Lizzie Armitstead reflects on her brilliant year

Cycling Weekly catches up with the Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lizzie Armitstead to talk about her successful season, how she can develop in 2015, and that disappointment at the Worlds

Lizzie Armitstead

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

For Lizzie Armitstead, 2014 was the year she cemented her place at the very top of women’s cycling. The just-turned 26-year-old won the Commonwealth Games road race, the season-long women’s road World Cup and finished in the top 10 of a remarkable 38 of her 47 UCI level races. Despite this success, the one title she coveted was that of world champion.

The Olympic silver medallist finished seventh in Ponferrada, after being part of a four-strong escape which couldn’t work together and was caught 500 metres from the line. Those that watched her post-race TV interview saw a forlorn expression which told the story of a frustrating race.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.