Published 17 July 2012
Lizzie Armitstead is one of British Cycling’s real success stories, having risen up through the ranks of the Olympic Programmes after being spotted on the school playing fields aged just 15. London 2012 was a real coming of age for Lizzie on the road as she won Silver in the Road Race.
- Lizzie won nine Gold medals, on the track during the 08/09 World Cup series
- She was 2011 National Road Race Champion
- Lizzie was the first Team GB's first Olympic medallist of London 2012
The early years of her career weren’t plain sailing for Lizzie, as injuries slowed her progress. In the latter part of 2008 though, an injury-free Lizzie wowed the crowds at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, taking a hat-trick of Gold medals in the points, scratch and team pursuit disciplines. The rest of the 2008/09 track season followed, with Lizzie scooping an unprecedented nine Gold medals in the World Cup series, and capping this off with a World Champion title in the team pursuit, along with Silver in the scratch race and a Bronze in the points race. (Check out our Fans Guide to Track Cycling for more information on the different disciplines).
Lizzie has also enjoyed huge success on the road, where in the same role as Mark Cavendish, she's won various stage races on the continent, including a stint in the white jersey, for best young rider, on the prestigious Giro d’Italia. She also picked up a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Lizzie made the difficult decision to focus her attention purely on the road race and time trial during the London Olympic Games, despite her past track success. This proved to be a succesful decision as she took a brilliant Silver in the Road Race and will be looking to win another medal in the Time Trial.