Katie Archibald keen to help Lucy Garner to home success at The Women’s Tour

Katie Archibald keen to help Lucy Garner to home success at The Women’s Tour

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Great Britain Katie Archibald hopes that her current form will help her support Lucy Garner to success on local roads at The Women’s Tour.

The event, which takes place 7-11 May, will use roads close to team leader Garner’s Leicestershire home and with Archibald riding high after her win at round two of the British Cycling Women’s Road Series, the 20-year-old Scot is excited at the prospect.

"I think I'm equal parts excited and terrified,” admitted Archibald, who won the Cheshire Classic. “It's a huge opportunity and it's going to be an amazing race.

"I'm going to be racing with so many good girls.

"I'm waking up thinking about it and coming out in cold sweats. It's going to be a thrill. It's pretty exhilarating to think that you'll be racing with the best in the world."

Archibald has rapidly grown used to the limelight on the track, thrust into the all-conquering Great Britain team pursuit squad that dominated the 2013/14 UCI Track Cycling World Cup and retained their world title in Colombia.

But Archibald has less experience at stage racing, having only competed in one multi-day event before, the 2014 Energiewacht Tour in the Netherlands.

Yet Archibald is confident that she and a Great Britain team also comprising Amy Hill, Hayley Jones, Ciara Horne and Emily Kay can help Garner compete against a class field.

"We'll be catching up with (coach) Darren Tudor in the coming days and seeing what prospects he's set out for us," said Archibald.

"It should be quite suited to us. With about 100 riders it should be manageable to get into most of the action so it'll be a case of setting aims for each day, specific goals and maybe a stage win for Lucy and seeing how we can work together as a team to get that.

"I'd be very keen to be there at the end, helping Lucy to the last minute."

The Women’s Tour is a key part of a massive season for Archibald, who is hoping to be selected to ride for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. As well as a major goal in itself, the rider revealed that The Women’s Tour will help her massively in her base preparation for Glasgow.

"With The Women's Tour it’s the biggest chance to fit in a huge, huge volume of work and get a lot of experience riding in a top class peloton, which is transferrable to the track.

"It'll be the track that I'm aiming for mainly at the Commonwealth Games, really at the moment it's about building up big base miles. I've been in the gym quiet a lot as well.

"Come June time I'll be getting a lot more track-specific. This will be the peak of road for me."

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