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Drink-drive cyclists make golden vow
Paul Mulvey
08:33 AEST Wed Jul 18 2012

Errant cyclists Jack Bobridge and Michael Hepburn say the only way they can make up for their recent drink-driving incident in Spain is to win the team pursuit gold at the London Olympics.

The key members of one of Australia's best gold medal chances in London kept their places in the team despite the car park accident late last month and have vowed to repay Cycling Australia (CA) and the Australian Olympic Committee.

"The only way we can repay it and show we're sorry now is to win the Games," Bobridge said from Australia's track cycling training base in Italy.

"We know what we did was wrong but now all we've got to do is focus on the Games and support each other and the team and go out and win."

CA fined Bobridge $2500 and put him on a 12-month good behaviour bond after the tested over the blood alcohol limit following the minor crash in Lloret de Mar.

A Spanish court fined Bobridge $880 and suspended his licence for eight months while Hepburn, who was in the car with him, is also on a 12-month bond and received a $1000 suspended fine from CA.

"Jack and I obviously made a stupid decision," Hepburn said.

"It's one we regret and it's one we take full responsibility and punishment for.

"We're looking to repay the people who have shown support in us and have had faith in us. We want to show them back on the bike what we can do."

They'll be joined by Rohan Dennis and either Alex Edmondson or Glenn O'Shea as they aim to reclaim the team pursuit title Britain won at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

There's little separating the two teams, with Australia winning the World Cup meeting in London at the start of the year, while Britain beat the Australians by a tenth of a second to claim the world title in Melbourne in April.

"We always want to stick it up the poms," Bobridge said.

"We got a kick up the bum back at the worlds in Melbourne, we gave them one at the World Cup in London.

"At the moment it's one-all, but we're looking to go one up at the Games.

"We're going in as underdogs and we're all hungry to win."

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