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Martin takes Toscana success; world U23 champ gears up: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 28, 2017

Guillaume Martin wins final stage and overall in the Giro della Toscana; World U23 champion readying himself for next race; Kenny returns to cycling aiming to be Britain’s best Olympian of all time; Backing salary caps, Stapleton says it is necessary to level the playing field in pro cycling; Astana signs junior world champ gold and bronze medalists; Guarischi moves to Team Virtu; Bora – hansgrohe completes 2018 roster with Grossschartner, Lotto-Soudal continues with Marczynski; Young Dutch talent signs with Team WNT; Surge in cycling audience prompts Eurosport to invest further in cycling; Video: 5 Bike Gadgets for Cycling in 2017; Video: Team Novo Nordisk’s riders’ most powerful moment; Video: 21% Grade Red Bull Bay Climb.

Kenny returns to cycling aiming to be Britain’s best Olympian of all time

by Shane Stokes

He walked away from the sport after taking gold medals in Rio 2016 in the sprint, team sprint and Keirin, but now Jason Kenny has taken the decision to return to cycling and to chase further Olympic gold medals in 2020. The 29-year-old had privately decided to retire but will now made his comeback in the final Revolution event in Manchester’s National Cycling Centre on January 6.

“I’m really excited about making my return to track racing at Revolution in Manchester on January 6 because it’s where I first started racing in front of crowds,” said Kenny. “I competed at the first Revolution event, as a junior in the Future Stars, so it’s a really nice way to be coming back, especially at my home track.

“Tokyo is a long way off at the moment and I’ve never really been motivated by records. I’ve just always tried to be the fastest and best I can be. Having said that, to win more gold medals than any other British Olympian would be an amazing achievement.”

Kenny is currently level with Chris Hoy’s six gold medals, the highest number won by a Briton in the Olympic Games. He would draw clear by taking gold in Tokyo 2020, while two medals of any sort will elevate him above Bradley Wiggins’ eight medals.

“To be honest, after Rio, I’d pretty much made my decision to walk away from cycling,” he said. “ But after taking a year out, getting married and having our first child, I felt refreshed. Before I knew it, I was training again. I feel like I’m 18 and starting all over again. Competing at Revolution in January will be the first step on the path to Tokyo.”

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