Lizzie Armitstead

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Lizzie Armitstead
Lizzie Armitstead,13 August 2012.jpg
Armitstead in 2012
Personal information
Full name Elizabeth Mary Armitstead
Born (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 25)
Otley, England
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
Discipline Road and Track
Amateur team(s)
2006
2007
2008
2008–2009
Raleigh ERV
Global Racing Team
Team Halfords Bikehut
100% ME
Professional team(s)
2009
2010–2011
2012
2013–
Lotto-Belisol Ladies
Cervélo TestTeam
AA Drink-leontien.nl
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
Infobox last updated on
9 March 2014

Elizabeth Mary "Lizzie" Armitstead (born 18 December 1988) is an English professional track and road racing cyclist. She won a total of five medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2009 and 2010 before choosing to focus on road racing. She won the silver medal in the road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished 10th in the time trial.

Early life[edit]

Armitstead was born in the market town of Otley in West Yorkshire, where she attended Prince Henry's Grammar School, a state comprehensive school. She took up cycling in 2004 after British Cycling's Olympic Talent Team visited the school.[2][3] She is a graduate of British Cycling's Olympic Podium Programme. Armitstead has been a vegetarian since the age of ten.[4]

Track career[edit]

Armitstead won a silver medal in the scratch race at the Junior World Track Championships in 2005, she was under-23 European Scratch Race Champion in 2007 and 2008, and came second in the Points Race in 2007.

Armitstead was a member of the gold medal winning team pursuit squad at the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, her second appearance at a senior world championship event. She also competed in the scratch race, where despite being brought down in the closing stages of the race, jumped back on to claim the silver medal. She completed the championships with a full set of medals, winning bronze in the points race whilst riding with her right wrist numb and strapped up — she was only able to move her forefinger and thumb.

Road career[edit]

Armitstead, Marianne Vos and Olga Zabelinskaya in the breakaway that led to all three winning medals in the road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Armitstead finished second in the 2014 Tour of Flanders, behind teammate Ellen van Dijk

In 2009, Armitstead joined the Lotto-Belisol cycling team and rode a number of top level road races. She won the under 23 category of the British National Road Race Championships and the silver medal in the senior category after some controversy.[5][6] In 2010 she rode for Cervélo TestTeam,[7] staying with the franchise in its new formation as Garmin-Cervélo throughout 2011.[8] Following the discontinuation of the Garmin Cervélo women's team, Armitstead rode for the AA Drink-Leontien.nl team in 2012.[9] She won the silver medal in the road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Briton to win a medal at the Olympics.[10] In 2013 Armitstead signed for the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team.[11][12] Her 2013 season was affected by a recurring stomach illness which was eventually diagnosed as a symptom of a hiatus hernia.[13] In April 2014 it was announced that Armitstead had renewed her contract with Boels Dolmans until the end of 2016.[14] Armitstead started the 2014 road cycling season successful and won the Omloop van het Hageland. A week later she also won the first World Cup race of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe, after team mate Ellen van Dijk closed a massive gap for her in the final of the race.[15] At the third World Cup race, the Tour of Flanders, she finished second behind Ellen van Dijk.

Palmarès[edit]

2005
2nd scratch race, UCI Track Cycling World Championships (junior)
1st United Kingdom points race, British National Track Championships (junior)
2nd 500 m TT, British National Track Championships (junior)
3rd scratch race, British National Track Championships (junior)
2006
1st United Kingdom British National Circuit Race Championships
1st WCRA Criterium Championships
2nd scratch race, British National Track Championships (senior)
2nd points race, British National Track Championships (junior)
2nd pursuit, British National Track Championships (junior)
3rd scratch race, British National Track Championships (junior)
3rd national 500 m TT, British National Track Championships (junior)
2007
1st European Union scratch race, European Track Championships, under 23
1st United Kingdom British National Circuit Race Championships
2nd points race, European Track Championships, under 23
2008
1st European Union scratch race, 2008 European Track Championships, under 23
1st European Union team pursuit, European Track Championships, under 23
2nd points race, 2008 European Track Championships, under 23
1st points race, round 1 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Manchester
1st scratch race, round 1 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Manchester
1st team pursuit, round 1 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Manchester
1st scratch race, round 2 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Melbourne
1st team pursuit, round 2 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Melbourne
2009
1st scratch race, round 5 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Copenhagen
1st team pursuit, round 5 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Copenhagen
1st Arc en ciel.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
2nd Scratch, UCI Track World Championships
3rd Points race, UCI Track World Championships
1st Scratch, 2008–09 UCI Track Cycling World Ranking
1st Team pursuit, 2008–09 UCI Track Cycling World Ranking
1st United KingdomBritish National Road Race Championships under 23
2nd British National Road Race Championships
1st Young rider classification Giro d'Italia Femminile (Giro Donne)
3rd General classification Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Points classification
1st Stage 6
1st Team pursuit, round 1 2009-2010 Track World Cup, Manchester
1st Points race,round 1 2009-2010 Track World Cup, Manchester
2010
2nd Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
2nd Omnium, UCI Track World Championships
1st Tour de l'Aude Stage 1
1st United Kingdom British National Road Race Championships under 23
2nd British National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 6 La Route de France
1st Points classification Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Stages 3, 4 & 5
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road Race Commonwealth Games
9th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2011
1st Stage 1 Tour of Chongming Island
2nd Tour of Chongming Island World Cup
1st United Kingdom British National Road Race Championships
1st Points classification, Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Stage 6
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st United Kingdom points race, 2011 British National Track Championships
1st United Kingdom scratch race, 2011 British National Track Championships
2012
1st Omloop van het Hageland
1st Gent–Wevelgem
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Road Race, 2012 Summer Olympics
2013
1st United Kingdom British National Road Race Championships
2nd Ridderronde Maastricht
3rd Overall Holland Ladies Tour
2014
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Omloop van het Hageland
3rd Drentse 8
1st Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
2nd Trofeo Alfredo Binda
2nd Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athletes: Elizabeth Armitstead". london2012.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Feekins, Steve (19 January 2012). "London Olympic hopefuls: Lizzie Armitstead". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Lizzie Armistead only took up cycling to get out of maths, claims PE teacher". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Fotheringham, William (29 July 2012). "London 2012: Lizzie Armitstead flowers in the rain with quick silver". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Richardson, Simon; Cleverly, Ian. "Cooke wins unprecedented tenth title". Cyclingweekly.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Richardson, Simon. "Cookson overrules to reinstate Armitstead". Cyclingweekly.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Armistead signs with Cervélo". Cyclingnews.com. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Armitstead, Lizzie (15 September 2010). "Team axe was a shock but we had fitting finale". Thisislondon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Armitstead, Lizzie (12 January 2012). "Kids taught me a lesson on my return to school". Thisislondon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Slater, Matt (29 July 2012). "Lizzie Armitstead wins Olympic Silver Medal". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Atkins, Ben (28 September 2012). "Lizzie Armitstead leads host of new signings at Dolmans-Boels". Velonation.com. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Croydon, Emily (23 January 2013). "Lizzie Armitstead questions if new teams will change women's cycling". BBC Sport. 
  13. ^ Armitstead, Lizzie (24 October 2013). "Lizzie Armitstead blog: I've finally got to the bottom of the stomach illness that has blighted my 2013 season". skysports.com. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lizzie Armitstead Renews with Boels Dolmans". Cycling News. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Help from van Dijk elevates Armitstead". Yorkshire Post. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 

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