Lizzie Armitstead: Everybody will be out to beat me in Commonwealth road race

The 25-year-old English rider starts tomorrow's event in Glasgow as the hot favourite.

Lizzie Armitstead knows she is the rider everybody is out to beat in tomorrow morning’s Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow.

The 25-year-old Yorkshirewoman, who won the 2013 British road title on the same 14-kilometre city centre circuit that will be used in Sunday’s event, is the highest-ranked rider in the field.

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She will be supported by team-mates Emma Pooley, Hannah Barnes, Lucy Garner, Laura Trott , Dani King in the race, and it’s this strength in depth that she hopes will enable her to go one better than she did when she took silver at London Olympics in 2012.

“I think being singled out as the favourite, I need a strong team around me as everybody will race to try and make me lose. I’ve got five strong girls around me,” said Armitstead.

“I don’t know how many medals we’ve won between us, but there are a fair few golds in there. I feel very confident with our team.”

Armitstead, who had stitches in her left elbow following a crash in Sunday’s La Course criterium in Paris, believes the forecasted rain and the nature of the course will suit her.

“I really like the weather – the tougher the conditions, the better for me,” she said.

“It’s a one-day race that suits me, there are short and punchy climbs so it’s about repeated efforts with minimal recovery. It’s pretty technical, and I like to think I’m handy on my bike.

“I have the confidence to know that where I attacked last year [on Great George Street, towards the furthest-western part of the course, in the British nationals], I can go to the line solo. I’ll try and do something similar.”

Glasgow 2014 road races
Sunday August 3
Women’s race: 8am start
Men’s race: 12pm start
Glasgow City Centre Course
Start and finish: Glasgow Green
Women’s race: 98km (seven laps of 14.4km circuit)
Men’s race: 172km (12 laps of 14.4km circuit)
Live on BBC TV and the Red Button
MAP (click to enlarge)

Glasgow 2014 road race map