Sir Chris Hoy returns to Great Britain Cycling Team in ambassadorial role

Sir Chris Hoy returns to Great Britain Cycling Team in ambassadorial role

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Sir Chris Hoy will return to the Great Britain Cycling Team in an ambassadorial role for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Hoy, Great Britain's most successful Olympic athlete with six gold medals and one silver medal, will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team, having won 11 world titles in a remarkable career.

Speaking of Hoy’s role, Great Britain Cycling Team head coach Shane Sutton said: “Sir Chris will be out with the Great Britain Cycling Team in Cali in an ambassadorial role.

“Although he’s now retired from the sport he remains very passionate about the team and wants to support them in the build-up to Rio.

“The coaching team and I are prepared to tap into all sources of knowledge and expertise and as Sir Chris is one of the most iconic leaders the programme has seen, we believe having Chris with us in Colombia will be of real value to the young team.”

Hoy won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004 in the kilo before switching his focus to the keirin, sprint and team sprint. He went on to win a gold medal in all three events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, cementing his name in the history books.

Hoy was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was awarded a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list.

In 2012 at the London Olympic Games, Hoy won his fifth and sixth gold medals - in the keirin and team sprint, earning him the title of Great Britain's most successful Olympic athlete of all time.

The championships run from Wednesday 26 February until Sunday 2 March.

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