Cooke and Armitstead to follow men's race

Emma Pooley tops women's podium, Lizzie Armitstead second (l), Nicole Cooke third (r). British road race national championships 2010

Nicole Cooke and Lizzie Armitstead will ride in the British team cars for Sunday's London Surrey Cycle classic. The pair are likely to be joint leaders for the women's Olympic road race next year but without a test event for women, they don't get to preview the route.

"It is sexist, but it's the same for all the girls, so we just have to do what we can to use the home advantage." Cooke said when asked what she thought of the situation.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.