Elinor Barker was dragging her bike through a muddy field in Cheshire, ever so slightly lost, five weeks after becoming a world champion. And loving it.

The upheaval of coronavirus doesn’t discriminate and the track cycling star is fighting an internal battle shared by all Olympians after the Games were postponed by a year.

Barker won’t get the chance to defend her team pursuit title in Tokyo as planned, but how can the preservation of humanity compare to competing for one of its highest honours?

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