Marie Purvis: British Legend

In 1993 Marie Purvis became the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour de France Féminin in its modern format. She won another stage in 1995, and her palmarès include five national titles. That becomes more impressive when you consider Marie Morgan, as she’s now known, only began racing aged 26

Being hit by a car and suffering a broken jaw just a few weeks after taking up cycle racing would convince many riders to give up the sport for good.

Thankfully, Marie Purvis persevered and within a few years was racing in the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and women’s Tour de France.

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