Banking on success - Newcomer Lizzy Banks on her rapid rise to the top

Lizzy Banks out riding near her home town of Sheffield. Picture by Andy Jones
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

There was a lot of emotion when Lizzy Banks won her first professional race at last month’s Giro Rosa. Post-race tears dried, she stood on the podium, thrust both arms straight upwards, and let out a shout. “Yes!”

What was she thinking? “I had always wanted one of the Astoria [Prosecco] bottles and then I ended up getting one for myself!” she laughs. “You have so many emotions that it’s impossible to translate that into one feeling or one thought. It’s only afterwards, when you come out of the bubble of cycling and get back home to normality that you realise what it means.”

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