Lizzie Armitstead became the fourth British woman to take victory at the World Championships road race on Saturday, following in the footsteps of Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke who won the rainbow jersey in 2008.

The Yorkshirewoman looked to be out of the race as a breakaway got away, but as things came back together, Armitstead launched an attack on the final climb which eventually proved fruitless.

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But as the reduced front group came back together, the 26-year-old managed to navigate her way from the front of the group and in behind the likes of Dutch rival Anna van der Breggen.

As Van der Breggen launched her sprint, Armitstead moved alongside and was able to hold on, bursting into tears immediately after realising she’d secured her first Worlds victory.

Armitstead said after that she was willing to risk losing to try and get the win, while she also had to skilfully bunny-hop a bottle in the feed zone to stay upright in the bunch.

  • Bob

    Superb, WD Lizzie