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Winning first medals on her professional debut was surreal for cyclist Llori Sharpe

Winning first medals on her professional debut was surreal for cyclist Llori Sharpe

Sharpe was on the podium twice in her pro debut in Spain on Saturday. Contributed It was with a sense of disbelief that Llori Sharpe…

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Sharpe was on the podium twice in her pro debut in Spain on Saturday. Contributed

It was with a sense of disbelief that Llori Sharpe stepped onto the podium in Spain at the conclusion of the Liga Autonomica de Féminas in Spain on Saturday.

In what was the first race of her professional career, Sharpe finished in third place in the Elite Category and second place in the Under 23 Category.

Her Rwanda teammate Valentine Nzayisenga finished in fifth place from a line-up of 110 riders. The 79 km, three-lap event included 6 km of gravel.

Sharpe signed a one-year contract with the German cycling team Canyon-SRAM Generation in December 2021, becoming the first Jamaican cyclist to sign with a European ream. On Saturday, the former triathlete began repaying their faith in signing her.

Still, it was a surreal moment for the 21-year-old Sports Science student at the University of the West Indies.

“When it just happened, I honestly couldn’t believe it, but it has finally sunk in and I’m really proud of myself and my efforts today (Saturday),” she told Sportsmax.TV while explaining the successful strategy.“I think I was able to read the race and my competitors well and just had to make my move when I felt the time was right.”The success she enjoyed on Saturday, has not come without sacrifices. Sharpe has been living in Spain since mid-January, away from her family and those closest to her. She reveals that it has not been easy.“Some days I feel really good and […]

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