Despite coming into the race as one of the smallest teams on a packed WorldTour start list, CAMS-Basso left the Women’s Tour with a string of aggressive rides and a best British rider accolade for Becky Storrie.
Storrie finished 15th overall, outperforming the likes of Brits Joss Lowden (Uno-X), Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) and Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) to claim the title of best home rider in the British stage race.
The 23-year-old’s stand-out performance came on stage 5, where she finished ninth on the summit finish atop Black Mountain, just 21 seconds back on winner Longo Borghini and the best non-WorldTour finisher.
“I felt confident,” Storrie said of the stage. “I’ve been climbing really well recently, but these girls are the best in the world so it’s very humbling. But it was a really good ride and I’m glad I could pull it off for the team.”
Storrie’s results are part of what was a very active week for CAMS-Basso, the team that recently started the career of WorldTour pro Anna Henderson (now Jumbo-Visma).
Danielle Shrosbree and Sammie Stuart both went on solo breakaways on stages 1 and 2, the latter on only her second-ever UCI race day. In the latter stages, the team’s red and yellow kit was rarely far from the front in the fight for early moves.
“We’ve got a really good atmosphere in the team,” Storrie said. “We’re like one family, we all spur each other on to do the best that we can.
“I think that success does breed success and we’ve shown that we can ride with the best in the world and we’re giving it to them. I’m really proud of everyone.”
The Women’s Tour was Storrie’s first WorldTour race for the season, but she has figured in a number of European stage races already in 2022, including finishing eighth overall at the Vuelta a Andalucía in May.
Storrie will go back to the British domestic series after this race, but has the goal of moving up a level in mind.
“I’m kind of just taking each day as it comes, but that is always the goal, to step up to the WorldTour one day,” she said.
“I’m just thinking about the next race. That’s CiCLE Classic for us in the national series next weekend, so that will be fun.”
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Matilda Price is a freelance cycling journalist and digital producer based in the UK. She is a graduate of modern languages, and recently completed an MA in sports journalism, during which she wrote her dissertation on the lives of young cyclists. Matilda began covering cycling in 2016 whilst still at university, working mainly in the British domestic scene at first. Since then, she has covered everything from the Tour Series to the Tour de France. These days, Matilda focuses most of her attention on the women’s sport, writing for Cyclingnews and working on women’s cycling show The Bunnyhop. As well as the Women’s WorldTour, Matilda loves following cyclo-cross and is a recent convert to downhill mountain biking.