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Dame Sarah Storey plans to miss UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

Dame Sarah Storey plans to miss UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
By PA Sport

28/01/2017 at 20:31Updated 28/01/2017 at 20:40

Britain's 14-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey plans to miss March's UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Britain's 14-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey plans to miss March's UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Storey and team-mate Jody Cundy criticised the UCI, cycling's world governing body, for awarding the event with just seven weeks' notice.

And Storey, who won three gold medals at last September's Rio Paralympics, is to prioritise preparations for Tokyo 2020 over a hastened build-up to the World Championships, which take place from March 2 to 5.

"I don't have any plans to race internationally this year so it's unlikely I'll be in Los Angeles," the 39-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I need a huge amount of recharging, including legs and family time, then build back up towards Tokyo.

"I'm very motivated to race and it would be easy to burn myself out.

"For me, it's important to look at that bigger picture.

"I'm in my eighth cycle as a Paralympian so I have to preserve what'll hopefully happen at the end of that cycle.

"It's not uncommon to take a back seat for a year or so in order to be really firing for those bigger qualifying events and hopefully the big one itself."

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