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Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy’s wife Sarra who got him ‘through it all’ in his sporting career looks set to once again be his rock as he announced today he is battling a form of cancer.

Sir Chris, who counts six Olympic gold medals among his accolades, received the diagnosis last winter despite reporting no symptoms.

He bravely took to Instagram yesterday where he revealed his medical status – and was met with well wishes from fans full of warmth and solidarity.

But the 11-time world cycling champion, 47, has always had the most praise for his wife of 14 years. 

In a 2012 interview as he won his sixth gold Olympic medal, Sir Chris said: ‘She has been there the whole way – never complained and never moaned or become frustrated with cycling because that has been put first over everything.’

Cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy, 47, who revealed he has cancer, pictured with wife Sarra

Cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy, 47, who revealed he has cancer, pictured with wife Sarra

Sir Chris has previously praised his senior lawyer wife, who he says has been there for him 'through it all'

Sir Chris has previously praised his senior lawyer wife, who he says has been there for him ‘through it all’

Sir Chris pictured in 2012 winning the Men's Keirin final in Melbourne, with his wife Sarra Hoy

Sir Chris pictured in 2012 winning the Men’s Keirin final in Melbourne, with his wife Sarra Hoy

Sarra Hoy pictured with their son Callum, now healthy, he was born at just 29 weeks in 2014

 Sarra Hoy pictured with their son Callum, now healthy, he was born at just 29 weeks in 2014

Sarra, 40, worked as a senior lawyer before the couple, who married in Edinburgh in 2010, had their two children, Callum, nine, and Chloe, six.

They have previously opened up about their struggles when both children were born prematurely.

Son Callum was born at 29 weeks in 2014 and weighed just 2lbs 2oz at birth.

Sarra revealed she and Sir Chris weren’t given any advice while she was pregnant on Callum on the possibility that Callum could be born premature, but said it ‘felt like the impossible’ when she went into labour nearly three months early.

When their baby was born, he was immediately placed on ventilators and it was four days before they could hold their baby boy.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Sarra said: ‘It was several days before we were allowed to hold Callum.

‘It took two nurses to help lift him out of his incubator and lay him on my chest.

‘It was like holding a frail baby bird. We were terrified but at the same time utterly consumed with love and a desire to protect him.’

Finally leaving the hospital after two months with Callum, who still only weighed 4lbs 4oz they both admitted that going home with a premature baby was hard.

‘Suddenly you realise this is your whole responsibility, you get quite institutionalized as you’re surrounding my these amazing nurses and doctors – its hard to take them home and have a baby which has no monitoring systems to tell you what is going on with them.’

Since then, Lady Hoy has served as an ambassador for Bliss, a charity for premature babies, lent 

She said: ‘What I do know now is that you do, the parents need a lot of emotional support and information about what’s happening with your baby, and that’s why World Prematurity Day is so important, it’s starting a conversation. 

The Olympian pictured with his wife at an event in Monte Carlo in 2017

The Olympian pictured with his wife at an event in Monte Carlo in 2017

The Scotsman, 47, shared this post announcing the news to his 57,300 followers on Instagram

The Scotsman, 47, shared this post announcing the news to his 57,300 followers on Instagram

Hard: Chris Hoy and his wife Sarra were hit with an 'urgent grief' when their son Callum was born 11 weeks premature in 2014

Hard: Chris Hoy and his wife Sarra were hit with an ‘urgent grief’ when their son Callum was born 11 weeks premature in 2014

Moving: The couple admitted they should have asked for more support while their son fought for his life on a neonatal unit after weighing just 2lbs 2oz at birth (pictured)

Moving: The couple admitted they should have asked for more support while their son fought for his life on a neonatal unit after weighing just 2lbs 2oz at birth (pictured)

‘This doesn’t just affect babies, it’s not just mothers, it’s families and it’s the babies growing up as well and it’s about trying to let people know there is support out there. I’m an ambassador for Bliss baby charity, they provide support, and at the time I didn’t know I needed that.’

The couple’s daughter Chloe was born around three weeks early, requiring less medical intervention.

Lady Hoy made headlines when she joined queues and waited 11 hours to pay her respects to the late Queen’s coffin as it lay in state at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh in September 2012.

Her patience, which stood in contrast to claims of queue jumping by This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, won her glowing praise online.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Sarra revealed: ‘I grew up in a military family… I had met the Queen on a couple of occasions.

‘The Queen was woven into every fabric of our lives… she has been that level, steadfast force in all of our lives […] She has made a connection with people not just as a head of state… but also on a personal level.’

The visit was especially poignant as the Queen’s coffin lay in the same church where Sarra and Sir Chris were married in 2010. 

His full statement on Instagram yesterday reads: ‘I have a bit of news. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer, which came as a huge shock, having had no symptoms up to that point.

‘I’m currently receiving treatment including chemotherapy, which thankfully is going really well. I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the medical professionals for their amazing help and care.

‘For the sake of my young family, I had hoped to keep this information private but regrettably our hand has been forced. While I’m thankful for any support, I’d like to deal with this privately.

‘My heart goes out to the many others who are also going through similar challenges right now. I’m optimistic, postive and surrounded by love for which I’m truly grateful.

‘As you might imagine, the last few months have been incredibly difficult. However, I currently feel fine – I am continuing to work, ride my bike and live my life as normal.

‘It’s an exciting year of work ahead, not least the Paris Olympics in July. I can’t wait to get stuck in, have fun and share it with you all.’

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