Lizzy Banks takes first professional victory after late solo attack on stage eight of the Giro Rosa 2019

The Brit attacked an 11 woman breakaway with 12km to go to take victory by 30 seconds

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

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Lizzy Banks won the first professional race of her career at the Giro Rosa on Sunday. The Sheffield based Brit attacked a breakaway of ten riders with around 12km of the 133.3km stage remaining and built a lead of around 30 seconds which she has able to hold.

Her Bigla team mate, Leah Thomas was in the break away behind her and frustrated other riders’ efforts to chase, stopping pedalling every occasion she found herself on the front, and chasing every other attack.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.