Ex­cit­ing new chap­ter in Dame Sarah’s Storey ahead

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - CY­CLING MAR­IOS PAPALOIZOU

ELEVENTIME Par­a­lympic gold medal­ist Dame Sarah Storey in­sists com­pet­ing against the world’s best cy­clists at the Pru­den­tial RideLon­don Women’s Grand Prix will rank among the high­est moments of her ca­reer.

The 36-year-old was part of a 100-strong field for the Women’s Grand Prix on Satur­day – a 1.3-mile cir­cuit around St James’ Park and up The Mall.

While Storey was not in the cap­i­tal to chal­lenge for vic­tory, she admits the chance to ride past some of Lon­don’s most iconic land­marks against the globe’s best was too good to pass up.

Storey is cur­rently gear­ing up for the Para-cy­cling Road World Cham­pi­onships later this month but placed 46th as Gior­gia Bronzini took vic­tory ahead of Mar­i­anne Vos and Lizzie Ar­mit­stead.

“It was quite hard re­ally and I’m in the mid­dle of a re­ally hard train­ing block for the World Cham­pi­onships so in terms of speed and ac­cel­er­a­tion I had one big ef­fort and then found my­self cling­ing onto the coat-tails,” she said. “The av­er­age was in­cred­i­ble and the rid­ers in the field were just im­mense so to have the chance to get off the front and test the legs is all you can re­ally ask for.

“It was amaz­ing, I’ve never raced on those roads be­fore. It’s not my ideal route I’d pre­fer some­thing like Box Hill with a bit of gra­di­ent.”

PRU­DEN­TIAL RideLon­don took place on 9 & 10 Au­gust. To find out more, visit www. pru­den­tial­ride­lon­don. co.uk

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