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Dame Sarah Storey has cemented her place in British sporting history with her 17th career gold and 3rd of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Thanking her husband Barney and her family for their unwavering support, Sarah credited years of paying attention to detail and leaving no stone unturned in finding her own personal best performances.

With weather conditions more similar to a winters day in the Peak District, Sarah tackled the 80km road race with no one willing to take up the pace with her and she had to cover all the moves and attacks across the course of the 6 laps. With early attacks coming from Kerstin Brachtendorf, Sarah was left chasing with riders tracking her every move until the German came back in to sight and her British team mate eventually closed the final gap.

The bell sounded to indicate less than 10 miles of racing left to run and it was down to Sarah’s superior technical skills on wet corners and descents that made the difference in a race that was as tactical as it was physical. Eventually powering away to victory, it wasn’t until the final 200m of the race that she allowed herself to realise that she was in fact riding in to the history books.

Speaking after the event she admitted, “it is hard to compute what has just happened, it is very surreal and I can’t explain how it feels!”

Leaving the event immediately to fly home to her family, Sarah has since spoken about how tough it was to compete in the delayed Games, with the various restrictions on movement required in order to maintain the Games bubble and minimise the risk of covid-19 affecting the athletes and their support staff. To hear first hand about how Sarah achieved this unprecedented success, in such difficult and unusual conditions, email teamstoreysport@hotmail.co.uk for details of availability and costings to welcome her to your event.