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Great Britain’s cyclists must get back on track after a year to forget

British Cycling has mastered the art of peaking at the right time and managed to do so yet again at Rio 2016

Rio Crisis? What crisis. Amid a blur of gold medals, beaming smiles, broken records and hi-tech spinning wheels, in a humid and hectic velodrome Britain’s men’s sprint team blew away the opposition in a manner that justified the quiet confidence of their coaches and astounded bookmakers who had them down as 14-1 shots.

Callum Skinner was 12 years old when Chris Hoy won gold in Athens in 2004 and he was inspired to follow in his footsteps. Twelve years later Skinner was slumped on the boards of the velodrome having replaced his one time hero and played a crucial role in blowing away the cobwebs of a dreadful funk of a year for British cycling.

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