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British cycling squad

by Anderson & Low
chromogenic print, 8 March 2004
24 7/8 in. x 20 in. (633 mm x 508 mm)
Purchased, 2004
Photographs Collection
NPG x126463

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This portrait shows the multi-medal-winning British men's Cycling Squad for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In the Games, Steel, Hayles and Manning won silver for the Team Pursuit event. Steel has competed in three other Olympic Games and Hayles in two, where they both won bronze medals. At the Sydney Games in 2000, Maclean and Hoy won silver for Team Sprint. In Athens in 2004 Hoy won gold for the 1km time trial. He has also won nine World Championship gold medals and was awarded an MBE in 2005. Photographed at the Manchester Velodrome whilst attending the Track Cycling World Cup.

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