Victoria Pendleton admits she is finally missing her bike after turning her back on the velodrome


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Retired Olympic star Victoria Pendleton has admitted she is finally missing her bike after turning her back on the velodrome following the Olympics.

The gold medal-winning Strictly Come Dancing contestant originally said it would be a relief to put her years of training in the saddle behind her, but now says she recently felt a "pang".

Writing in the Radio Times she said she felt her days were numbered as a contestant on the BBC1 dance show.

Pendleton avoided the dance-off this week despite finishing towards the bottom of the judges' leaderboard with her paso doble on Saturday.

She said she had been surprised to have lasted longer than a fortnight in the show, and admitted she had little chance of competing against show favourites Louis Smith and Denise Van Outen.

"I don't think I will last much longer, especially when I look at the likes of Louis and Denise," she said.

"I don't know how much more I can actually improve. In short, it would take a miracle for me to pick up that glitterball trophy."

The Radio Times cover star went on: "The other day, I also felt a pang and realised that I haven't ridden a bike in weeks. I didn't think I would, but I've really missed it."

She said she has a "proper girl's bike" which has a basket on the front, and she is looking forward to riding it with her fiance around her home near Wilmslow in Cheshire.

Pendleton said she may be feeling a little "broody" after meeting her dance partner Brendan Cole's pregnant wife Zoe.

"It made me coo so much," she added.

:: The new edition of Radio Times is out today.