Breakthrough for Lizzy Banks at GP de Plouay

Lizzy Banks (Equipe Paule Ka) finishes second at GP de Plouay 2020
Lizzy Banks (Equipe Paule Ka) finishes second at GP de Plouay 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

With her runner-up finish at the Women's WorldTour GP de Plouay, Lizzy Banks (Équipe Paule Ka) has made a name for herself in the women’s peloton. She already turned heads by winning stage 8 of last year’s Giro Rosa, but while that victory came from a breakaway on a transitional stage, her Plouay performance pitted her directly against some of the best riders of the peloton.

Banks attacked with 35km to go and was quickly joined by Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo). A group of ten riders including road race world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Women’s WorldTour leader Liane Lippert (Team Sunweb) formed behind them and was chasing Banks and Deignan in the final, but a lack of cooperation between the chasers and two fully committed frontrunners meant that the Yorkshire duo made it to the finish.

“I fully committed to the move with Lizzie Deignan because even if it didn’t come off, I knew that I had a number of very strong teammates in the group behind," said Banks. “Those were both great options for us to get a podium. I did not know at this point whether our move would come back, but I wanted to commit to it. I knew that in the sprint, I needed to start behind her, but I was not able to get behind her. Of course, Lizzie has won Plouay before, and that was the point where her bigger experience showed. But we worked well together and were well-matched, and I am delighted about coming second, it is a really great result for our Continental team.”

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.