Pendleton: “I’m stopping after 2012.”

Olympic Cyclist Victoria Pendleton has announced she will quit the sport after the London Games next year.

The 31-year-old won Gold in Beijing three years ago as part of the sprint team, and is one of the favourites to repeat her success when she performs in front of her very own fans in the summer. However she has decided to bring her cycling career to an end after the event, but hasn’t yet announced what she will do afterwards.

She told the Mirror: “I’m retiring after the ­Olympics; I think I’m going to call it a day. In terms of the injuries from the weight training, it’s just getting a bit tedious. Everyone says it’s just wear and tear, but that’s a bit tragic when you’re only 31.

“I spend a lot of time with the ­physio these days, which annoys me because you don’t want to be there, you want to be training and doing everything you want to do.”

Pendleton is currently one of the country’s top female athletes, and she will be as determined as ever to leave the track with another gold medal which would round off her career in style. She will be sharing the responsibility of winning medals with the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny who also won medals in Beijing.

She is clearly looking forward to the occasion, but realises just how much effort will be required in order to win. She added:

“As a sportsperson the Olympics are so important. They’re a sacred thing, so it’s only right that you give it the ­respect and dedication that it needs.”

There will be millions tuning in to see her attempt to emulate what she did back in 2008, and it would be a brave person that bet against her stepping onto the top step of the podium once more.

Pendleton taking part in a promotional photo shoot