30 metres to claim a brilliant win by half a wheel ahead of David Daniell, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny.
â€œThey made me work hard for it, with a lap to go I was fourth or fifth and I went the long way on the outside,” said Hoy, who contests the individual and team sprint this weekend.
“It is world class competition here, to beat these guys and to start the season the way I hope to continue, itâ€™s a great feeling,
“Iâ€™ve really kept my head down and put the work in, I just want to feel coming into the Olympics there is nothing I would change.”
In the absence of Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton, Becky James beat Jess Varnish to win the women’s sprint title while Lizzie Armitstead edged out Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell to win the points race and Jon Mould claimed the men’s scratch race.
“I’m really happy, I had a plan and the outcome is what I wanted so really happy,” said James.
“I watch videos to keep my mind ticking over of what tactics I do, it’s all worked out, they’re all nailed in to my head, drilled in, I do it so many times, I’m like a computer.”
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