Cycling: Lowther pedals to World Championships glory

Tingley's Melissa Lowther. Pic: Scott Merrylees
Tingley's Melissa Lowther. Pic: Scott Merrylees

Tingley cycling sensation Melissa Lowther produced two brilliant rides in the UCI World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

Lowther, 18, was picked for Team GB in the junior women’s division and represented her country in the women’s junior road race and the junior time trial.

The Matrix Fitness-Culpine rider battled wet conditions to finish a magnificent seventh in the time trial with a time of 20:36.08, just 27 seconds behind winner, Australian Macey Stewart.

GB coach Matt Winston said: “Mel’s ride, top ten, is fantastic. To put herself up there in seventh place, I’m really happy with that.”

Lowther wasn’t finished there however and she led the British team’s challenge in the road race, claiming 37th spot in a top-class field.

GB coach Winston was pleased with her performance saying: “Mel has struggled a lot over the past two years with illness and injury, so she can come away from the worlds with her head held high.”

A delighted Lowther took to Twitter and tweeted: “Happy to have come 7th at the Junior World Individual Time Trial Championships today.”

She added: “I am happy to have finished 37th on such a testing [road race] course. Thank you to all the GB staff for looking after me and for the opportunity to race.”

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