Words by Colette Carr
The long-anticipated return of Sarah Storey to world cycling is set to come in the shape of this year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Italy.
Storey, who gave birth to a son last October, was in the initial squad for March’s track Championships in Rio before she withdrew, but her long-awaited return will come from the 2-5 August in Maniago.
The 14-time Paralympic champion comes back into the fold almost two years after her golden hat trick in Rio as she chases a podium finish to add to her whopping 23 cycling world titles.
British Cycling this afternoon announced their squad of twenty to represent in Northern Italy, with seasoned names including Lora Fachie and pilot Corrine Hall, Crystal Lane-Wright, Katie Toft, David Smith and Steve Bate piloted Adam Duggleby.
Finlay Graham and George Peasgood will make their GB debuts on the tour as part as of the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers.
Dame Sarah Storey told British Cycling: “After not being able to travel to the track worlds in March I’m excited to get out to Italy for the road worlds. The road season has started well and I’ve already raced internationally in Holland. Over the next few weeks I’ve got the HSBC UK National Women’s Road Series races and the HSBC UK National Road Championships as part of my preparations.”
Steve Bate piloted Adam Duggleby (MB), Will Bjergfelt (C5), Craig Collis McCann (T2), Karen Darke (WH3), Hannah Dines (T2), Lora Fachie piloted by Corrine Hall (WB), Megan Giglia (C3), Finlay Graham (C3), Crystal Lane Wright (C5), Mel Nicholls (H4), George Peasgood (C4), Simon Price (C2), Louis Rolfe (C2), Liz Saul (C4), David Smith (C1), Dame Sarah Storey (C5), Katie Toft (C1), Ben Watson (C3)