I was on the verge of quitting, admits Laura Kenny after winning gold in the scratch race at the Commonwealth Games

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Kenny said the departure of women’s endurance coach Monica Greenwood and British team-mate Katie Archibald’s decision to miss the Commonwealths and European Championships also affected her.

“From everything that happened to me personally, and then Monica walking away … I feel lost,” she said. “When Katie told me she thought she couldn’t do the Commies and then the Euros, I felt like someone had ripped my right arm off. I thought Katie and I were focusing on Madison at the worlds [later this year], maybe we will. But when someone says, “I can’t be physically fit enough to compete in the European competition, I don’t think I’m going to compete in Madison with you,” I just felt like I had nothing.

“When you’re in that mindset and you get on your bike day after day, I make sacrifices at home because obviously I’m leaving [four-year-old son] Albie to do that is really hard. Even before the start [today], I didn’t know if I could. But I came in this morning with a completely different mindset, thinking, ‘Of course you can.’

“I said to myself in the toilet, ‘You have to race like Laura Trott, that old cyclist who couldn’t think of anything other than crossing that finish line first’.”

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