British Cycling president pays tribute to new world champion after road race win

British Cycling president Bob Howden has hailed Lizzie Armitstead‘s win in the UCI Road World Championships road race as “a landmark moment” in the organisation’s history.

Armitstead sprinted to victory in Richmond, USA, to cap a remarkable season in which she successfully defended her World Cup title.

“This is a landmark moment in the history of British Cycling,” said Howden. “Lizzie represents the best of our great sport and deserves all the praise coming her way.”

Armitstead is the fourth British woman to be crowned world champion, following in the footsteps of Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke.

Howden added: “I am very proud to have been there to see it in person, and in the company of Johnny Clay, now cycle sport and membership director at British Cycling, who spotted Lizzie’s potential when she was still at school in Otley.”

The win was all the more surprising for the fact that, with one lap of the course to go, Armitstead looked virtually out of contention. A nine-rider break led the peloton by 40 seconds, and there appeared little appetite to chase them down with most major nations — but not Great Britain — represented in the leading group.

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However the Dutch team did organise a chase, apparently lacking confidence in Amy Pieters’s ability to win a sprint. When the break was caught, Armitstead was able to take advantage and win a sprint for the line.

Howden said: “Lizzie’s coolness under pressure in the final kilometre is the hallmark of all great champions of cycling. She was the pride of Yorkshire and Great Britain already — now she’s the best in the world.”

  • Simon E

    Cycling Weekly could build on it too! Scant coverage of women’s racing in the comic (though the recent feature on Hayley Simmonds was very good). With the combination of Lizzie’s brilliant win, the success of the women’s tour etc and the new replacement for the women’s World cup in 2016, isn’t it about time this improved?

  • reece46

    Brilliant Lizzie, hopefully BC can build on it. Lets have more racing with in the UK with hard courses. Even by her own admission the fact track rider Laura Trott could win the women national champs a couple of years ago just demonstrates how so much of womens parcours here seems to be a cure for insomnia on TV. If that’s how it feels for a hardcore cycling fan it’s not likely to bring in many new fans, or sponsors once the novelty factor of seeing all the Schools ‘turning out’ has passed.

  • Andy Howell

    Brilliant win but “landmark”, what was Nicole Cooke’s 2008 Olympic and world double?