Lucy Kennedy retires for good after late Women’s Tour call-up

Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) called out of retirement to race Women's Tour 2021
Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) called out of retirement to race Women's Tour 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) had retired from cycling after the Tour de l’Ardèche in September, finishing fifteenth overall in the French stage race where she had celebrated her first European victory four years before. The crash of Georgia Williams, however, in the inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes ruled the New Zealand champion out of The Women’s Tour, and Kennedy was called up to ensure a six-rider squad could start the British stage race.

Given the short notice and the fact that she had already been retired for 19 days, the 33-year-old rode in support of her team without any personal ambitions. She finished 39th on stage 1 where her teammate Sarah Roy placed 11th, but stage 2 was a different matter.

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