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Rio 2016: Laura Trott shrugs off Zika fears and focuses on double gold

Team GB cyclist will defend the two titles she won in London four years ago and will not allow health concerns to distract her from the task

Laura Trott is not easily fazed by the occupational hazards presented by a working life spent cycling around in circles. Suffering from a condition that often causes her to throw up after races and particularly intense training sessions, she has spoken of how much she relishes the physical pain and distress that comes with being an elite bike racer. Having first come to public attention when caught on camera vomiting into a bucket during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she could scarcely sound more relaxed as she prepares to defend, in less ignominious circumstances, the two Olympic titles that made her name.

“I don’t think they did test events at Beijing either,” shrugs the good humoured 24-year-old, upon being asked if she is concerned by news the velodrome in Rio will not throw its doors open to the public until the first day of track cycling competition next week, before swatting away concerns about the Zika virus in the fairly unfussed manner of somebody semi-distracted by a mosquito.

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