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The bold prediction of the Team GB cyclist in Paris after the shock of Laura Kenny’s decision
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The bold prediction of the Team GB cyclist in Paris after the shock of Laura Kenny’s decision

Britain’s greatest female Olympian announced her retirement in March and Josie Knight is among those carrying the flame into the first Games without Kenny in 20 years

Grace Lister, Josie Knight, Laura Kenny and Maddie Leech of Team England at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Olympic silver medalist Josie Knight insists Laura Kenny’s retirement will not affect Team GB’s prospects at the velodrome at Paris 2024.

Britain’s greatest female Olympian announced her retirement in March and Knight is among those carrying the flame into the first Games without Kenny in 20 years.




Knight believes Kenny’s absence will have no impact on Team GB’s ability to upgrade team pursuit silver to gold, retain the Madison title or compete in the omnium.

“Absolutely not,” says Ridder. “She used to be the absolute superstar. Because so many people, including myself, grew up wanting to be Laura Kenny, we now have a tremendous amount of talent to choose from.

“We are not world champions for nothing. That didn’t happen by chance, we are a group of seriously talented athletes hoping to win gold in Paris.”

As a child, Knight learned the names of male road racing icons such as Alberto Contador on family cycling holidays to the Pyrenees. But Kenny and Lizzie Deignan were her first female role models in sport.

“She was the first, she completely paved the way for us,” Knight said. “She’s a superstar! She is a household name. When I meet a stranger and they find out I’m a track cyclist, they know her name and she has brought so much attention to our sport.

Laura Kenny paved the way for others(Getty images)

“She was such a normal person at the same time. I remember the first track session I did with her, I was so nervous I didn’t want to do anything off the line in case she judged me.