Women's Grand Prix: Laura Trott 'powered by jam sandwiches'

Trott to give title defence 'best shot'

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."

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.

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