Briton Kennaugh takes break due to mental health issues

  • Cycling
  • Friday, 05 Apr 2019

FILE PHOTO: Olympics - London 2012 Olympic Games - Velodrome - 3/8/12 Cycling - Track - Men's Team Pursuit - Final - (L-R) Great Britain's Edward Clancy, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas celebrate winning Gold Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason O'Brien Livepic

(Reuters) - Former Olympic gold medallist Peter Kennaugh is taking a break from professional cycling as a result of mental health issues, the rider and his Bora-Hansgrohe team said on Friday.

"Peter will be taking an indefinite break from professional cycling due to ongoing mental health issues," Bora-Hansgrohe said in a statement.

"The Team supports Peter in his decision and have agreed that this is the best course of action to ensure he can return to full health in the near future."

The 2014 and 2015 British road racing champion was a member of the Team Sky who helped Chris Froome win two of his four Tour de France titles in 2013 and 2015.

The 29-year-old, who won the team pursuit gold medal at the London Olympics with Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Steven Burke, left the British outfit for Bora-Hansgrohe last year.

"I would like to thank everyone at Bora-Hansgrohe for their support and understanding to allow me to recover away from the sport. I wish the team the best of luck for the rest of the season," Kennaugh said.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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