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Neah Evans hopes Paris can win gold again as the Olympic star returns to the stage where she achieved her first world championship victory

Neah Evans is a two-time world champion – but the Scot feels only the Olympic stage can deliver global acclaim. The Team GB track cyclist is set to return to the Paris venue where he won the first of his world championship gold medals in 2022.

While he admits that moment at the National Velodrome in Montigny-le-Bretonneux will stay with him forever, the 33-year-old also admits it is no substitute for standing on top of the podium next month.



Evans, who won silver in the team pursuit at the Tokyo Olympics three years ago, is the reigning world champion in the Madison after achieving success on home soil with team-mate Elinor Barker in Glasgow last August. She took world championship gold in the points race in Paris a year ago. And as she prepares to return across the Channel, Evans, who hopes to compete in the Madison and Omnium events, said: “I am absolutely delighted with my selection.

“I’m a world champion now and that’s hugely respected in the cycling world – but it’s still relatively unknown to the general public. The Olympics are such a global sporting event. It’s a chance to showcase to the whole world what we do.”

Evans has fond memories of competing in the French capital after winning world gold in 2022, where he also won silver in the team pursuit at the same championships.

He says the Paris track is made for the aggressive daredevils – just the way he likes it. And he said Record Sports “I won my first world championship in Paris and that moment will live with me for the rest of my life. It was down to the last few laps. Sometimes in the points race everything can be decided well in advance.

“But when it came to the last few laps, even though I was sure I knew what to do, I was still wondering if I could do it. It’s very exciting when you look at the scoreboard and you see that you’re still on top at the end of the race.

“When it’s wet, windy and cold and you don’t want to go out for four hours to train, that’s what keeps you going. That’s why Paris will always be special to me. I think it has steep banks that make it more fun. If you’re at the top of the track and you turn left, you can get a lot more free speed.

“You can be aggressive with how you ride this, and I love that. Dare? Listen, I’m riding a wooden track with 20 other people who have no brakes, you can say that!”

Evans has won nine European and six world titles while cycling for Britain, and has also won silver and bronze medals for Scotland at the last two Commonwealth Games. He said: “It’s been a busy few years so hopefully I can get another good Olympic result. As a world event there’s pressure and expectation and there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that people might not realise.

IZU, JAPAN – AUGUST 3: (L-R) Team GB silver medalists Katie Archibald, Neah Evans, Laura Kenny and Josie Knight pose on the podium during the medal ceremony after the Women’s Track Cycling team pursuit finals on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan on August 3, 2021. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)(Image: Getty)

“Personally, I have had a lot of setbacks due to illness, injury and things not going to plan, so it’s nice to know that I have been able to deal with that, put it all behind me and now focus on the Games.


“It’s really developed so quickly. Tokyo doesn’t look like it did three years ago and I can see why they normally do a four-year cycle!

“It’s a spiral of upward momentum that’s really fun but also quite daunting. But I’m excited to be selected and I’m looking forward to getting out there and competing.”

* Evans was supported in his quest to win two medals at his second Olympics by UK cycling and triathlon equipment manufacturer HUUB (www.huubdesign.com), Therabody recovery and health products (www.therabody.com) and Forest Financial Planning (www.forestfp.co.uk).