Lizzie Wins Gold!

Otley, and Bridge Church, cycling star Lizzie Armitstead led an England one-two ahead of retiring team-mate Emma Pooley in a sensational Commonwealth Games women’s road race on the final day of Glasgow 2014.

Armitstead finished with silver behind Australia’s Rochelle Gilmore in Delhi four years ago and claimed Britain’s first medal of London 2012, with Olympic silver behind Marianne Vos of Holland.

Now the 25-year-old Yorkshire rider has the title she has long craved and how she deserved it after producing a performance which was full of tactical nous and talent.

Armitstead, a 2009 team pursuit world champion on the track, won the 2013 British title on the same Glasgow course, albeit with an extra lap, and was confident heading into the race, determined to shed her perennial runner-up status.

And she did it with style. No doubt there were thousands of people back home in Otley screaming at their TV sets and willing her on.

After clinching the title she has long craved, Armitstead said: “I just feel like I deserve it.

“I’ve trained so hard. I’m always on the podium but I don’t win that many races.

“It’s just a confidence thing. Once you’ve got a big title you can call yourself a champion finally.

“Hopefully it will bode well for the rest of the season.

“The psychologists tell you it should never be a relief when you win a race but to tell you the truth it is.”

She added: “I am really happy. That was the best cycling teamwork I have ever been a part of.”


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