Team GB cycling setback as Ed Clancy retires from Olympics with injury

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Team GB’s veteran track cyclist Ed Clancy has been forced to withdraw from the men’s team pursuit due to a back injury. Clancy has played a huge part of Great Britain’s dominance in the team pursuit having won gold at the past three Olympics.

And he was part of the quartet that helped Great Britain qualify fourth in Monday’s session.

The 36-year-old was set to line up in the race against reigning world champions Denmark this morning.

But Clancy has now confirmed that he won’t be competing in the heat due to a persistent back injury.

“I’m absolutely gutted that my Olympic career has ended this way, but it would be unfair of me to try to carry on now I have aggravated my back injury,” he said.

“Ultimately, I want the rest of the lads to build on the hard work we have done over the past year and a half and give them the best possible chance of making it on to the podium.

“I will be supporting them all the way.”

Team GB confirmed Clancy’s withdrawal in a statement, adding Charlie Tanfield will take his place.

The statement read: “Ed Clancy has withdrawn from the remainder of the Tokyo 2020 team pursuit competition as a result of an on-going back and sciatica issue, marking the end of a fantastic career spanning 20 years which has seen him become the most successful team pursuit rider in history.

“Charlie Tanfield will join Ethan Hayter, Ethan Vernon and Ollie Wood in the team pursuit quartet for the remainder of the Games.”

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