Sarah Storey withdraws from Para-cycling track world champs due to yellow fever outbreak in Rio

14-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey withdraws from the 2018 Para-cycling World Championships as she cannot have vaccine for yellow fever, which is currently affecting Rio de Janeiro

Sarah Storey and individual pursuit gold medal, London 2012 Paralympic Games, track day one afternoon
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Multiple Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey has withdrawn from the 2018 Para-cycling Track World Championships (March 22-25) over concerns regarding an outbreak of yellow fever in the event's host city, Rio de Janerio in Brazil.

Storey issued a statement via Twitter on Thursday, saying that it had been a 'tough decision' to make but that she had to put the health and well-being of her family first.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.