Lizzie Armitstead taken to hospital after Aviva Women's Tour finish line crash leaves her injured

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) was taken to hospital by air ambulance following a crash immediately over the finish line at stage one of the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour.

Armitstead had just won the 112 km opening stage and was celebrating when she came down, hitting a group of officials and photographers. She had not braked at the time of impact.

After over 30 minutes of treatment on the road, during which 26-year-old Armitstead was placed in a neck brace and apparently sedated, she was taken to Norwich Hospital where her condition was assessed.

Despite initial reports at the scene, it was found she had not suffered any serious injury. However, she will not start Thursday’s stage two, instead choosing to recover and prepare for the nationals, which take place in Lincoln on June 28.

The crash seems to have occurred when she was blown off course whilst celebrating her win causing her to veer into the finish line photographers. The wind, which had been brisk throughout the stage between Bury St Edmunds and Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, seems to have caught her bike, pushing her sharply to her left.

A number of other riders were brought down in the incident, though no other serious injuries have been reported.

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Amitstead had insisted the race was not a priority for her, telling us earlier: “Whenever I put myself under pressure to win something it doesn’t come off”.

Despite consistent form throughout 2014, during which Armitstead won the Women’s World Cup, she failed to finish last year’s Women’s Tour, withdrawing after the penultimate stage without a win.

Lizzie Armitstead at the start, Women's Tour 2015, stage one

Lizzie Armitstead at the start, Women’s Tour 2015, stage one

The Commonwealth champion has been in scintillating form this year. She currently leads the overall classification in the Women’s World Cup, having won the Trofeo Binda in March and the most recent round, the Parx Casino Philly Classic in America earlier this month. Including today’s stage, she has won her last three races, taking he total for the year to seven.

Organisers, Sweetspot released a statement: “After crossing the line with her hands in the air, stage winner Lizzie Armitstead appeared to lose control and veer left, clipping photographers positioned across the finish line.

“Lizzie was immediately attended to by race medical staff at the finish line who dealt with the incident before she was taken to hospital.

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“Everyone from the Aviva Women’s Tour wishes Lizzie all the best for a speedy recovery and will make no further comment at this stage.”

The race itself was gripping throughout, a group of six riders escaped, including Britons Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) and Elinor Barker (Matrix Fitness). One rider, Heather Fischer (USA) crashed, and Archibald dropped back to the peloton with 15km remaining.

The remaining four were caught only about 100 metres from the line, after which Armitstead crashed.

Tomorrow’s second stage tackles a 138 km route between Braintree and Clacton in Essex.

You can Katie Hall’s (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling) and Dani King’s (Wiggle Honda) rides in detail on Strava by clicking here and here.

Start in Bury St Edmunds, Women's Tour 2015, stage one

Start in Bury St Edmunds, Women’s Tour 2015, stage one


Aviva Women’s Tour 2015, stage one: Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh, 112.6km
1. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans in 2-39-53
2. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio-SRAM
3. Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS
4. Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini
5. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda
6. Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo-Liv
7. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
8. Alexis Ryan (USA) UnitedHealthcare
9. Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla
10. Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86 all same time

Overall classification after stage one
1. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans
2. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio-SRAM at 4 secs
3. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini at 5 secs
4. Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS at 6 secs
5. Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 6 secs
6. Elinor Barker (GBr) Matrix Fitness at 7 secs
7. Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale Cipollini at 10 secs
8. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda at 10 secs
9. Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo-Liv at 10 secs
10. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86 at 10 secs

Boels-Dolmans team receive leader's jersey on Armitstead's behalf

Boels-Dolmans team receive leader’s jersey on Armitstead’s behalf

 Wiggle Honda on the Women’s Tour

  • LizziesDad

    Indeed you were Bob…hadn’t intended a reply to yourself ….rather a comment on the preceding level of acrimony.
    Worth noting Lizzie hasn’t blamed others and vice versa.

  • Bob

    errr wasn’t I saying that?

  • fred flintstone

    I didn’t say she was. My point is valid, some are exhausted and should given space. It does not matter if you were there or not. You probably had a worse view than the shown in the video.

  • fred flintstone

    By your silly comment you show that it is you who knows nothing and are clearly no rider.

  • fred flintstone

    Andy, you make out you are so knowledgeable by trying to put every one else down. You clearly do not ride to any sort of comp[etative standard if at all or you would not be saying half the things you say. You stick to watching pal.

  • fred flintstone

    She was on the road that was still part of the race track. She is entitled to ride any part of it! She is entitled to a wobble or deviation from a gust of wind. The coarse and finish should be kept well clear. Sometimes riders are so exhausted after a gruelling ride and a sprint finish that they have no energy left for evasive steering, coordination leaves them, they need space and time to stop safely.

  • LizziesDad

    It was a high speed sporting accident.
    Lizzie made a mistake, the photographers/organisers made a mistake.
    Everyone will learn from their mistakes.
    Why all the bitterness and vitriol ??

  • Freddy Merckx

    Andy, you are correct. If anyone is to blame then it was down to Lizzie misjudging things – not a criticism of her as even the best make mistakes occasionally. The evidence for this is clear – she actually crossed the finish line in the middle of the road and then begins to veer sharply to her left – largely due to the fact that she is celebrating with her hands off the bars for too long. She panicked but it was too late to react. Thankfully, all involved were not too seriously injured. For those who suggest that the photographers or Race Director were in anyway to blame for this incident shows gross naivety on their part.

  • Bob

    from what I can tell it was a combination of too close proximity from the press and lizzie making a misjudgement, ‘hands up’ anyone who hasn’t touched wheels or taken a spill because of not concentrating – crashing hurts, so cut her some slack and hope she recovers soon instead of casting stones

  • Michael

    because she won?
    A finish line crash could have happened for a number of reasons, the fact that there are barriers recognises that its a hazardous environment – why would you introduce more risk by allowing anyone in there?
    So what if Lizzie made a mistake, if the area had been clear it would it have mattered?


    if other people want to openly post their uneducated opinions of something they didn’t see first hand quite openly on here, then they must be prepared to accept criticism. Otherwise, there’s an easy answer to that…don’t post.
    I haven’t veered off anything, maybe you need to read my post again, you seem quite ignorant of what I’ve posted.
    On a personal level i don’t need to justify myself or my opinions to you.
    I suggest you stop trying to be a c*nt.

  • MrFresh

    This has nothing to do with women’s cycling getting exposure or not but the case of an accident. Maybe you should exercise delivering your criticism of others in an objective manner rather than veering off point.


    You know nothing.

    Stick to football


    She didn’t ‘veer away’ from him at all. She didn’t have her bloody hands on the bar when she started ‘veering’ you muppet.
    i was there, she spent too long celebrating with her hands off the bar, the bike started veering left, she quickly put her hands on the bar but it was too late.
    watch the video again but without the shjte in your eyes eh..


    If they are so totally exhausted at the end of a race then why are they taking their hands off the bars?
    You don’t have an argument, sorry. I was there, Lizzie screwed up and she’s knows it.


    To all the people saying it was the photographers fault for being so close, well i was there and I can tell you they were no more or less away from the finish line than they are at mens races. There was more than enough space for the lead riders to come through.
    Simple fact is, it was Lizzies fault, she lost control of the handlebars, veered off to the left and by the time she put her hands back on the bar it was too late, she hit the photographer (who was actually trying to get out of the way). She’s completely to blame.
    Just because she’s the rider it doesn’t mean she isn’t in the wrong, everyone on here is blowing sunshine up her arris but she screwed up, plain and simple.
    You can’t have it both ways and say womens cycling needs more exposure and then in the next breath blame photographers for being too close to the action.
    Lizzie screwed up, i was there and you lot weren’t so go do one.

  • fred flintstone

    The one photographer was a fair way out into the road. The riders cross that line at high speed 30+mph.. A gust of wind will move the bike regardless of if you are holding the bars with no hands or both. The riders have to have space! Many are totally exhausted when they cross the line and can barely stay on the bike. They should be allowed the space to slow, sway wobble if required prior to actually stopping.

  • fred flintstone

    The one photographer was a fair way out into the track and also they were close to the finish line. They cross that line at full speed 30+mph.. A gust of wind will move regardless of if you are holding the bars with no hands or both. They have to have space! Many are totally exhausted when they cross the line and can barely stay on the bike. They should be allowed the space to slow, sway wobble if required prior to actually stopping.

  • Joel

    Vos, former multiple time Road, Track, Cyclo-Cross & Mountain Bike World Champion sounds better 😛

    Didn’t realise her nickname is The Cannibal, suppose it’s accurate!

  • Simon Clarke

    The Race director blatantly walks out across the road as they are coming over the line. She veers away from him, towards the photographers, and then he continues across the road so she has to veer the opposite way at which time it’s too late. it’s entirely the fault of the old fart in the light blue shirt. There should be no one behind the finish line- end of story.

  • dourscot

    You one of the race organisers? Sounds like excuse-mongering to me.

  • dourscot

    I watched the video and don’t agree – never seen photographers so close to the finishing line on a major race.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    Maybe now commissaires will start applying the rules.Consider all the other riders she brought down.

  • binghammer

    That’s my take on it, too. The course narrowed suddenly and by quite a lot.The bunch of guys were standing too far out in the road and too close to the line. In a closely packed sprint like this, riders will veer all over the place – they’re not on rails. I was disappointed that ITV 4’s reporter Ned Boulting and guest commentator, the Dutch Olympic road champion Marriane Vos didn’t offer any insight into what clearly looked a badly laid out finish.

  • Andy Edwards

    The photographers are always there, all the riders know that and can see them. Lizzie lost control, so only herself to blame. Pleased to see that she is ok though.

  • reece46

    I’ll stand over your shoulder x 4, just over the finish line of a sprint? I beg to differ.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Having now seen the crash clearly on TV, I’ve no doubt some of the photographers were too far out. There was a pinch point, a piece of pavement that came out in the road, but then a few guys had to stand further out than that – right in the middle of the road.

  • Kevino Daviessss

    Maybe riders who can’t ride non handed should learn in case they win a stage!! This way no one else can complain when maybe just maybe the cyclist is at fault this time!

  • Guy McArthur

    Why can’t they keep the course clear? Looked like she was in control, just a normal victory salute and veered slightly off line into a couple of people.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    If you trawl through the various videos on the net, you can see that CW’s report is accurate – Lizzie came across the line at top speed, but appeared to lose control of her bike while her hands were in the air. Quite possibly the wind.

    No real fault of Lizzie’s, nor really of the group of photographers and officials – who were in fact quite a long way back. Mick Bennett isn’t a fool you know.

  • SloRoC2shmo

    when will race organisers bloody learn. clear everyone out of the f**king way for hundreds of yards. goddammit. how many times does this hv to happen.