Thrilling fin­ish to Storey

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - CY­CLING TREVOR BAXTER

DAME Sarah Storey stunned dou­ble Olympic cham­pion, Laura Trott, to claim a thrilling Na­tional Points race ti­tle on the fi­nal day of rac­ing at Manch­ester’s Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre.

Dis­ley’s Par­a­lympic star even over­shad­owed Jess Var­nish, who com­pleted a grand slam of Na­tional ti­tles for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive year.

Golden girl Trott won the Com­mon­wealth Points crown just two months ago.

But she and Glas­gow 2014 medal­lists Eli­nor Barker and Katie Archibald couldn’t keep pace with the 36-year-old mum of one in the gru­elling 25-kilo­me­tre race.

“I feel a bit over­whelmed,” said Storey (right) after rel­e­gat­ing dou­ble world cham­pion Barker into sil­ver and Trott into bronze.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be the rider that won at all. Katie is on fire at the mo­ment and I just wanted to make the race fast be­cause that would play into her hands too.

“I found my­self tak­ing a lap, which seemed to take for­ever. That helped me take the points and once I re­alised half­way through I thought ‘bril­liant, let’s keep go­ing.’

“It was fan­tas­tic though, it’s such a hard race, I’m re­ally pleased and over­whelmed.”

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