An eight-year-old girl from Northamptonshire who posted a film to Twitter showing herself eating some Haribo after a long ride received a reply from the rider who inspired it, Peter Sagan - who told her, "One day you could even become world champion in a few years."
Ruby Isaac's tribute to the back-to-back men's road world champion was made after he was filmed hoovering up some Haribo, dropped into his cupped hands by a soigneur, immediately after the Bora-Hansgrohe star won the Belgian one-day race Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne the weekend before last.
She was filmed in a homage to that footage after finishing a bike ride yesterday evening.
Her tweet has been 'liked' more than 2,000 times and has been retweeted by nearly 400 people.
— Ruby Isaac (@RubyWIsaac) 6 March 2017
Here's the reply from Sagan.
You could even become a world champion in a few years... So, remember never give up! https://t.co/Tc7tB9ZuNL
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) 6 March 2017
The world champion has almost 600,000 followers on Twitter, but only follows 66 people himself - and now, Ruby is among them, joining the likes of Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali, the only current riders to have won all three of cycling's Grand Tours, as well as figures from outside cycling including Arnold Scharzenneger and Jenson Button.
Ruby has only been on Twitter since January but already has almost 500 followers and even the briefest of glances at her timeline reveals she is not only a huge fan of pro cycling and women's racing in particular, but also gets in the saddle herself whenever she can.
It's early days in her own fledgling cycling career, and sensibly she's taking a cross-disciplinary approach.
Last month, she finished third in a mountain bike race at Lea Valley VeloPark, and other posts to Twitter show her receiving cyclo-cross coaching in Milton Keynes from multiple British champion Helen Wymen, taking to the boards of the Street Velodrome at the recent London Bike Show, winning a race at the Calshot Winter Series, and riding on the rollers in preparation for the coming road season.
Clearly a passion for cycling is essential for any youngster eyeing a future career in the sport and Ruby has that in spades - we wish her all the best with it.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.