Cycling supremo Katie Archibald says taking part in the inaugural Women’s Tour has exceeded all her
expectations on the road.
Archibald – a fast emerging star on the track following European and World team pursuit titles in the last 12 months – has switched her attentions to the road season in recent weeks.
A solo victory in last month’s Cheshire Classic, the second round of British Cycling Women’s Road Series, left the Milngavie sportswoman in confident mood heading into the five-stage tour through the East of England.
And she proved a more than worthy support rider for teammate Lucy Garner who came seventh overall and picked up the Best British riders jersey. Archibald finished 41st herself.
While her own ambitions may have been set aside to help the team out, the 20-year-old was happy to play her part in the first UCI-ranked competition for women in Britain.
Archibald said: “We went into it with fairly low expectations to see what we could do but we did really well as a team and it was great that Lucy got the Best British rider jersey.
“It’s the first time I have ever raced with her, I normally race against her. I know she had been putting in some pretty good performances at a high level so it was just about making sure we were around her and making sure she was protected.”
The Women’s Tour forms part of a busy summer for Archibald who is waiting to see if she will be selected to ride for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
If selected she could well be up against fellow world team pursuit winners Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker.
Archibald said: “Things are going according to plan, although I won’t be able to really know until the end of July and the Games.
“I’ve had quite a few crashes but I’ve been fairly fortunate not to get injured too badly. Its part of the sport, I just hope I can keep out of trouble until then.”
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