Updated: Friday, 17th November 2017 @ 12:59pm

Champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy confirms Manchester appearance on London 2012 Olympic torch relay

Champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy confirms Manchester appearance on London 2012 Olympic torch relay

By Dean Wilkins

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is carrying the flame in Manchester this summer.

The cyclist is coming to the city on June 23 and will join thousands of other torchbearers during the 70-day relay around the country.

Sir Chris, 36, won three gold medals in Beijing and trained for the Games in Manchester’s velodrome.

He tweeted: "V.excited to have been selected as an Olympic Torchbearer by Lloyds TSB.

"I'll be in Manchester June 23. Hope to see you there!"

Sir Chris nominated former British cycling coach Geoff Cooke to be a London 2012 torch relay runner.

The Olympic flame was lit earlier in a ceremony at Olympia, Greece, and is arriving in the UK on May 18 at the Royal Navy airbase at Culdrose, Cornwall.

Ben Ainslie, a three-time sailing Olympic champion, will be the first person to carry the torch on British soil in Land's End on May 19.

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