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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Olympic gold medallist’s primed for great contest

AN Olympic Team GB hero is pumped up to compete in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Barrow Stage.

Ed Clancy will be arguably the biggest name to take part in the huge event around Barrow town centre on the evening of Thursday, May 15.

The 29-year-old won a gold and a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics in the team pursuit and omnium multiple race event respectively.

He also won a team pursuit gold in the 2008 Olympics and is a five-time world champion.

In addition to his national honours, Mr Clancy is a lynchpin of the Rapha Condor JLT racing team that will compete in the Tour Series in Barrow in the second race of the 10-race programme.

He said: “I’m looking forward to racing in Barrow. As it’s the first week of the series, all of the teams and riders will be really going for it and will know that getting an early win is good for morale.

“Teammates who raced in last year’s Cumbrian Tour of Britain stage said the support from fans was incredible, so I hope everyone turns out to cheer us on in Barrow.”

Mr Clancy is not the only household name looking forward to the Barrow stage. Veteran Russell Downing, of the NFTO Pro Cycling team, will also be racing.

The 35-year-old is a former British champion and the reigning British Circuit Race Champion, so he will be racing in white kit with red and blue stripes.

He said: “Barrow should be great as it’s always nice to go to new venues.

“It looks pretty fast and open but until you ride around you can never be quite sure.

“It’s the opening week so being at the front is important and hopefully we can pick up an early victory to get us in front and get the series off to the best possible start.”

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