Ed Clancy's retirement signals end of an era for British team pursuiting

Seven world and three Olympic titles make Clancy the most decorated team pursuiter in history

Ed Clancy
(Image credit: Future)

When Great Britain won their first team pursuit world title in Los Angeles back in 2005, a young rider who’d ridden the qualifying round but not the final, was taken on to the podium by his more experienced team-mates to claim his medal and world champion's jersey.

Sixteen years, seven world titles and three Olympic golds later and that not-so-young rider bowed out of the sport in Tokyo. In an emotional track centre interview with Eurosport, Ed Clancy, now 36, told his old team-mate Bradley Wiggins; “I’ve pushed this body as far as it will go, mate.”

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.