Garner happy on Women’s Tour and grateful for Archibald help

08 May 2014 / 16:45

Lucy Garner remains content with her progress in the inaugural Women’s Tour and reserved a special mention for Katie Archibald after the second stage from Hinckley to Bedford.

Garner, a two-time world junior champion on the road, placed sixth in opening stage and was to finish fifth for the Great Britain Cycling Team during the 118.8km second stage.

Rossella Ratto took the stage after a long break, latterly in the company of fellow Italian Susanna Zorzi, before Marianne Vos won a bunch sprint, involving Garner, for third place.

Garner is the Great Britain Cycling Team’s highest-placed rider in the general classification in tenth with Lizzie Armitstead, riding for Boels Dolmans, the best Brit overall in fifth.

Hannah Barnes is sixth overall for UnitedHealthcare but Garner insists the efforts of Great Britain Cycling Team rider Archibald, a world team pursuit champion on the track, shouldn’t go unnoticed.

“Katie as really helping me out. She was just getting used to it but she was really up there and really helping me. It was really nice that she was willing and determined for me to try and do as well as I can,” said Garner.

“I’m happy that I'm continuously getting myself up there but obviously I'd love a win. I've still got a long season left so we'll see how it goes.

"The whole way around everyone was just screaming my name it was so nice. I was smiling constantly. All the little kids at school were saying 'Go GB, Go Lucy' it was really nice to hear that."

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