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Cycling champion calls Yorkshire Tour as a fairytale

Double Olympic cycling champion Ed Clancy has described the Tour de France coming to his home county as almost fairytale.

Clancy, who's from Huddersfield, was in Ripon yesterday to join a number of amateur cyclists from the Yorkshire Building Society who are riding the first stage of this year's Tour de France in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Although a track cyclist by trade, Clancy says he can't wait to watch some of the worlds best road racers in the flesh.

Ed Clancy returns to team pursuit

Huddersfield's Ed Clancy has returned to the team pursuit in the Great Britain squad for the Track Cycling World Championships announced today.

Clancy rode in the three-man, three-lap team sprint at last November's Track World Cup in Glasgow, but has now reverted to the four-man, four-kilometre event in which he is twice an Olympic champion for the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, which take place from February 20 to 24.


Olympians light up the ice

Lizzie Armitstead Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire Olympians, Ed Clancy, Luke Campbell and Lizzie Armitstead, will be launching the third Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland at McArthurGlen's York Outlet.

Ed Clancy Credit: Press Association

Olympic boxing champion Luke, from Hull, Double Olympic cycling champion Ed from Barnsley and Team GB's first medallist of London 2012 Lizzie who is from Otley will take centre stage on the ice to turn on the 30ft Christmas tree lights inn the centre of the North of England's largest ice rink.

Luke Campbell Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Following this, visitors will be treated to exclusive performances from The Imperial Ice Stars - the internationally acclaimed Russian ice skating troupe. Fans of the Olympic athletes will also have the opportunity to meet them in the VIP area of the Ice Factor café from 7.15-8.15pm.

Silver for Ed Clancy

Huddersfield's Ed Clancy last night claimed a sliver medal in the men's team sprint in the opening session at the Track World Cup in Glasgow. Two-time Olympic team pursuit champion Clancy was making his debut in the shorter event alongside two of the three-man London 2012-winning team.

Clancy, riding in the position filled by Sir Chris Hoy in August, performed well as the British trio finished in 44.175 in just their second competitive ride, following qualifying this afternoon. Germany won in 43.887.

"You try to talk it down, but you do feel it a bit when you're riding with two Olympic champions who have just done a world record and you're in the Chris Hoy Velodrome, keeping his seat warm for him. It's like wow, hope I'm not riding round on my own for three laps', so it could've been worse. I think I did a reasonable job. I feel it's been a good place to start, but we have got some way to go if we're going to win the worlds and beat world records and so on."

– Ed Clancy
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