Super Sophie shows she is made of the Wright stuff
Teenage Briton Sophie Wright wowed the crowd with a sensational performance in the women's cycling road race around Glasgow on Sunday.
The 19-year-old stunned some of the best riders in the world by taking an unexpected lead on the second lap and incredibly holding on to it for almost half of the nine-lap, 130km slog in muggy conditions.
Wright, who has twice undergone heart surgery in the past few years, eventually finished 57th, but her gutsy showing was one of the most exciting performances in the event.
"It was amazing to be the race leader for such a long time," Wright said. "Team GB did want to animate the race right from the start, so a few of our riders launched some attacks, which was good.
"On the second lap, I decided to commit on the longest and steepest hill of the course and I got three of us away.
"We worked together for a lap but then we were getting caught, and just as the peloton reached us, we got back to that same hill and I just decided I was going to go again.
"I knew people would be at their most tired at that point of the circuit, and it was an element of surprise as well. It also kind of lulled a bit in a team sense, so I just decided I was going to go on my own.
"I definitely surprised myself that I was able to hold on to the lead for so long. I had the world champion [Chantal Blaak (NED)] stuck in the peloton chasing behind me for a while, and I just had to get my head down, commit to it, and see how long I could last."
Wright praised the home crowd for helping her lead the way for so long with their vociferous support for her brave approach in a field full of world-class cyclists.
"It was an incredible experience to hear people screaming my name as I went round the streets of Glasgow," Wright added. "All the backing was really appreciated and I think it helped me hold on to my lead for as long as I did."