Sir Chris Hoy undergoing chemotherapy as he reveals cancer diagnosis

The Olympian announced the news on his Instagram page and said he was feeling 'optimistic'.

Sir Chris Hoy announces he is undergoing treatment following cancer diagnosis  Getty Images

Sir Chris Hoy has announced he is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer.

The 47-year-old made the announcement on his Instagram page on Friday and said the news had come as a “huge shock” as he had shown no symptoms.

Hoy did not reveal what type of cancer he had been diagnosed with, however said he is feeling “optimistic, positive and surrounded by love”.

He said: “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.”

He added: “My heart goes out to the many others who are also going through similar challenges right now.”

Hoy said that despite treatment, he is “feeling fine” and able to continue to work, cycle and live life “as normal”.

He added he was looking forward to this year’s Olympics, which will be held in Paris in the summer.

The second most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time, Hoy won six gold medals and one silver during his career, also being named world champion 11 times.

Hoy retired from the sport in 2013, and in 2014 Glasgow’s newly built velodrome for the Commonwealth Games was named after the sportsman.

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