Laura Kenny not expected to compete at Paris 2024 Olympics after birth of second child

Laura Kenny with a Union Flag at the Tokyo Olympics velodrome - Laura Kenny not expected to compete at Paris 2024 Olympics after birth of second child

Laura Kenny was bullish when she last spoke about competing in Paris – Paul Grover for the Telegraph

British Cycling does not expect Laura Kenny to ride at next year’s Paris Olympics.

Britain’s most successful female Olympian gave birth to her second child, a boy named Monty, on July 20. And speaking ahead of the UCI World Cycling Championships which begin in Glasgow this week, British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park told Telegraph Sport “it would be a stretch” for the five time Olympic gold medallist to be back on top form in 12 months.

“I think it’s going to be a stretch for her to come back for Paris,” the Scot said. “I think at the moment her plan is to try and come back for the world championships at the end of the year.”

Kenny and her husband, fellow multiple Olympic gold medallist Sir Jason Kenny, had their first son, Albie, in 2017. Kenny then suffered a miscarriage in November 2021 and an ectopic pregnancy in January 2022. When she announced her last pregnancy in January this year she made no mention of Paris.

Recently, though, Kenny has sounded more bullish and it would certainly be no surprise if she did target a sensational comeback given her Olympic pedigree. “I just think never say never,” the 31-year-old told the Manchester Evening News in May. “If I don’t try I’ll never know and I know a year seems insane but people have done madder things.

“If I don’t try, I won’t know whether I’ll make it or not. I don’t want to look back thinking ‘what if I had tried?’.”

Park, though, said he was not banking on it, especially with so few chances to compete before Paris and with such a strong female endurance squad headed up by Kenny’s Tokyo 2020 Madison-winning partner Katie Archibald.

“Certainly we’re expecting [Kenny] to come back onto the bike,” he said. “She’s got a return-to-ride programme. But, you know, you’ve got to come back and be in good form. And she’s in an incredibly competitive squad with some very strong riders. And she’s got to be absolutely ready and motivated to do that.

“The last time I spoke to her, she was [motivated]. But you know, she’s only just had a baby. So I dare say there’ll be some time for that to settle in before she’s in a position to think about [the Olympics].”

Jason Kenny, Laura’s seven-time Olympic gold medal-winning husband, will be in Glasgow this week as he now coaches the men’s sprint team.

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