Olympic champion cyclist Callum Skinner retires

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Great Britain Olympic cham­pion Callum Skinner has retired from elite cycling. Callum Skinner won a gold and silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 The 26-year-old says he has quit the track to focus on improving rights and working conditions for athletes.

Cycling is my first love and it was the ideal place with the per­fect opportunities to focus my drive to achieve great things, he said. Now, I’m looking for a new challenge, my next Olympics.

Skinner also represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games last year, winning bronze in the 1km time trial at Australia’s Gold Coast. He initially said he was still targeting Tokyo 2020 after taking some time out from the sport last summer but has now stepped away from the track for good.

Last month it was announced that Skinner is to lead Global Athlete, a new organisation set up to push for enhanced rights for athletes.

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