Storey bides her time to strike for gold medal number 14

Cyclist Dame Sarah Storey DBE (C4-5) wins a gold medal and celebrates with daughter Louisa. Pic credit: onEdition.
Cyclist Dame Sarah Storey DBE (C4-5) wins a gold medal and celebrates with daughter Louisa. Pic credit: onEdition.

Dame Sarah Storey powered to her third Paralympic gold in Rio, taking her career tally to 14 - just two less than swimmer Mike Kenny, the most successful British Paralympian of all time.

Disley rider Storey, 38, proved unstoppable during the 72km C4/5 road race, riding safely in the pack before striking out alone to cross the line in two hours, 15 minutes and 42 seconds.

The early pace along the picturesque beachfront course was pretty pedestrian - Storey later likened it to a ‘coffee ride’ - and she hit the front at the first sign of a steep climb and never looked back.

In the end she finished three and a half minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Poland’s Anna Harkowska, while ParalympicsGB team-mate Crystal Lane came through to take bronze.

Storey, who is now hoping to earn selection for next month’s UCI Road Race World Championships, said: “It’s great to win another gold, they are all really special and I’m just really proud and chuffed with how these Games have turned out.

“I just stayed patient, stayed out of trouble and waited for my time because I knew I had more power than anyone else.

“We were averaging about 32kmph for the first 45km and everyone seemed happy to sit behind me, which was pretty frustrating.

“Once I hit the front on the first climb I knew that I had it. I was time-trialling and just making sure I kept my power higher than the chase could manage.”

Storey has once again been one of ParalympicsGB’s standard bearers, just as she was in London four years ago.

And she admits pride that the team have many of their London performances, saying: “Hats off to everyone within the team. I’m just so delighted to have played a small part in that.”