Lizzy Banks in 'disbelief' after taking first professional victory at Giro Rosa 2019

The Brit only started cycling in 2015 and has now taken one of the biggest wins in the Women's WorldTour calendar

Lizzy Banks celebrating after winning stage eight of the Giro Rosa 2019 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Lizzy Banks (Bigla) rode to her first professional win on stage eight of the Giro Rosa 2019, attacking from a breakaway group with 10km to go and going solo, taking out a gap of 30 seconds by the time she crossed the finish line.

What is even more remarkable is the fact Banks only started riding in 2015. Speaking to Cycling Weekly after her win, the 28-year-old said how she had been "dying" at the start of the day but managed to turn it around to get in the breakaway and then go on to take the stage win.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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