'I don't see any reason why we can't aim for the gold' - Lizzie Deignan sets high Paris Olympic road race target for GB

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Lizzie Deignan at the 2024 RideLondon Classique stage one
(Image credit: Getty Images / Alex Broadway)

Nothing less than gold will do, Lizzie Deignan has said as she considers the upcoming Paris Olympic Games.

"It would be the gold medal for me or my team-mates," she tells Cycling Weekly when asked what would constitute success in Paris. "I think we have the potential to really throw everything at it. I think we have four really strong cards that we can really play the game in terms of tactics. So I don't see any reason why we can't aim for the gold really."

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.