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Cycling: Victory for Lizzie Armitstead in National Road Race Championship

June 27, 2011

Lizzie Armitstead secured her first British National Championships road race title yesterday, sprinting to victory in Northumberland.

Having placed second for the last two years, the 22 year-old saw off 10-time winner Nicole Cooke to claim the gold.

Speaking after the 65-mile title race, she said: “I’ve been getting so many silvers, it’s nice to get a win on the road!”

Part of a four-rider break which dominated the race, Lizzie took victory by two seconds from Nicole, while her Garmin team-mate Sharon Laws secured third. Emma Pooley, the defending champion, kept the pace constantly high, eventually placing fourth.

The shape of the race was decided on the first lap on the three steep inclines of the Ryals climb. Sharon punctured on the approach to the climb and was towed back into the bunch by her team-mate Emma. The pair then went straight through the field on the climb and latched onto an attack led by their team-mate Lizzie, who accelerated over the top of the final bank.

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As they headed into the final 250 metres, it was Sharon who attacked first, and Lizzie was straight on her wheel, taking a great lead out and rounding her team-mate to take a good win.

After the race, Lizzie admitted the Ryals climb had proved a challenge in training but “felt really easy” in the race.

She added: “I just thought ‘go for it and see what happens’.

“It was hard, but made a bit easier by the other girls in the break. I just played to my strengths – I was the lazy sprinter in the group!

“At the finish, Sharon went with about 250 yards to go, whereas I was planning to go at about 200 to go. It was a bit of a long sprint, but still good.”

The chasing group trailed in 2:48, while the remains of the bunch was more than five minutes further back.

Laura Trott led in the bunch to claim the Under-23 title from Lucy Martin and Dani King.

Results:
1 Lizzie Armitstead (Garmin-Cervelo) 2:28:40
2 Nicole Cooke (Mcipollini) @ 2sec
3 Sharon Laws (Garmin-Cervelo) @ 4sec
4 Emma Pooley (Garmin-Cervelo)
5 Laura Trott (Moving Ladies)
6 Lucy Martin (Garmin-Cervelo)
7 Dani King (Horizon Fitness)
8 Catherine Williamson (Konica Minolta)
9 Katie Colclough (HTC Highroad)
10 Emma Grant (For Viored)

Under-23 Championship:
1 Laura Trott (Moving Ladies)
2 Lucy Martin (Garmin-Cervelo)
3 Dani King (Horizon Fitness)

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
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