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OLYMPIAN HOY SET FOR RETIREMENT; CYCLING.

SIX-TIME Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is expected to announce his retirement from cycling in his home city of Edinburgh this week.

The 37-year-old has spent the period post-London 2012 deliberating over his future, with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow a major carrot.

The Scot will be 38 by the time competition commences at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Privately figures in British Cycling have known for some time that Hoy, who won his first Olympic gold in Athens in 2004, is preparing to announce his retirement on Thursday after four Olympic Games and a British record six gold medals, including two in the capital last August and three in Beijing in 2008.

Speaking at last November's Track World Cup in November, Hoy revealed he would make the decision over his future this spring.

He spoke of his desire to ride on until the Commonwealth Games, but that was not the issue. Instead, it was down to his body.

"Being here and seeing the stadium hasn't made me want to be there any more (than it did before)," said Hoy, who was a spectator at the arena which bares his name.

"I couldn't have wanted it any more. You can visualise what it will be like. To have a home Commonwealth Games on the back of a home Olympic Games, not many riders have that chance, so I'm certainly not lacking motivation about making it to the Games. It's about whether my body can hold on."

Hoy is set to announce his decision at Murrayfield Stadium later this week.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 16, 2013
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