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Cycling: Armitstead takes the title at National Road Race Championships

June 24, 2013

London Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead and Former Road World Champion Mark Cavendish were crowned champions in the 2013 British Cycling National Road Race Championships in Glasgow yesterday.

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Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) regained the title she won in 2011, beating the Wiggle Honda duo of Laura Trott and Dani King. Trott’s second place saw her take the U23 women’s title, ahead of Emma Grant (Matrix Fitness Racing) and Elinor Barker,  also of Wiggle Honda.

The race took off around the half-way point with a break of four riders – the Boels Dolman pair of Armitstead and Emma Trott, with the Wiggle Honda pair of Dani King and Laura Trott. With two laps to go Emma Trott was dropped leaving Armitstead outnumbered by the Wiggle Honda pair.

However, Armitstead was clearly the strongest rider as she attacked and dropped her breakaway companions in the University Avenue climb. By Sauchiehall Street, Armitstead was 25 seconds clear of the chasing pair and the crown was hers.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, commented on a momentous day in Glasgow:
‘Nearly 200 elite athletes raced through the heart of the city and a 30,000 strong crowd turned out to watch Lizzie Armitstead and Mark Cavendish don the coveted striped jerseys. The success of today’s event and the fantastic public support stands us in very good stead for the portfolio of world-class events we have coming to the city in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond.’

The highlights of the British Cycling National Road Championships will be broadcast tonight at 7pm on ITV4.

Sportsister, The Women’s Sport Magazine

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