Jam sandwiches Trott’s ‘secret weapon’

Olympic and Commonwealth champion Laura Trott has revealed her secret weapon in the defence of her RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix title – jam sandwiches.

Trott takes on fellow Glasgow gold medallist Lizzie Armitstead and world road race champion Marianne Vos.

An 80-strong field will battle it out on Saturday in a

45-minute race around a 1.3-mile circuit

finishing on The Mall.

Trott, 22, said: “Eating a jam sandwich makes me happy. Mum will bring them.”

Revealing the reasons behind her novel energy supply, she added: “We have some really nice flavours with the energy bars, but they get a bit boring after a while.

“It’s a bit of a sugar boost as well with the jam.”


Laura Trott waves a St George's flag after winning the points race

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Trott beats Barker to points race gold

Trott added

Commonwealth Games gold

to her double London Olympic titles, shrugging off a kidney infection to beat Wales’ Elinor Barker in the Glasgow points race.

She was also part of the England team that helped

Armitstead win the women’s road race.

Trott added: “I’m back to full health. The Commonwealth Games went really well after the illness so I’m not too bothered about it.

“Helping Lizzie last Sunday was tough. It’s just completely different – you have very limited endurance. The points race was about 40 minutes whereas the road race was nearly three hours.

“I’m really excited about defending my title on Saturday. It’s a road race and I’m not the best at them, but I’ll go out and give it my best shot.”

Trott will also join riders tackling Sunday’s RideLondon-Surrey 100, hoping to finish this year’s long-distance event after dropping out on the course 12 months ago.

She will ride alongside her dad, Adrian, and added: “I am quite nervous. I know what my dad’s like – he’ll be pushing for a good time.

“I know he wants to go under five hours, which I am slightly concerned about. I’ll give it a good shot.”

Saturday’s race will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 17:00 BST.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/28714558

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