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Trott launches cycling's London Marathon

Laura Trott with boyfriend and fellow Team GB cycling member Jason Kenny Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hertfordshire's Olympic champion cyclist Laura Trott has helped to launch the cycling equivalent of the London Marathon alongside London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The double gold medal winner has helped launch an annual cycling event weekend for London which will include a 100-mile "Marathon" bike ride.

The Ride London event will be held for the first time next year.

"This will be a great way of getting people involved with cycling," said Trott, who took gold in the cycling team pursuit and omnium.

Trott has "owned up" to dating fellow double Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Jason Kenny, 24.

Mr Johnson, announcing the new cycling event in Westminster, joked that Trott and Kenny, adding their medals together, were 16th in the world Olympic medal table.


Laura Trott in second place in omnium

Trott gets into the zone for the omnium Credit: Christophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images

Laura Trott is in second place in the women's omnium after four events, just one point behind the USA's Sarah Hammer.

The Herfordshire rider finished the 3000 metre pursuit in second place in 3 mins 30.547 seconds, picking up two points.

Trott will compete in the final two events this afternoon.