Coming back from concussion: Lizzy Banks on a season lost to injury

Hitting the ground in a race and jumping back on the bike is normal for most pros, but Lizzy Banks's tale highlights how easy it can be to miss a crucial window for a diagnosis

Lizzy Banks concussion
(Image credit: Gabriel Banks)

Lizzy Banks already had a lot of catching up to do. The 31-year-old started racing in her mid-twenties while just nine months shy of completing a seven-year medical degree. Despite her late start she hit the ground running, winning the British National Series overall in 2017 and duly signing a pro contract with the now-defunct American team United Healthcare the following season. 

After racking up a series of consistent results throughout the US and Europe. Banks went on to sign for the European-based Bigla team during which time she managed to take two Giro Rosa stage wins including the much talked about 170km day of the 2020 race. Her trajectory was still pointing skyward when, at the end of 2020, the team folded and she and the rest of her teammates were left searching for rides.  

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