Chris Boardman, former Olympic cycling champion
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Boardman: How professional cycling affected my family

Former Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman has told BBC HARDtalk about the level of obsession the sport requires and the impact it had on his family and marriage.

"It's painful," he said. "It involves so much sacrifice and you can't do other things and it's so intense and specialised. A sane person wouldn't necessarily do this."

Mr Boardman explained that he dropped his wife off at hospital to give birth to their first daughter but, after finding out he had some time to wait, decided to drive to the other side of the UK to see a course he was due to compete on the following day.

"I was the fourth person to know that I had a daughter," he said.

Watch the full interview on Wednesday 8 June 2016 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel or watch again on BBC iPlayer (UK only)

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