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Team GB cyclists may struggle to match Beijing and London highs in Rio, warns Boardman

Team GB cyclists may struggle to match Beijing and London highs in Rio, warns Boardman

Former world and Olympic champ looks ahead to 2016 season on track and road Chris Boardman says Team GB’s track cyclists may struggle to match the highs of Beijing and London at the Rio Olympics next year, and that Team Sky may need to focus on new goals on the road to keep riders motivated. A world and Olympic champion on the track before embarking on a road career that saw him lead three separate editions of the Tour de France, Boardman shared his thoughts on what 2016 holds in store for Britain’s cyclists with the Independent’s Alasdair Fotheringham (link is external) . At Beijing in 2008, Team GB won seven of the 10 gold medals on offer in the velodrome, just as they did under a revised track programme at the home Olympics in London three years ago. Boardman was a key member of the backroom team behind both those successes, in charge of the so-called ‘Secret Squirrel Club’ that focused on technical innovation. “The best you can hope for is the same,” he said about the country’s prospects in Rio. “The thing is, though, you can only live on the front line of cycling or anything for […]

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