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Hannah Barnes: hungry for success

Hannah Barnes: hungry for success

Injury has only whetted the sprinter’s appetite for more glory How did Hannah Barnes react to her season-ending crash last August that resulted in a broken ankle and missing out on helping Lizzie Armitstead ’s successful bid for glory at the following month’s road World Championships ?

“At first, I was laughing about it,” she tells Cycling Weekly , raising a smile. “It took a couple of days before I got upset about it.”

This immediate reaction may suggest nonchalance from the 22-year-old Briton, but don’t be fooled by it. Those who know her will paint a different picture of the three-time British circuit race champion.

“Hannah is so hungry, I can see there’s a fire burning in her,” said Ronny Lauke, boss of the Canyon-SRAM squad for whom Barnes has signed to ride for in 2016.

“I’m pretty demanding as a sports director, but when riders start being a cyclist only for the lifestyle, that’s what I don’t like.

“Of course Hannah [hasn’t reached her peak yet], so I hope we can make that fire inside her bigger.” Ones to watch this season Barnes’s move from the American UnitedHealthcare team, for whom she rode in 2014 and 2015, to the German-registered Canyon-SRAM outfit […]

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