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Cycling: Lizzie Armitstead wins Britain’s first medal

July 29, 2012
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Team GB cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has won Britain’s first medal of the London Olympics with a silver medal in the women’s road race.

Taking place in rain soaked conditions,  the 140 km race started and finished on The Mall in central London. Following the same route as the men’s race yesterday, the women headed out of London through several Royal Parks and down to the hill circuit at Box Hill in Surrey. After completing two loops (the men did five) they headed back to London and it was on the the return section that the race really hotted up.

Team GB were part of the action from the start with Emma Pooley and Nicole Cooke working hard at the front of the peloton for large parts of the race. But the race really took off when the favourite Marianne Vos, Lizzie Armitstead and Olga Zabelinskaya broke away and managed to stay ahead in what was a nail biting last 20km.

The gap to the bunch grew to around 50 seconds, and as the miles disappeared it became clear that – barring incident – the medals would be shared between the three escapees.

Zabelinskaya led out the final kilometre to the finish on The Mall, but the other two were barely out of the saddle and were waiting for each other to make a move. In the final sprint to the finish Dutch rider Marianne Vos just had the edge on Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead to take the gold medal.

Look out for the full report later.

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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