Lizzy Banks is becoming a professional cyclist again
Banks left the sixth year of her medical degree to pursue a career in cycling
A latecomer to the sport, Lizzy Banks, the 32-year-old left the sixth year of her medical degree to pursue a career in cycling, giving up long-held hopes of being a doctor to try to be a professional athlete. She made a name for herself as a rider who had taken a risk, stepped away from well-laid plans to try and make it in the peloton, and looked to be doing just that. Lizzy Banks has not been a professional cyclist for all that long.
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The last two years, her place in the peloton has been empty, sidelined for two seasons in a row by back-to-back medical issues threatening her trajectory toward the sport’s top. At first, Lizzy Banks’ switch to professional racing was all going well, exceptionally well, in fact.
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She came second at the GP de Plouay, behind compatriot Lizzie Deignan. After racing for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling in 2018, in her first full European seasons she won stages at the Giro Donne in both 2019 and 2020. Banks said that in January 2023, there is definitely a sense that she feels she is, first and foremost, relieved to be largely rid of the various ailments that have derailed her last two seasons.
She has settled into life in Geneva, she is making the most of the winter with some cross-country skiing. Lizzy can exercise and train again. Most of all, though, she’s just looking forward to being able to race again.
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