Armistead Earns Silver for Britain in Women’s Road Cycling

Lizzie Armistead showed the men’s British cycling team how its done this weekend, winning a silver medal for Great Britain in the women’s road race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

In a nail-biting climax, Armistead just lost out in the sprint on the final straight to the finishing line to land Team GB its first medal (silver).

Lizzie Armistead showed the men’s British cycling team how its done this weekend, winning a silver medal for Great Britain in the women’s road race at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In a nail-biting climax, Armistead just lost out in the sprint on the final straight to the finishing line to land Team GB its first medal (silver).

The 23-year-old said it could have been gold if she would have made a move on the race winner, Marianne Vos earlier:

“I should have tried to jump Marianne but she’s the fastest and I’m happy enough with silver.

“The medal is something very special and it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

The heavy British rain made for an exciting and unpredictable race, with Armistead joining three other riders in a break 45km from the finish line. 

“I’ve been praying for rain, particularly when we were in the breakaway and there was a real downpour,” shed told press after the race. 

“I hate racing in heat. The harsher the conditions the better.”

American rider Shelley Olds was forced out of the four-rider break with a puncture, leaving it to Vos, Armistead and Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya to fight it out for the medal spots.

Armistead took a well deserved silver in front of thousands of British onlookers who lined the track.

The cyclist said that she hoped the silver would kick-start Britain’s medal campaign.