Lizzie Armitstead: Rider Profile

Lizzie Armitstead
Date of birth: 18/12/1988
From: Otley, Yorkshire
Team: Boel-Dolmans
Previous teams: AA (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
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Strade Bianche
Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Tour of Flanders

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

Omloop van het Hageland
Ronde van Drenthe
Commonwealth Games road race
UCI Women’s World Cup overall

British road race national champion

Omloop van het Hageland
Olympic road race, silver

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

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

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
U23 National road race championships
Track World Cup, Manchester, points race
Track World Cup, Manchester, team pursuit

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

Circuit de Wallonie
Cheshire Classic; stage
Cheshire Classic; overall
National circuit race champion
European track champs, under-23 scratch race gold

National circuit race champion
WCRA circuit race champion

Related links
Cycling Weekly’s Rider Profiles: Index

External link
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