Lizzie Armitstead

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Lizzie Armitstead
LizzieArmitsteadOmloopHN2016.jpg
Armitstead in the rainbow jersey after winning the 2016 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Personal information
Full name Elizabeth Mary Armitstead
Born (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 27)
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, 2015)
Ronde van Drenthe (2014)
Trofeo Alfredo Binda (2015)
The Philadelphia Cycling Classic (2015)
GP de Plouay (2015)

UCI Women's WorldTour

Strade Bianche (2016)
Trofeo Alfredo Binda (2016)
Tour of Flanders (2016)
The Women's Tour (2016)

Stage Races

Ladies Tour of Qatar (2015)

One day races

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2016)
Boels Rental Hills Classic (2015, 2016)
National Road Race Champion (2011, 2013, 2015)
Infobox last updated on
20 March 2016

Elizabeth Mary "Lizzie" Armitstead (born 18 December 1988) is an English professional world champion track and road racing cyclist. She is, as of 27 September 2015, the reigning World, Commonwealth and National road race champion. Armitstead is also the reigning and twice winner of the season-long UCI Women's Road World Cup, winning the overall competition in 2014 and the final edition in 2015. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Armitstead won the silver medal in the road race.

Prior to her road career Armitstead won a total of five medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2009 and 2010, including a gold medal in team pursuit in 2009 with Joanna Rowsell and Wendy Houvenaghel.

Early life[edit]

Armitstead was born in the market town of Otley in West Yorkshire,[2] 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.[3][4] She is a graduate of British Cycling's Olympic Podium Programme. Armitstead has been a vegetarian since the age of ten.[5]

Career[edit]

2005–2009: Track years[edit]

Armitstead at the Manchester round of the 2007 Revolution series

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 Track 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.

2009–2011: Move to road[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.[6][7] In 2010 she rode for Cervélo TestTeam.[8] Armitstead decided to stay with the franchise in its new formation as Garmin–Cervélo throughout 2011.[9]

2012[edit]

Following the discontinuation of the Garmin Cervélo women's team, Armitstead rode for the AA Drink-Leontien.nl team in 2012.[10] Armitstead built the whole of her campaign around the summer Olympics, where she would go 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 Games.[11]

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.[12][13] Her 2013 season was affected by a recurring stomach illness which was eventually diagnosed as a symptom of a hiatus hernia.[14] Even with her well documented medical concerns Armitstead emerged victorious at the British National Road Race championships – claiming her second white, red and blue jersey.[15]

2014[edit]

Armitstead at the 2014 Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, where she went 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] A week later she won the women's road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[19] Armitstead, overhauled Emma Pooley with 7 km to go to win her first major gold medal.[20] Armitstead won the UCI Women's Road World Cup with a race to spare on 24 August 2014.[21] An 8th-place finish in the Open de Suede Vargarda was enough to secure the overall title.[22]

2015[edit]

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 one day World Cup races Trofeo Alfredo Binda and the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, along with the Boels Rental Hills Classic.

In June, 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.[23] However, ten days later she had recovered sufficiently to win convincingly the British National Road Race Championships for the third time[24] taking her to the top of the UCI world rankings.[25] In August, she sprinted to victory in the final World Cup race of the season, the GP de Plouay, to retain her World Cup title ahead of her main challenger, Anna van der Breggen.[26]

To cap her best season to date, on 26 September, Armitstead won the World Championships road race in Richmond, Virginia, USA, beating van der Breggen in a sprint from a small group of nine riders at the finish line, becoming the fourth British woman to win the world road race title after Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke.[27]

2016[edit]

Armitsteads' stated aim for the 2016 season was the road race at the 2016 Olympic Games[28] Armitstead started the season as she had finished off the previous one, securing a number of one day race wins, as well as an General classification victory, breaking any curse of the rainbow jersey. Armitstead took four victories in the inaugural UCI Womens World Tour; Strade Bianche,[29][30] Trofeo Alfredo Binda,[31][32] Tour of Flanders[33] and the overall title at The Women's Tour of Britain.[34][35]

Armitstead also took victories in the Boels Rental Hills Classic[36][37] and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.[38]

Doping test controversy[edit]

In 2016, Armitstead avoided a ban from cycling that would have prevented her from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games. The charges against her were that she missed three drugs tests within a 12 month period (20 August 2015, 5 October 2015 and 9 June 2016), an offence that could have led to a four-year ban. However, at the Court of Arbitration for Sport Armitstead argued that the first missed test was not a fault of her own but rather that of the testing authorities. She accepted the other two instances. The CAS agreed with her on the first count, and it was declared not to have been a missed test, clearing her to compete.[39] The decision has drawn criticism from various quarters.[40]

In a 5 August 2016 interview, she said she believes that people will doubt her status as a clean sportsperson forever.[41] World squash champion James Willstrop wrote in defence of Armitstead, arguing that the complexity of testing procedures can easily lead to missed tests and noting that she had 16 clean tests in 2016.[42]

Palmarès[edit]

Road[edit]

2006
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Circuit Race Championships
1st WCRA Criterium Championships
2007
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Circuit Race Championships
2009
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification Giro d'Italia Femminile
2nd National Road Race Championships
3rd Overall Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Points classification
1st Stage 6
2010
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Under-23 Road Race Championships
Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Points classification
1st Stages 3, 4 & 5
1st Stage 1 Tour de l'Aude
1st Stage 6 La Route de France
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road race, Commonwealth Games
2nd National Road Race Championships
9th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2011
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Road Race Championships
Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Points classification
1st Stage 6
1st Stage 1 Tour of Chongming Island
2nd Tour of Chongming Island World Cup
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2012
1st Omloop van het Hageland
1st Gent–Wevelgem
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Road race, Summer Olympics
2nd National Road Race Championships
2013
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG 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
2nd La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
2nd Emakumeen Saria
3rd Drentse 8
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd National Road Race Championships
3rd RideLondon Grand Prix
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2015
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Womens World Cup leaders jersey.png Overall UCI Women's Road World Cup
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG 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 GP de Plouay
1st Stage 1 The Women's Tour
2nd Strade Bianche
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2016
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall The Women's Tour
1st Jersey light blue.svg Best British rider classification
1st Stage 3
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Strade Bianche
1st Trofeo Alfredo Binda
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Boels Rental Hills Classic
5th Road Race, Olympic Games

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)

Classics results timeline[edit]

Year Strade Bianche Ronde van Drenthe Gent–Wevelgem Trofeo Alfredo Binda Tour of Flanders La Flèche Wallonne Féminine GP de Plouay Open de Suède Vårgårda
2007
2008
2009 22 20
2010 49
2011 10 47 71 14
2012 17 1 34
2013 7 DNF 9 12 24 DNF
2014 1 2 2 2 8 8
2015 2 7 1 8 21 1 19
2016 1 DNF 17 1 1 28


– = Did not start.

References[edit]

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