Sarah Storey warns of the dangers of open-road races

Dame Sarah Storey says that racing on open roads in the UK doesn't give young rider a true representation of what it is like to be a professional cyclist

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Dame Sarah Storey is calling for more road races in the UK to take place on closed roads, saying she is "not prepared to risk my life" by mixing with traffic on open roads.

The majority of road races in the UK see cyclists riding on open roads, with closed circuit races usually taking place at specialist off-road venues, meaning that road race riders have to take vehicles into account when racing.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.