Lizzie Armitstead wins the 2015 Womens World Road Championships
(Image credit: Watson)

Lizzie Armitstead

Date of birth: 18/12/1988

From: Otley, Yorkshire

Team: Boel-Dolmans

Previous teams: AA Drink-leontien.nl (2012), Garmin-Cervelo (2011); Cervelo Test Team (2010); Lotto-Belisol (2009); Halfords-Bikehut (2008); Global Racing (2007), Raleigh (2006)

Lizzie Armitstead career profile

Lizzie Armitstead underwent a meteoric rise through the ranks from junior to fully fledged senior with wins on both the road and track. She was part of British Cycling's Olympic Academy and went on a fast-track - literally - to success on the track and road.

The Yorkshire rider was a key part of Nicole Cooke's winning road race team in the 2008 World Championships in Varese, Italy. However, her finest hour came at the Track World Cup in Manchester in November 2008 when she won three events to sensationally clinch a trio of golds - the points race, scratch race and as part of the 100% Me women's team pursuit line-up. Armitstead won another gold medal in the scratch race in the Melbourne World Cup several weeks later. Crashing heavily in the points race, she recovered to take yet another medal in the team pursuit event.

Armitstead started her 2009 season with a flurry, winning two gold medals at the Copenhagen round of the Track World Cup, taking the scratch World Cup title in the process. Armitstead then took - potentially - the first of many World Championship titles in the team pursuit in Poland in 2009.

Armitstead enjoyed her strongest season on the road in 2010, with stage wins at two of the toughest women's races - a stage of the Tour de l'Aude and three stages of the Tour de l'Ardeche.

In 2011, Armitstead won the British national road race title. After electing to skip riding on the track at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Armitstead won silver in the women's road race behind Marianne Vos of the Netherlands.

On the road, Armitstead joined Boels-Dolmans in for the 2013 season, during which she regained the National road title. The following year (2014) she won the Commonwealth Games road race and a consistent performance throughout the season saw her net the UCI Women's World Cup for the first time.

Her road career then went from strength to strength, with a stand-out 2015 season that not only saw Armitstead take a host of victories and defend her World Cup title, but also become road race world champion.

Lizzie Armitstead results
2016
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Strade Bianche

Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Tour of Flanders

2015

Ladies Tour of Qatar; stage three

Ladies Tour of Qatar; stage four

Ladies Tour of Qatar; overall

Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Boels Rental Hills Classic

Women's Tour, stage one

Philadelphia Cycling Classic

GP Plouay

British road race national champion

UCI Women's World Cup overall

World Champion; road race

2014

Omloop van het Hageland

Ronde van Drenthe

Commonwealth Games road race

UCI Women's World Cup overall

2013

British road race national champion

2012

Omloop van het Hageland

Ghent-Wevelgem

Olympic road race, silver

2011

Tour of Chongming Island; stage one

British road race national championships

Thüringen Rundfahrt; stage six

Thüringen Rundfahrt; points classification

National champion, points race

National champion, scratch race

2010

Tour de l'Aude; stage two

Tour de l'Ardeche; stage three

Tour de l'Ardeche; stage four

Tour de l'Ardeche; stage five

Route de France; stage six

Under-23 British road race national championships

2009

World champion, team pursuit

Track World Cup; team pursuit overall

Track World Cup; scratch race overall

Track World Cup, Copenhagen, scratch race gold

Track World Cup, Copenhagen, team pursuit gold

National champion, scratch race

National champion, points race

Giro Donne; young riders' classification

Tour de l'Ardèche; stage six

Tour de l'Ardèche; points classification

Beveren-Prosperpolder

U23 National road race championships

Track World Cup, Manchester, points race

Track World Cup, Manchester, team pursuit

2008

Track World Cup, Manchester, points race gold

Track World Cup, Manchester, scratch race gold

Track World Cup, Manchester, team pursuit gold

Track World Cup, Melbourne, scratch race gold

Track World Cup, Melbourne, team pursuit gold

Tour de l'Ardeche, stage

2007

Circuit de Wallonie

Cheshire Classic; stage

Cheshire Classic; overall

National circuit race champion

European track champs, under-23 scratch race gold

2006

National circuit race champion

WCRA circuit race champion

Related links

Cycling Weekly's Rider Profiles: Index

External link

Lizzie Armitstead's website: www.lizziearmitstead.com