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Weekly Women’s Sports News – September 28

September 28, 2015

This weekend Lizzie Armitstead beame the the fourth British woman to win the Women’s Cycling Road race World Title. In football, Chelsea are in prime position to win the WSL title and in Badminton, Kirsty Gilmour continued her good form at the Prague Open.


Cycling: Lizzie Armitstead crowned World Champion
Lizzie Armitstead has been crowned women’s road world champion after winning a breathtaking sprint finish at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday. The 26-year-old outsprinted Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen to end her wait for an illustrious rainbow jersey on the road.

British Cycling president Bob Howden said:

“This is a landmark moment in the history of British Cycling. Lizzie represents the best of our great sport and deserves all of the praise coming her way.


“Her coolness under pressure in that final kilometre is the hallmark of all the great champions of cycling. She was the pride of Yorkshire and Great Britain already – now she’s the best in the world.

“I was very proud to have been there to see it in person, and in the company of Jonny Clay, now cycle sport and membership director at British Cycling, who spotted Lizzie’s potential when she was still at school in Otley.”
Full story via British Cycling
Watch the video via BBC

Badminton: Kirsty Gilmour wins Prague Open
Kirsty Gilmour won the women’s singles title at the Prague Open to continue her good form eight weeks away from the Scottish Open Grand Prix. Her 21-16 21-14 title triumph over Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri came after she finished runner-up at the Yonex Belgian International two weeks ago. It is also her first international title since retaining the Swedish Masters in January. Full story via BBC

FAWSL 1: Chelsea one win away from league title
Gemma Davison believes Chelsea can thrive under pressure and win the FA WSL 1 title after beating her former club Liverpool 4-0 to ensure they go into the final day top of the league. Davison won the title with Liverpool last season, at Chelsea’s expense, but the Blues are in pole position – two points clear of second-placed Manchester City – after Ji So-Yun’s double and goals for England strikers Fran Kirby and Eni Aluko. Read more via FAWSL

FAWSL: Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading achieve promotion
Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading were both promoted to Women’s Super League One after victories on Sunday. Doncaster came from behind to win 2-1 at London Bees thanks to two goals from Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. Reading won 3-1 away at Watford in the day’s early kick-off before their promotion was sealed when third-placed Yeovil failed to beat Oxford. Full story via BBC

Cycling: Dame Sarah Storey’s road racing team turn professional
Dame Sarah Storey’s Podium Ambition road cycling team will turn professional for the start of the Women’s World Tour in 2016. Storey, 37, has raced for the team – previously known as Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International – since it launched in 2014. Read more via BBC

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Lizzie Armitstead photos credit: British Cycling/Getty Images

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