Lizzie Armitstead

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Lizzie Armitstead
Lizzie Armitstead,13 August 2012.jpg
Armitstead at a post-Olympic celebration in Leeds in 2012
Personal information
Full name Elizabeth Mary Armitstead
Born (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 26)
Otley, West Yorkshire, 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
Discipline Road and Track
Amateur team(s)
2006 Raleigh ERV
2007 Global Racing Team
2008–2009 100% ME
Professional team(s)
2008 Team Halfords Bikehut
2009 Lotto-Belisol Ladies
2010–2011 Cervélo TestTeam
2012 AA Drink-leontien.nl
2013– Boels-Dolmans
Major wins

UCI Women's Road World Cup

Overall (2014)
Ronde van Drenthe (2014)
Trofeo Alfredo Binda (2015)
The Philadelphia Cycling Classic (2015)

Stage Races

Ladies Tour of Qatar (2015)

One Day Races

Gent–Wevelgem (2012)
National Road Race Champion (2011, 2013, 2015)
Omloop van het Hageland (2012, 2014)
Boels Rental Hills Classic (2015)
Infobox last updated on
13 June 2015

[1][1]

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.

On the road, she won the silver medal in the road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished 10th in the time trial. She won the gold medal in the road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before winning the 2014 UCI Women's Road World Cup with a race to spare.

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]

2009[edit]

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]

2010[edit]

In 2010 she rode for Cervélo TestTeam,[7]

2011[edit]

Armitstead decided to stay with the franchise in its new formation as Garmin-Cervélo throughout 2011.[8]

2012[edit]

Following the discontinuation of the Garmin Cervélo women's team, Armitstead rode for the AA Drink-Leontien.nl team in 2012.[9] Armitstead built the whole of her campaign around the summer Olympics,; where she would on to win the silver medal in the road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics, behind Marianne Vos, in so becoming the first Briton to win a medal at the 2012 Olympics.[10]

2013[edit]

Having had to move teams in the past two seasons due to teams disbanding, Armitstead signed for the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team for the 2013 season.[11][12] Her 2013 season was affected by a recurring stomach illness which was eventually diagnosed as a symptom of a hiatus hernia.[13] Even with her well documented medical concerns Armitstead emerged victorious at the British National Road Race champions – claiming her first white, red and blue jersey.[14]

2014[edit]

Armitstead at the 2014 Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, where she would go on to claim the Points and Mountains classifications.

In April 2014 it was announced that Armitstead had renewed her contract with Boels Dolmans until the end of 2016.[15] Armitstead enjoyed a career-best year, starting with a win at 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 significant gap for her in the final kilometres of the race.[16] At the third World Cup race, the Tour of Flanders, she finished second behind Ellen van Dijk. Armitstead took part in the inaugural 2014 La Course by Le Tour de France in Paris on 27 July 2014, but crashed with 1 km to the finish.[17] A week later she won the women's road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[18] Armitstead, overhauled Emma Pooley with 7 km to go to win her first major gold medal.[19] Armitstead won the UCI Women's Road World Cup with a race to spare on the 24th August 2014.[20] An 8th-place finish in the Open de Suede Vargarda was enough to secure the overall title.[21]

2015[edit]

Armitstead, third at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

For the 2015 season Armitstead stated again her intention to build towards the UCI Road World Championships. Armitstead claimed the first overall win of her career taking the Ladies Tour of Qatar stage race, as well as winning two stages. Armitstead then went on to take victories at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Boels Rental Hills Classic.

In June 2015, Armitstead was forced to pull out of the Aviva Women's Tour after colliding with a group of photographers seconds after winning the first stage of the tour in Suffolk.[22] However, ten days later she had recovered sufficiently to win convincingly the British National Road Race Championships for the third time.[23] This victory took Armitstead to the top of the UCI world rankings.[24]

Palmarès[edit]

Road[edit]

2006
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Circuit Race Championships
1st WCRA Criterium Championships
2007
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Circuit Race Championships
2008
2009
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG U23 British National Road Race Championships
2nd British National Road Race Championships
1st Young rider classification Giro d'Italia Femminile
3rd Overall Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Points classification
1st Stage 6
2010
1st Stage 1 Tour de l'Aude
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG U23 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 British National Road Race Championships
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 MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Road Race Championships
1st Points classification, Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Stage 6
7th Road race, UCI Road World 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 MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Road Race Championships
2nd Ridderronde Maastricht
3rd Overall Holland Ladies Tour
1st Jersey yellow.svg Sprints classification
1st Combination classification
Jersey blue.svg Combativity award Stage 2 Energiewacht Tour
2014
1st Gold medal blank.svg Road Race Commonwealth Games
1st Womens World Cup leaders jersey.png Overall UCI Women's Road World Cup
1st Omloop van het Hageland
1st Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
1st Otley Grand Prix
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Jersey black.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 1
2nd Trofeo Alfredo Binda
2nd Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
2nd La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
2nd Emakumeen Saria
3rd Drentse 8
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd British National Road Race Championships[25]
3rd RideLondon Grand Prix[26]
2015
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Road Race Championships
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Ladies Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey grey.svg Points classification
1st Stages 3 & 4
1st Trofeo Alfredo Binda
1st Boels Rental Hills Classic
1st The Philadelphia Cycling Classic
1st Stage 1 The Women's Tour
2nd Strade Bianche
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Track[edit]

2005
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Junior National Track Championships (Points race)
2nd UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships (Scratch race)
2nd British Junior National Track Championships (500m TT)
3rd British Junior National Track Championships (Scratch race)
2006
2nd British Senior National Track Championships (Scratch race)
2nd British Junior National Track Championships (Points race)
2nd British Junior National Track Championships (Pursuit)
3rd British Junior National Track Championships (Scratch race)
3rd British Junior National Track Championships (500m TT)
2007
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg U23 European Track Championships (Scratch race)
2nd U23 European Track Championships (Points race)
2008
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg U23 European Track Championships (Scratch race)
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg U23 European Track Championships (Team pursuit)
1st Points race 2008–2009 Track World Cup (Manchester)
1st Scratch race 2008–2009 Track World Cup (Manchester)
1st Team pursuit 2008–2009 Track World Cup (Manchester)
1st Scratch race 2008–2009 Track World Cup (Melbourne)
1st Team pursuit 2008–2009 Track World Cup (Melbourne)
2nd European U23 Trach Championships (Points race)
2009
1st Scratch race 2008–2009 Track World Cup (Copenhagen)
1st Team pursuit 2008–2009 Track World Cup (Copenhagen)
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI Track World Championships (Team pursuit)
1st 2008–09 UCI Track Cycling World Ranking (Scratch race)
1st 2008–09 UCI Track Cycling World Ranking (Team Pursuit)
1st Team pursuit 2009-2010 Track World Cup (Manchester)
1st Points race 2009-2010 Track World Cup (Manchester)
2nd UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Scratch race)
3rd UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Points race)
2010
2nd UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Team pursuit)
2nd UCI Track World Championships (Omnium)
2011
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Track Championships (Points race)
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Track Championships (Scratch race)
2015
1st Points race, Revolution – Manchester (Round 3)
1st Points race, Revolution – Glasgow (Round 4)

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. ^ http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/lizzie-armitstead-solos-to-win-national-road-race-championships-in-glasgow-28971
  15. ^ "Lizzie Armitstead Renews with Boels Dolmans". Cycling News. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Help from van Dijk elevates Armitstead". Yorkshire Post. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lizzie Armitstead crashes out of La Course by Le Tour as Marianne Vos sprints to victory in Paris". The Telegraph. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley win road race gold and silver". Sky Sports. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Lizzie Armitstead & Emma Pooley win gold and silver". BBC Sport. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lizzie Armitstead wins Women’s World Cup". Cycling Weekly. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead wins 2014 UCI Women’s Road World Cup". The Guardian. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Armitstead out of Women's Tour after crashing into photographers". BBC Sport. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Peter Kennaugh, Lizzie Armitstead win British road race titles". BBC Sport. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Lizzie Armitstead: best in the world". Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Laura Trott and Peter Kennaugh win British road race titles". bbc.co.uk. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Bull, Nick (9 August 2014). "Giorgia Bronzini wins Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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