Sarah Storey will go for a fourth gold medal at London 2012 today after securing her third in the time-trial yesterday.
The road race at Brands Hatch gives Sarah the chance for an 11th career Paralympic title, an achievement which would see her match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as Britain’s greatest female paralympian. Sarah said: "Tanni's a good friend, an incredible athlete and such a lovely girl. I can't believe I've been put on the same page as her. Just to even be thought of in the same breath is an honour, whether or not tomorrow goes my way.”
Today’s event is arguably the least predictable of Sarah’s four events after she won the individual pursuit and the 500m time-trial in the velodrome before yesterday’s victory on the road.
And Sarah anticipates she will be a marked woman. "The road race is a road race, you can never tell,” Sarah said. “The girls will all be gunning to beat me after this week. I'll have to keep my wits about me and see what happens. I'm marked everywhere I go. I'll see what I can do and hopefully have the legs for it tomorrow."
Crystal Lane is set to ride the women's C4/5 road race, with Jon-Allan Butterworth entered into the equivalent men's event.
Mark Colbourne, who won the men's C1 time-trial silver to go with the gold and silver he earned on the track, has a chance to win into the men's C1-3 road race alongside C3 rider Shaun McKeown.
"Tanni is such a good friend, an incredible athlete and such a lovely girl. I can't believe I've been put on the same page as her."
- Sarah Storey
photos Janos Schmidt