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Ed Clancy

Team Pursuit, Omnium

Based
Manchester

From
Huddersfield

Date of birth
12/03/1985

Team
JLT Condor

One of the most successful and versatile track riders of his generation, Ed Clancy began 2016 battling to recover from a career-threatening back injury and ended it winning a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the team pursuit.

It is a measure of Clancy’s standing as one of the greatest ever specialists in the four-man, four-kilometre team pursuit that he also been part of teams that have broken the world record on no fewer than seven occasions, part of an illustrious career which has featured Olympic triumphs at Beijing in 2008, in London four years later and Rio.

Career in numbers

4

Total Olympic medals

1

Total Commonwealth Games medals

10

Total UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals

6

Total UEC European Track Championships medals

Biography

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Clancy was introduced to cycling by his father at the age of five and showed promise at an early age, catching the eye of coaches at a British Cycling event at the age of 15 and earning selection for the first intake into the newly-formed British Cycling Academy system.

Riding alongside fellow Academy riders like Geraint Thomas and Mark Cavendish, Clancy soon showed his promise as an international track rider, winning gold as part of the Great Britain team pursuit squad at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles, just weeks after his 20th birthday.

It was the first of four world championship gold medals Clancy would win - other successes coming in Majorca two years later, in Manchester in 2008 and Melbourne 2012 - along with four team pursuit golds in the UEC European Track Championships of 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

But it was in the Olympic Games that Clancy started to write his name into the history books, beginning at the Beijing Games in 2008. The team of Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins comfortably won gold, twice breaking the world record on the way to the final victory over Russia.

Four years later, in front of a packed and fervent home crowd in London, history repeated itself with the British team of Clancy, Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh twice breaking the world best mark, including a record time of 3:51.659, in the final victory over Australia, that still stands.

A jack of all trades

Such are the depth of Clancy’s track skills, however, that the introduction of the multi-discipline omnium for the London Olympics of 2012 also saw him become a force to be reckoned with in that event.

At his first attempt at an omnium on the international stage, Clancy won gold at the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Ballerup, Denmark, following that impressive start with a gold medal at the 2010 UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia in December.

An omnium gold medal followed at the 2011 European championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, leaving Clancy as a medal hopeful for his home Olympics at Lee Valley VeloPark a year later. Not surprisingly, given the herculean efforts of the team pursuit squad in London, Clancy was fatigued by the time the two-day omnium took place but still turned in an astonishing performance to add an Olympic bronze to his two previous golds.

As befits a rider whose interests away from the sport include motor sports and motor bikes, the pure speed Ed displayed during the Olympic omnium - in which he competed the kilo event in a time of 1:00.981 - saw him experiment with switching over to the team sprint after London 2012. Riding the man three position vacated by the retirement of Sir Chris Hoy, Clancy managed to win a silver medal in the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Glasgow later that year before Great Britain coaches decided he should return to the team pursuit.

Despite his prolific track success - a total of 29 medals in the Olympics, UCI Track Cycling World Championships, UEC European Track Championships, UCI Track Cycling World Cup and Commonwealth Games - Clancy has also been a mainstay of the British domestic road racing scene, currently riding for the JLT-Condor team. His eight victories in the Tour Series was a record only beaten in June 2016 by his JLT-Condor team mate Jon Mould.

In September 2015, however, Clancy suffered a potentially calamitous injury, in the most innocuous circumstances, damaging his back while picking up an empty suitcase following a stage of the Aviva Tour of Britain. The result was a prolapsed disc and surgery which, Clancy admitted later, could have left him unable to walk, let alone ride professionally.

Amazingly, within three months of the operation, Clancy was back training with the Great Britain Cycling Team, regaining his place for the team pursuit final at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London, in which the hosts were narrowly relegated into the silver medal by Australia.

It was a sure sign that Ed was well on his way to a full recovery and that the Rio Olympics, and that possible hat-trick of team pursuit gold medals, was in his sights.

Once in Rio, partnering Burke, Wiggins and Owain Doull, the Great Britain team qualified fastest and then twice broke the world record in the next two rounds, eventually riding 3:50.265 to edge out old rivals Australia for the gold medal.

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Ed Clancy
Ed Clancy

Palmarès

2016
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , London (UK) Team pursuit Silver
Olympic Games , Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Team pursuit Gold
2015
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Paris (France) Team pursuit Silver
2014
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , London (UK) team pursuit (qualifying round) Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Guadaloupe team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Guadaloupe scratch race Bronze
Commonwealth Games , Glasgow (UK) team pursuit Silver
2013
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Apeldoorn (Netherlands) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Minsk (Belarus) team pursuit Silver
2012
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Glasgow (UK) team sprint Silver
Olympic Games , London (UK) team pursuit Gold
Olympic Games , London (UK) omnium Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Melbourne (Australia) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , London (UK) team pursuit Silver
2011
UEC European Track Championships , Apeldoorn (Netherlands) omnium Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Apeldoorn (Netherlands) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Apeldoorn (Netherlands) team pursuit Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) team pursuit Gold
2010
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Ballerup (Denmark) omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Ballerup (Denmark) team pursuit Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Cali (Colombia) omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Melbourne (Australia) team pursuit Silver
UEC European Track Championships , Pruszkow (Poland) team pursuit Gold
2009
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Melbourne (Australia) team pursuit Silver
2008
Olympic Games , Beijing (China) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Manchester (UK) team pursuit Gold
2007
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Majorca (Spain) team pursuit Gold
2005
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Los Angeles (USA) team pursuit Gold