This year’s Women’s British National Road Race title has been comfortably won by Lizzie Armitstead of Garmin-Cervelo in a time of 2:48:40 over the 64mile course in Stamfordham, Northumberland. The 22 year old from Otley who had finished runner-up in both 2009 and 2010 (and is an alumni of the Great Britain’s Olympic Academy) sprinted home ahead of 10-time champion Nicole Cooke of Mcipollini-Giambenini to take her first National Championship win. Sharon Laws – also of Garmin-Cervelo – took third place on +4.
Very much seen as a riding star of the sport, Armitstead’s 2011 season had not started well with a string of injuries and illnesses – but following yesterday’s success (June 26), the clearly relieved rider commented: “Finally, thank God. I’ve been getting too many silvers…”