The high point of Lizzie Armitstead’s career so far is undoubtedly the silver medal she won in the Road Race at the London Olympics 2012. Although she was beaten to the gold in a sprint finish with Marianne Voss, this was the first medal for Team GB at the games and the focus of national attention.
Lizzie started out with a flurry of success on the track, winning nine medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and five at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships between 2008 and 2010. This included gold in the team pursuit at the World Championships in 2009. Since then she has focused heavily on road events. Aside from the Olympic silver, she has also finished second in the Road Race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and taken gold in the British National Road Race Championships in 2011 and 2013.
Born on 18 December 1988, Lizzie is from Otley, West Yorkshire. Like many of the recent generation of young British cyclists, she was discovered at her school after a visit from British Cycling’s Olympic Talent Team. She is a popular figure in the UK and has worked as commentator and writer for national broadcasters.
Equally adept on track or road, Lizzie is a genuine all-rounder. While the 2012 season saw her focus exclusively on road events, this was a decision made with Olympic preparation in mind. After the success she has subsequently enjoyed, it remains to be seen when, or indeed if, she will make the move back to the track.