'There were a lot of things in the run-up to Tokyo that weren't ideal': Laura Kenny opens up on team pursuit disappointment at the Olympics

Kenny's two medals at Tokyo were her first as a mother, and she plans on returning to the Olympic scene in Paris

Team pursuit Great Britain women
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Six Olympic medals, five of them gold, Britain's greatest ever female Olympian - Laura Kenny could very easily retire happily.

But she won't, her aim squarely set on Paris 2024. After a decade at the top, though, why is she continuing her story? "Because I love riding my bike," she laughs, almost incredulously. "I miss it when I don't do it. It's been such a huge part of my life for such a long time that I almost don't know any different. I honestly just enjoy doing it. It's not a job for us."

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.