Britain’s double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand has announced her retirement from international cycling.

The 28-year-old track cyclist won gold in the team pursuit at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

In a career spanning 10 years, Rowsell Shand was a five-time world and four-time European champion.

“The decision to step away has been the hardest I’ve ever had to make,” she said. “I believe I have more to offer the world.”

Roswell Shand, who also won Commonwealth Gold in 2014 in the individual pursuit, says she will now focus on a coaching career and will be taking part in the L’Etape du Tour in July, an amateur race which covers the same route as the Tour de France.


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