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Fresh from winning the final race and overall title in the UCI World Cup series, Lizzie Armitstead has announced that she is engaged.

The Yorkshire cyclist told the world this morning: "Last night Philip Deignan asked me to be his wife, and I said YES!"

Deignan is also a professional cyclist for Team Sky. Armitstead said in an interview with VeloUK that their relationship has helped her along the way to success, though cycling was rarely their chosen topic of conversation - saying:

If you’re happy and settled, everything falls into place. Being with Philip (Deignan ) has helped and although we don’t talk cycling much, just being happy has had a positive impact on my cycling.

We've pulled together some pictures of the couple over the last year... enjoy...

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This looks like a sign of hen-do's to come...

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The pair might be racing all season, but there's still time for summer loving...

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We're sure Lizzie was talking about pancakes and her boy, not pancakes and coffee...

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It's good to see Philip treats Lizzie like the princess she deserves to be...

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Clearly the pair do find time for holiday fun..

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Training together is a tricky topic... here at TWC we know exactly what Lizzie means here (just in our case both parties involved go a lot slower!)

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Philip is very much the Irish lad. We like him already..

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Armitstead was a bridesmaid to Joanna Rowsell Shand recently - we look forward to seeing her in the middle on her big day soon!